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Our Team...

Here you will find photos and brief details of the team working at the practice. This is not an exhaustive list, but all our staff will give you their names and roles on request. For those of us who directly provide medical care, we have tried to include specific areas covered by each team member.

Doctors

Nurses

Management Team

Reception/Admin Team

Attached Staff

Meet the Doctors

Please note that the doctors' consultation times are very variable, as they often have meetings, other commitments and holidays, so we have not published them individually here. In general, morning surgeries run from 8.30am to 11am, and afternoons from 3-5.30pm. Also note that some of the doctors' sessions are undertaken at Norden surgery rather than our main site, but you will be informed of this when booking to see them.

Doctors areas of special interest are also shown where relevant.

As well as providing patient care, the doctors are also the owners of the surgery premises, employers of most of the staff, and directors of the surgery as a business. Find out more about our role in the NHS here.

Dr Ann THRELFALL
MB ChB 1981 Manchester

Dr Threlfall is responsible for staffing and duty rotas at the practice. She runs the diabetic clinics and the baby clinics jointly with Dr Alam.

She enjoys gardening, photography and skiing. Almost all of the photos on this website have been taken by Dr Threlfall.
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Dr Simon RHODES
BSc (Hons) 1982 St Andrews
MB ChB DRCOG 1985 Manchester

Dr Rhodes leads on running the business aspects of the practice, and monitors our quality framework.
He can carry out joint injections and cryotherapy for warts and verrucae.
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Dr Saj AZFAR
MB ChB 1988 Leicester
DFFP
MRCGP 1994

Dr Azfar is responsible for IT at the surgery and formerly for our local CCG. He has designed and written this website, and is a director of our local service provider company GPCare Services Ltd, which supplies additional capacity and services for local practices and the Rochdale Urgent Care Centre. He also carries out joint injections. Dr Azfar is a voluntary medical adviser to the East Lancashire Steam Railway, and Honorary Medical Adviser to the Heritage Railway Association nationally.

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Dr Bodrul ALAM
MB BS Manchester 2001
MRCGP (Edin)

Dr Alam also runs the diabetic and baby clinics jointly with Dr Threlfall. He co-ordinates training for staff and doctors at the practice.
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Dr Joanne CHEW

MBChB 2001
DRCOG 2008
DFSRH 2009
MRCGP 2010

Dr Chew joined us full-time in September 2012, as an experienced GP from a practice in Littleborough. Her areas of interest are:

Chronic Pain
Palliative Care
Sexual Health and Gynaecology, Dr Chew runs our Coil and Implant Clinic
Minor Surgery
Joint injections
Teaching Medical Students

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Meet Your Nursing Team

Our fully trained practice nurses provide support services including cervical smears, immunisation, advice on nursing and dietary problems and advice on stopping smoking. The nurses also assist the doctors in minor surgery sessions and play a large part in the clinics specified below:



Nicola STAFFORD

Nurse Practitioner

Nicola is a fully qualified and experienced nurse practitioner and prescriber, having worked in this role at the Rochdale Infirmary A&E previously.

In addition to holding walk-in surgery sessions and telephone consultations to ease pressure on our appointment system, Nicola assists with teaching of medical students and non-medical prescribers.

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Nicola Stafford

Donald LUMB

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Donald is also a trained and experienced prescriber, and is working independently.

In addition to holding surgery sessions and carrying out nursing home visits, Donald will be helping our practice nurses with some aspects of management of chronic illness cases and helping to ease pressure on our appointment system.

 
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Sister Denise TAYLOR

State Registered Nurse
State certified Midwife
Asthma Diploma
Family Planning Certificate
Diabetes Diploma
Coronary Heart Disease Diploma
Supplementary / Extended Nurse Prescribing Course

Baby vaccines Tue am
Diabetic clinic Thur am

Denise now also performs some minor illness sessions under supervision by the doctors, and is an experienced nurse prescriber.


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Imran ANJUM
Clinical Independent Prescribing Pharmacist

Imran has been brought in to improve access at the busiest times of the week on Mondays and Fridays. He also performs some minor illness sessions under supervision by the doctors, and is available to answer medication queries.

