Primary Health Care Team

GP’s

Dr Henry Choi – Partner
MBCHB, DRCOG, MRCGP, FP cert.

Dr Choi has been a full time partner since 1990. His clinical interests are in Diabetes and Cancer.  He has been Sunderland Diabetes and Cancer lead for over 15 years. He has held senior clinical executive positions within Sunderland PCT and CCG for over many years. He is a MacMillan GP for Sunderland. Dr Choi also performs minor surgery and joint injections.

Dr Gavin Milligan – Partner
MBCHB, MRCGP, DRCOG

Dr Gavin Milligan is a GP Partner experienced in Accident & Emergency Medicine.  His specialist interests include minor surgery and joint injections.  Dr Milligan is the practice lead for Safeguarding.

Dr Rory Mackinnon – Partner
BSc (Hons), MBCHB, MRCGP

Dr Mackinnon is a newly qualified full time GP partner at the practice.  He enjoys all aspects of primary care and has a special interest in education.  Dr Mackinnon is our GP lead for medical student and junior doctor (F2) training, and is keen to utilise clinical training and education as a means to develop primary care to meet both the current and future needs of our patients.

Dr Raj Bethapudi – Partner
MBBS, MRCGP

Dr Bethapudi is a GP partner and appraiser, and has over a decade of experience in the NHS. He is also an Executive GP and member of the Governing body for Sunderland CCG.  Dr Bethapudi is involved in shaping the health policies of Sunderland working in partnership with the local Council and Public Health bodies. Dr Bethapudi is currently working on reforms in Cardiovascular and Cancer specialities to improve outcomes for patients and provide best value for tax payers’ money.  He is also an approved trainer for GP Registrars.

Dr Robert Shepherd – Salaried GP
MBBS,MRCP(UK), MBGS

Dr Helen Schofield – Salaried GP
MBBS, MRCGP

Junior Doctor(s)/Medical Students

Our practice trains junior doctors and medical students. Junior doctors are fully qualified and have already done training in hospitals. You can expect them to provide a full range of GP services. If they are not certain about what to do they will ask more senior colleagues for advice.  Medical Students are supervised closely by Dr Mackinnon and you will always see a Doctor when you come to see them.  Our current junior doctors are:

Dr Jo Smith – F2 training doctor (Junior Doctor)
MBBS

Dr Vrnida Hegde – GP Registrar training doctor (Junior Doctor)
MBBS

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Neil Farline – Partner
RGN, RMN, DPSN, BSc(Hons), Dip PED

Neil has recently become a partner in the practice and works full time. He has been a Nurse practitioner for the past 15 years both in hospital and in the community. He has experience in adult and child psychiatry, elderly medicine, orthopaedics and previously held the position of clinical lead for the minor injuries unit in Washington for five years. Neil has been an independent nurse prescriber since 2003.

Practice Nurses and HCA
Sister Olwen Ryan – SRN
Sister Lesley Weston – RGN, RM
Susan Walmsley – Health Care Assistant

Practice Manager
Amanda Fair – LLB (Hons), MCMI

Deputy Practice Manager
 Samantha Ward

Administrative Staff
Senior Secretary – June

Supervisors – Helen and Lisa
Receptionists – Susan, Geraldine, Natasha, Colleen, Joanne, Elizabeth, Patricia , Loraine, Susan, Jenny, Rachel.

Apprentices – Kate, Rachel

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