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The Partners

Dr Morag S McDowall
MB ChB MRCGP Family Planning Cert
Registered 1986 Leeds - interests include dermatology and she is the lead partner for training GP Registrars, Foundation Year 2 doctors and Medical Students
Dr Peter Johnson
Registered 2001 Cambridge - interests include joint injections, substance misuse and sports medicine
Dr Kate Dickinson
Registered 2007 Newcastle – interested in training GP Registrars and Foundation Year 2 doctors

Salaried GP

Dr Jennifer Henderson
Registered 2005 Leeds - interested in palliative care
Dr Kate Birchall
Registered 2008 Birmingham - interests include women’s health and dermatology
Dr Hannah Thomas
Registered 2007 Warwick

Our Practice Team

Business Manager

Nigel Peacock is responsible for the overall management of the practice, its services and its personnel. He is accountable for all non-clinical procedures and policies. He also maintains links with the wider NHS organisation to ensure that the practice remains abreast of current initiatives.

The Practice Nursing Team

Our Nurse Practitioner, Carol Harrison runs minor illness, chronic disease and sexual health clinics. Her qualifications are RGN (1988), Extended Independent Nurse Prescriber (2004), BSC Respiratory Care (2011), PG Diploma Advocacy Nursing Practice (2000) and Family Planning Certificate (2003)

Our practice nursing services are managed by Beverley Hall (RGN, Qualified 1994 at Bradford and Airedale College. Community Specialist Practitioner (BSc Hons), Qualified 2007 at Leeds Metropolitan University, Nurse Prescriber, Diploma in Diabetes, Completion of Diploma in Respiratory Disease October 2011, Cytology, Registered Smoking Cessation Advisor. The nursing clinics are provided by Bev and her nursing team, Helen Smith (RGN Qualified 1976 at St James University Hospital, Leeds, Registered Smoking Advisor) and Ruth Butler (RGN, Qualified 1989 at Pilgrim Hospital, Lincolnshire) Diploma in Diabetes and Respiratory Disease, Cytology.

The nurses work closely with the doctors and, in addition to administering routine treatments, run special clinics and are able to advise you on a variety of health problems.

Our two health care assistants, Heidi and Jacky, support the nurses and doctors within the practice by providing services such as phlebotomy, blood pressure reading, urine analysis, and ECG reading. This information is used by the doctors to diagnose and treat their patients.

The Practice Support Team

The practice administrative team (receptionists and secretaries) will deal with your enquiries and requests as efficiently as possible whilst respecting your confidentiality.


The dispensers provide a dispensing service for patients in rural areas and those temporarily resident within the area. They are also responsible for processing repeat prescriptions for all practice patients.

Health Visitors

The health visitors run their own clinics at Community House (Allhallowgate) and help with childcare, growth and development, feeding problems and preventive healthcare in all age groups. Patients can contact the health visitors on their own direct phone line: Ripon (01765) 645932. There is an answer machine facility available; if you have need for urgent or emergency care, please ring the normal surgery number.

District Nurses

The district nursing team is based at Ripon Community Hospital and gives nursing care to housebound patients who are unable to attend the surgery. Their skills range from simple dressings, injections and nursing assessment to care of the terminally ill and palliative care. The district nurses also have their own direct line, (01423) 554632 with answer machine facility; if you have need for urgent or emergency care, please ring the normal surgery number.

Community Midwife

The community midwife holds weekly antenatal clinics at North House. Antenatal appointments are also available with your own doctor.

Other Associated Staff

These professionals liaise with surgery personnel and have full use of North House facilities to provide additional services for our patients: Primary Care Mental Health Counsellors; Community Psychiatric Nurse; Macmillan Nurses.

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