Patients with the following conditions can be dealt with in the minor illness sessions:
Cough/sore throat/nose/sinus/ear symptoms
Skin infection/rash
Urinary symptoms/thrush/period pains
Constipation/diarrhoea
Foot/toe infections
Headaches
Back Pain
Hay fever/allergies

Sister Erika CARTER

State Registered Nurse

District Nursing Certificate
Asthma Diploma
COPD Diploma
Family Planning Certificate

Baby vaccines Tue am
Asthma clinic Wed pm
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Sister Jill COLLOFF

State Registered Nurse
Asthma Diploma
Coronary Heart Disease Diploma
Cytology Screening/Well Woman
Hypertension Monitoring

Baby vaccines Tue am

Asthma clinic Thurs am
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Sister Joanne CLARKSON

Registered General Nurse


Baby Vaccines
Hypertension Monitoring
Chronic Disease Monitoring
Cytology Screening/Well Woman
Phlebotomy
Ear Syringing

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Practice Management

Practice Manager

Judith Robinson-Hale is employed by the doctors to co-ordinate the management of the building, staff and systems. Her role also includes liaising with the CCG on planning of services and ensuring that resources are in place to provide those services including meeting the requirements of a changing NHS. Her role is very wide ranging so certain aspects are delegated to her deputy Gillian Anchor and other staff as listed below, but Judith is ultimately responsible for them. Judith is almost always present at any meetings with patients to discuss comments complaints or suggestions.
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Office Manager

Paula Chadwick is responsible for the day-to-day organisation of the reception office, ensuring that there are doctors and staff available to provide the service that our patients require. Paula also ensures that that the service offered to patients by reception staff continues to be of a high standard. Jane Fleming deputises for Paula in her absence.


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Gillian Anchor, deputy practice manager (above left), Paula Chadwick (above right)
 

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Reception and Administrative Staff

Clinical Co-ordinator

Helen Exley is responsible for the organisation of the various clinics offered
by the practice. Her role includes
interrogating the computer system for
patients who are due for recall for a
number of clinics or tests/procedures,
sending out invitation letters and
following up patients who do not respond.


Administration Assistant


Along with the clinic co-ordinator,
Karen Walker and Anita Hamer ensure that the necessary information is entered onto our computer system from incoming correspondence for use by the doctors and nursing staff in treatment of our patients. Anita also normally runs the results line, see the information zone for details.

Helen, Karen and Anita are assisted in their
roles by Jackie Royds.




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Above clockwise from top left
Helen Exley, clinic co-ordinator, Anita Hamer, Karen Walker and Jackie Royds, administrative assistants

Secretaries

If you have any queries regarding your referral by the doctor for hospital treatment, our secretaries, Susan Crabtree or Angela Whitworth may be able to help.
 

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Our secretaries Susan Crabtree (left) and Angela Whitworth


Reception Staff

We have a team of medical reception
staff (not all of them agreed to have their
photos taken!) who have been with the
practice for varying lengths of time. We
have a policy of providing training for our
staff in all aspects of their role whenever possible.

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Above left to right Trish Danko and Tracey Street.





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Above clockwise from top left Ann Cumpstay, Alison Turner, Jane Fleming and Colette Turner.

Health Care Assistants (HCAs)

Virginia Nuttall and Angela Stansfield have been trained to carry out a variety of clinical tests as well as simply taking blood. You may be asked to book an appointment with them if the doctor or nurse wants you have a test done.
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Above left Angela Stansfield, right  Virginia Nuttall
Attached Staff

We have working with us a large team of health visitors, district nurses, midwives dietitians, community matrons and others who are not directly employed by the practice but either use office space or hold clinic sessions at the surgery. We will occasionally give details of their comings and goings in our newsletters, and have published photos of some of them here.

For more details about the clinics they hold, see our surgery/clinic guide.

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Above: Our District Nursing team
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Above: Sue Ireson, Community Matron



Last updated June 2017
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