The Team


Doctors

Dr Alan Cunningham

Dr Alan Cunningham has been a partner for over 25 years. Dr Cunningham runs surgeries on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday 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 weekday except Wednesday. 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 and Wednesday mornings and all day 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 became a partner in November 2017. Dr Finan runs surgeries on Mondays and Thursdays. She qualified in Cambridge in 2006, her qualifications are MB, BChir & DRCOG. She has a particular interest in palliative care and is trained to fit contraceptive implants and coils.

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. Dr Walker is currently on maternity leave until July 2018

Dr Charlotte Macdonald

Dr Charlotte Macdonald joined the practice in January 2018 and became a partner in October 2018.  She works every weekday apart from Friday. Dr Macdonald qualified from Leeds University in 2002, her qualifications are MBChB, DFSRH and MRCGP. She has been working as a GP since 2006 and in Harrogate from 2013. Dr Macdonald has a keen interest in reproductive and sexual healthcare and is trained to fit and remove contraceptive coils and implants.

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 Nurse

Our practice nurse is Sarah Rushforth. 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.

Sarah also carries out baby and teenage immunisations, and annual reviews for asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and thyroid problems.

Our Healthcare assistant is Julie Cook. Julie is 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 Sarah to manage more complicated issues.

Support Staff

Sarah Wilkinson – Practice Manager
Sarah Wilkinson – Practice Manager

Anne Harries – Reception Manager
Anne Harries – Reception Manager

Sarah Woffinden – Pharmacist
Sarah Woffinden – Pharmacist

Julie Wood – Data Quality Administrator
Julie Wood – Data Quality Administrator

Demmi-Sue MacDermid – Medical Receptionist/Administrator
Demmi-Sue MacDermid – Medical Receptionist/Administrator

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

Liz Thornton – Medical Receptionist
Liz Thornton – Medical Receptionist

Tracey Wheelhouse – Medical Receptionist
Tracey Wheelhouse – Medical Receptionist

Emma Balgue – Patient Services Team Leader
Emma Balgue – Patient Services Team Leader

Clare Harrison – Administrator/Medical Secretary
Clare Harrison – Administrator/Medical Secretary

Charlotte Jameson – Administrator
Charlotte Jameson – Administrator

Sandrine Trotereau – Apprentice Administrator
Sandrine Trotereau – Apprentice Administrator

Other Attached Staff

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