THE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
Dr Richard Churchill BM BS MSc DM FRCGP
Qualified in medicine from Nottingham Medical School in 1989 having previously trained
and worked as a clinical biochemist. As well as working as a GP he has previously
worked for the University of Nottingham as Director of Clinical Skills for the medical
course, and contributed to research into mental health and the health care of young
people. He continues to be involved in projects both locally and nationally.
Dr Churchill works in the practice part-time and usually sees patients on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays. He also carries out minor operations in the practice.
Dr Susanne Bond MB ChB FRCGP
Qualified from Sheffield Medical School in 1990. She is closely involved with the
monitoring and supervision of doctors training to become GPs. She works almost full-time
and monitors the standards of care within the practice. Her clinical interests include
all areas of general practice, especially women's health and child health.
Dr Bond sees patients on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Dr Alison McKnespiey BM BS MRCGP DFFP DRCOG
Qualified from Nottingham Medical School in 1999. She joined the practice in 2005
working as a part-time partner at both surgeries. She is interested in contraception
and sexual health.
Dr McKnespiey sees patients on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dr Katie Rhodes BM BS BMedSci DGM DRCOG DFFP FRCGP
Qualified from Nottingham Medical School in 1986. She joined the practice in 2002
working as a part-time partner. She also works as a part-time Lecturer in the Medical
School and is involved with teaching medical students in the practice. Her clinical
interests include family planning and terminal care.
Dr Rhodes sees patients on a Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Dr Carolyn Lott MBChB DFFP
Qualified from Sheffield Medical School in 1987. She joined the practice in 1997
and became a partner in 2008 and works part time. Her clinical interests include
family planning and sexual health.
Dr Lott sees patients on a Monday and Thursday.
Dr Fiona McCracken BMedSci BM BS DRCOG MRCGP
Qualified from Nottingham Medical School in 1990. She joined the practice in 2013
working as a part-time partner at Chilwell Meadows Surgery. Her clinical interests
include all areas of general practice, especially diabetes.
Dr McCracken sees patients on a Tuesday and Friday.
Dr Sarah Thomas BM BS
Qualified from Nottingham Medical School in 2009. She was previously a Registrar
(trainee GP) at Chilwell Meadows Surgery.
Dr Thomas sees patients on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
OUR PRACTICE TEAM
Linda is the practice manager with responsibilities at both practices for the efficient
administration of the practices. She is happy to discuss queries, comments and suggestions
regarding the day-to-day running of the practice.
Information Technology Manager
Ed helps us manage our communication systems and information technology. Ed is very
experienced in medical IT and practice management.
Steph is our senior receptionist and she is helped by Karen, Christine, Sue, Julia,
Tina and Suzanne to carry out the very difficult task of trying to meet the needs
of both patients and doctors. They will deal with your queries, appointments and
repeat prescriptions as efficiently and as quickly as possible. Sometimes they need
to ask one or two questions to help judge the urgency of the request but they are
bound by the same principles of confidentiality as the nurses and medical staff.
We also have a rotating apprentice member of admin staff.
The secretaries, amongst other tasks, will type the hospital referral letters. If
you have an issue with any of these, please speak to them.
Sulvinder Samra, Mpharm
Sulvinder is our clinical pharmacist and is based within the practice. Her role is
to help you manage your long term conditions, reviewing your medicines and helping
you understand your medication when you have been discharged from hospital. She can
help with any questions you may have about your medicines either face to face or
over the phone. You can book an appointment with her by calling reception.
Rhian Schofield RGN is our senior practice nurse who is also qualified to prescribe
some medication. She works closely with Jill Cheetham and Vickie Verhoeven our other
practice nurses, and together they offer a wide range of services including health
advice, travel health, asthma and diabetic care, blood pressure and coronary heart
disease monitoring, family planning and cervical smears, baby immunisations as well
as other nursing tasks such as dressings. Appointments can be made at reception to
see them. We need to know the reason for the appointment so we can allocate you the
right amount of time you need with them.
Debbie Leivers is our Healthcare Assistant. She is trained to take blood pressures,
give flu vaccinations and take blood for blood tests.
Our phlebotomist is with us every Monday and Tuesday. She is especially trained to
do blood tests. Appointments to see her can be made at reception.
Our team of experienced community nurses is based at Stapleford Care Centre. They
offer a wide variety of services to the housebound and those recently discharged
from hospital. This includes care of the young disabled, wound care, injections and
terminal nursing care. They can be contacted by telephoning 03000830100 Monday to
Friday 8.30am-5.00pm or leaving a message at our reception. Team leader is Denise
McCoid. At bank holidays, weekends, evenings and nights, call 0115 846 2377.
Our Health Visitor covers most of our practice population. Her primary role is to
support families with children under five years old and to promote child health within
the wider population. She works within the local health visiting team . She can be
contacted for advice or for a home visit by leaving a message at Dovecote House where
they are based on 0115 8835500
Our Midwife, Julie Vizzard, is involved in the care of all mothers before and after
the birth of their child. She is available for any queries or concerns at Dovecote
House on 0115 8835500 or 0115 9254281. Appointments to see a midwife are made at
TEACHING AND TRAINING
To help with the education of future doctors we are linked to Nottingham University
Medical School. Therefore we may have medical or nursing students in the surgery
from time to time. You will be informed when you book an appointment or at arrival
if this is the case. If you do not wish to have the student present during your consultation
please let reception or the doctor know. This will not influence the care that you
We also have fully qualified doctors working with us for periods of usually four
to twelve months so that they gain experience in general practice. These enthusiastic,
well trained and supervised doctors bring many benefits to the team and patients
alike. Occasionally a consultation may be recorded on video, but only with the patient's
permission. These recordings are strictly confidential, seen only by doctors involved
in training, and then erased.