The Team


Doctors

Dr Alan Cunningham

Dr Alan Cunningham has been a partner for 25 years. Dr Cunningham runs surgeries every day except for Wednesday afternoon. He is able to administer steroid/cortisone injections. Dr Cunningham qualified in Dundee in 1983, his qualifications are MBChb, DRCOG, Dip Therapeutics.

Dr Tom Polito

Dr Tom Polito has been with the practice since 2006, and has now been a partner for 7 years. Dr Polito runs surgeries every week day except for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. He is also able to administer steroid/cortisone injections. Dr Polito qualified in Sheffield in 1995, his qualifications are MBChb.

Dr Rachel Aston

Dr Rachel Aston joined the practice in January 2009, and runs surgeries on Tuesday mornings and all day Wednesday and Friday. She has an interest in family planning and is trained to fit/remove contraceptive implants. Dr Aston qualified in Nottingham in 2004, her qualifications are BM BS DRCOG DFSRH.

Dr Victoria Finan

Dr Victoria Finan joined the practice in April 2014 and runs surgeries on Mondays and Thursdays. She qualified in Cambridge in 2006, her qualifications are MB, BChir & DRCOG. Dr Finan has a particular interest in palliative care.

Dr Catherine Walker

Dr Walker joined the practice in May 2016 and runs surgeries all day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She qualified in Liverpool in 2010, and has a particular interest in palliative medicine.

Health Visitor

We work with a Health Visitor team who cover the Harrogate district. For routine baby weighing you are asked to go to the drop in baby clinics (please note that you need to arrive 15 minutes before the finish time) :-

  • Monday – Bilton Children’s Centre (Woodfield school) 9.30am – 10.45am or Knaresborough Children’s Centre (Manor Rd school) 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Tuesday – Harrogate Library, Victoria Avenue 1.30pm – 2.45pm session run on the first Tuesday of every month, Starbeck Library 10.00am – 11.30am
  • Wednesday – Harrogate North Children’s Centre, Saltergate school 9.15am – 10.45am
  • Thursday – Harrogate Town Children’s Centre (Wedderburn) – 1.00pm – 2.30pm
  • Friday – Stockwell Road Surgery, Knaresborough 10.30am – 11.30am

Practice Nurses

Our practice nurses are Vicky Waywell, Taryn Ward and Joanna Lynn. You can make an appointment to be seen in the treatment room for a range of services including ear syringing, minor injuries, stitches, dressings, blood pressure checks, cervical smear tests, swabs etc.

The nurses also carry out baby and teenage immunisations, and annual reviews for asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and thyroid problems. Vicky and Taryn are our diabetic nurses and Joanna and Taryn are our asthma nurses.

We also have a team of Healthcare assistants, Susie Cook and Julie Edmonds (Julie is with us while Victoria is on maternity leave). Susie and Julie are trained in a range of treatments/services such as blood pressure checks, hypertension reviews, NHS Healthchecks, New Patient checks, B12 vaccinations, flu vaccinations, removal of stitches, dressings, ear syringing and others, which allows the nurses to manage more complicated issues.

Support Staff

Sarah Wilkinson - Practice Manager
Sarah Wilkinson - Practice Manager

Anne Harries - Reception Manager
Anne Harries - Reception Manager

Olivia Harries - Medical Receptionist
Olivia Harries - Medical Receptionist (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Victoria Hodgson - Health Care Assistant
Victoria Hodgson - Health Care Assistant (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Julie Wood - Data Quality Administrator
Julie Wood - Data Quality Administrator

Demmi-Sue MacDermid - Apprentice Administrator and Receptionist
Demmi-Sue MacDermid - Administrator and Receptionist

Victoria Bristow - Medical Secretary
Victoria Bristow - Medical Secretary

Mandy Wilson - Medical Secretary
Mandy Wilson - Medical Secretary

Alexia Roch-Vidal - Medical Receptionist
Alexia Roch-Vidal - Medical Receptionist

Karen Andrews - Medical Receptionist
Karen Andrews - Medical Receptionist

Alison Simm - Clinical Data Administrator
Alison Simm - Clinical Data Administrator

Other Attached Staff

We work alongside a district nursing team, a counsellor and link worker.