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The Marches Surgery, Westfield Walk , Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 8HDTel: 01568 614141
Crispin Fisher trained at Cambridge University & St Thomas' Hospital, London. After hospital posts in London, Hereford & Middlesbrough he completed his GP training locally. He worked for two years as a GP in the Falkland Islands, before starting here at The Marches Surgery in 1998. He has a special interest in drug dependency problems, and worked one session per week at DASH (the local drug clinic) in Hereford for about ten years.
Crispin was actively involved in commissioning of local NHS services when he served with the CCG as a Board Member and Primary Care Lead for two years.
BA (Cantab), MBBS (London), DRCOG, MRCP, FRCGP
Judith Johnson qualified from Oxford University in 1995. She trained as a GP on the Oxford VTS & worked there until 2002 when she moved with her family to Hereford. She has always been involved in sport & has developed an interest in Sports Medicine. In 2009 she started studying for the Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine which she gained in 2012. She is also interested in Women's Health & fits coils and contraceptive implants at the practice.
Oustide of General Practice Judith regularly competes on her horses and works for British Eventing in a medical capacity.
MA (Oxon), Bm.BCh, MRCGP, DFSRH, CME, DipSEM (Bath)
Peter Mckay qualified in medicine from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1988 and has lived and worked in Herefordshire since 2005. Prior to this Peter worked as a GP in East Anglia and New Zealand. He is married with four teenage children and spends his spare time reading and gardening.
Rachel Boughen trained at Bristol Medical School and qualified in 2009. She has worked in both the County Hospital in Hereford and most recently completed her GP training in one of the city practices. She has an interest in women’s health and completed her family planning diploma during the course of her GP training.
Outside of medicine, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, walking in the Malverns and making music.
Sophie Whittall originally studied geography at Leeds University before starting a career in marketing. A few years later she retained to study medicine as a post graduate at Swansea University fulfilling a lifelong ambition. After graduating she trained in London and Swindon before transferring to Hereford for her final year as a GP registrar where she worked at The Marches Surgery. She decided to stay on at The Marches after qualifying and is currently on maternity leave due to return in August 2018.
In her spare time Sophie enjoys spending time with her young family as well as competing in triathlons and keeping fit.
Dr Catherine Boyce MBChB, DTMH, PG Cert Med Ed, MRCGP
Cathy studied medicine at Bristol University. As a junior doctor she completed the diploma in tropical medicine in Liverpool before working in a rural community in Nanyuki, Kenya. During her time in Kenya she ran the Lewa marathon, an endurance race in a wildlife conservancy at 5,500 feet, within 100 miles of the equator.
She has worked as a doctor all over the south west, mostly in Bristol, before more recently moving to be nearer family in Herefordshire.
A keen triathlete she can usually be found swimming or running up a hill. She is happiest when camping by the sea with her husband and two young children.
Izzy studied medicine at Cardiff University and qualified in 2011. She developed an interest in research undertaking a research masters at Imperial College and completing an Academic Clinical Fellowship during her GP training. After graduating she trained in Bath, Swindon and Bristol before moving to London to work for several years. She has now returned to Herefordshire where she grew up and is enjoying setting up a smallholding with her partner.
All GP practices are required to declare the mean net earnings (eg. Average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. This is required in the interests of the greater public accountability recognising GP pay is ultimately funded from tax paid by the public.
The average pay for GPs working in The Marches Surgery in the last financial year was £61729 before tax and national insurance. This is for 3 full time GPs, 3 part time GPs and 2 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.
Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.
Caroline offers minor illness clinics twice daily in the surgery and provides regular weekly or fortnightly visits to the five care homes in Leominster.
Natalie Kempshall qualified in 2004 as a nurse, and has been Advanced Nurse Practitioner for many years. She has had a variety of roles both clinical and non-clinical. She has skills in advanced practice at Masters Level including Non-medical prescribing. In addition, she has a Master’s in Business Administration: Executive Leadership and Management. She has worked in senior management, service improvement, project management and commissioning within primary care services. She is the Quality Improvement Lead for the surgery. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her partner and son, reading and running.
Mel worked as a paramedic for 12 years before joining us. She, too, provides minor illness clinics twice daily, and assists us with urgent home visits.
Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.
Eleanor Brookes-Owen - Practice Manager
The practice manager is involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology. The practice manager supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and also helps to develop extended services to enhance patient care.
Scott Newman Assistant Practice Manager
Dawn Apperley Medical Secretary
Jade Morris Lead Administrator & IT Clerk
Kate Boucher Patient Care Coodinator & Communications Lead
Mandie Heyden Admin & Insurance Clerk
Wendy Jenkins Admin Data Clerk
Kelly Himsworth Admin Data Clerk & Secretary
Sharon Burgoyne Admin Data Clerk
Hannah Burgoyne Admin Clerk
Frances Mather Secretary
Sarah Standring - Lead Receptionist
Our administration and reception team provide the communication link between the patient, practice healthcare team, hospital, insurance companies, health authorities and other agencies. They will try in every way to help you and advise you on how to get the best from the many services we offer.
If you have any enquiries, our receptionists will be happy to help you, but please remember that they have a difficult job to do with telephone calls and queries. When you telephone for medical attention, the receptionist may need to ask you one or two questions in order to judge the urgency of your request. They have been asked to do this, but the information you give them will be treated in confidence, as they are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as our doctors and nurses.
Iain Braggins Mental Health Nurse
Nadine Hodgson Musculoskeletal Practitioner
Saul Phillips Clinical Pharmacist
Casey Ord Social Prescriber
Modie Rounds - Dispensary Assistant