The Primary Health Care Team
Doctors in Partnership
Dr José Luis Fernández Fidalgo
Qualified Oviedo, Spain 1986 LMS Certificate in Diabetes Care
Born in Gijon, Spain. Joined the practice in 1997
Specialist interests - Care of the Elderly, Diabetes, Lead GP in Safeguarding.
Dr Fidalgo's personal interests include history, cooking, playing squash and fell walking.
Dr Fiona Ironside
Qualified 1985 MB ChB, MRCOG, MRCGP
Joined the practice in 2012
Specialist interests - Minor surgery, Cardiology, Female Endocrinology and Gynaecology.
Dr Ironside enjoys spending time with her children, when she can! She enjoys horse riding and walking her dog.
Dr Ami Hall
MRCGP, MB ChB
Joined the practice in 2014
Special interests - Gynaecology / Palliative Care
She likes to keep herself active and attends the gym regularly. She has two dogs who keep her on her toes!
Dr Herath Herath (From 14.03.18)
MBBS 1998 (University of Sri Lanka)
Special Interests - Dermatology / Health Informatics
Dr Joseph Davis
MB ChB 2001 (University of Manchester)
Dr Joanne Hull-Davies
MB ChB 1989 (University of Leicester)
Special Interests - Women's Health
Please see Home page for names of F2 doctors currently attached to our Practice.
What are F2 Doctors?
F2 Doctors are on the 2nd year of the Foundation Programme. This is a two year training programme for Doctors who have graduated from Medical School and it gives doctors in training, experience in a range of different areas of medicine.
Doctors on the Foundation Programme are responsible for caring for patients under the supervision of more experienced doctors and other healthcare professionals.
After finishing the Foundation Programme, doctors choose an area of medicine to focus their training on. This may be a specialty or it may be general practice.
For the first year of the Foundation Programme (F1), doctors are provisionally registered with the GMC.
In the second year of the Foundation Programme (F2) doctors are fully registered with the GMC. They still work under supervision but start to take on more responsibility for patient care.
At Lowther Medical Centre we have F2 (Year 2) trainees on a regular basis who spend a 16 week rotation with us. Each F2 has a Clinical and Educational Supervisor (Dr F Ironside and Dr J Hull-Davies) and each clinic session is supervised by one of the Doctors in the Practice.
Your first point of contact with our practice. They are responsible for dealing with enquiries, organising appointments, preparing repeat prescriptions and ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the practice under the leadership of our reception manager. They have the difficult job of each day matching your needs to the available health professionals and appointments. The advice that they give adheres strictly to guidance given by the doctors.
Practice Nurses and Allied Staff
We have a highly trained and multi-skilled team of nurses. Our Nurse Practitioners, Joanne Eldon and Diana Morgan, work supporting the On Call doctor/triaging the many calls for medical advice between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm. We view the Nurse Practitioner role as virtually equivalent to that of the GPs.
The Practice Nursing team are essential members of our primary health care team. Mrs Anne-Marie Pink is our Lead Nurse and Nurse Prescriber who works alongside our Nurse Practitioners and GPs. Our Practice Nurses are Mrs Michelle Kewley and Mrs Lesley Hull. The Practice Nursing team are the experienced professionals who can help you in many different aspects without the need to see a doctor. They will also assist the doctors in performing procedures like minor operations, coil insertions, examinations, etc.
The Practice Nurses (Lesley Hull and Michelle Kewley) are available by appointment between 9.00 am and 5.30 pm Monday to Friday in the treatment rooms. They will refer you to the doctor if your condition requires it.
We have a Health Care Assistant (HCA) Mrs Leanne Kinsella. Leanne will do injections, dressings, blood tests, ECG's and blood pressure readings.
We also have two Phlebotomists, Ms Joanne Adair and Mrs Debbie Spencer, for taking bloods/BPs.
We also have an Elderly Care Co-ordinator - Mrs Arlene Murphy who also cover Phlebotomy when Joanne and Debbie are away.
The Practice Manager is Mrs Vivien King. She will be able to help you with any administrative or non-medical enquiries and is also available to discuss any suggestions or complaints you may have. You can phone her on our main number 01946 692241.
We have an experienced administration team that will be able to answer many of your queries promptly.
Staff Attached to the Practice
Other staff who are not employed directly by us but who work as part of a team to provide your medical service are:
The health visitors that are attached to the practice are concerned with the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health through the provision of education, advice and support, and by referring to the General Practitioner or to other NHS or statutory or voluntary services where special help is needed. They are also concerned with the health and wellbeing of all children. They can be contacted through the surgery.
Our district nurses provide day to day nursing care, advice and support in the home. If help or advice is required they can be contacted through Lowther Medical Centre.
The Macmillan Team has extensive knowledge and experience on the care of patients with cancer and other serious illnesses. They can provide support for patients and their families.
Provided at the practice by the Community Mental Health Team on referral by your doctor