THE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
Dr Tony Avery DM, FRCGP, BMedSci, DCH, DGM
Qualified from Sheffield University in 1986. He is Dean of the School of Medicine
at Nottingham University and this involves him in teaching, research and administration
duties. His clinical interests include prevention and treatment of cardiovascular
problems, men’s health and travel medicine.
Dr Avery sees patients on a Monday.
Dr Amanda Gunther BM BS BMedSci, DRCOG, DFFP, MRCGP
Qualified from Nottingham in 1993. She joined the practice as a partner in 2002 having
previously worked as a doctor both in this country and overseas. She tutors medical
students within the practice and has a special interest in joint injections and also
does contraceptive implants.
Dr Gunther sees patients on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Dr Jim Threlfall BM BS BMedSci, MRCS, DRCOG, MRCGP
Qualified from Nottingham in 1997. He joined the practice in 2005 as a partner. His
clinical interests include musculo-skeletal medicine and minor surgery.
Dr Threlfall sees patients on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Dr Kate Hodson McChB, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG
Qualified from Sheffield in 2006. Joined the practice in 2013 as a partner, having
previously worked at both the Valley and Chilwell Meadows as a trainee and locum.
Her clinical interests include Child health, ENT and Palliative care.
Dr Hodson sees patients on a Tuesday and Friday.
Dr Tim Heywood MBBS MRCGP
Qualified from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School,
University of London in 1995 and immediately started postgraduate training for General
Practice. He finished his GP training in Aylesbury in 1998 and became a full-time
GP in Worcestershire. He joined the Valley Surgery in 2016 having worked at our sister
site, Chilwell Meadows Surgery for 5 years.
Dr Heywood sees patients on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dr Natalie Chersich MB Bch, MA Medical Humanities
Qualified from University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1996. She joined
the practice in 2016 as a partner and her clinical interests include gynaecology
Dr Chersich sees patients on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Dr Nicola Egan BM BS BMedSci DCH MRCGP
Qualified from Nottingham in 2011. Joined the practice as a partner August 2016 having
completed GP training in Reading and Newbury. Her clinical interests include all
areas of general practice.
Dr Egan sees patients on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Linda is responsible for the efficient administration of the practice and is happy
to discuss queries, comments and suggestions regarding the day-to-day running of
the practice. She has a full complement of receptionists who are specially trained
and do a very difficult job in trying to meet the needs of both patients and doctors.
They will deal with your queries, appointments and repeat prescriptions as efficiently
and as quickly as possible. Sometimes they need to ask one or two questions to help
judge the urgency of the request but they are bound by the same codes of conduct,
with respect to confidentiality, as the medical and nursing staff.
Information Technology Manager
Ed helps us manage our communication systems and information technology. Ed is very
experienced in medical IT and practice management.
Lynne is our senior receptionist and she is helped by Andrea, Diane, Jane, Lesley,
Wendy, Jasmin, Caroline, Helen and Sarah to carry out the very difficult task of
trying to meet the needs of both patients and doctors. They will deal with your queries,
appointments and repeat prescriptions as efficiently and as quickly as possible.
Sometimes they need to ask one or two questions to help judge the urgency of the
request but they are bound by the same principles of confidentiality as the nurses
and medical staff.
The secretaries, amongst other tasks, will type the hospital referral letters. If
you have an issue with any of these, please speak to them.
Sulvinder Samra, Mpharm
Sulvinder is our clinical pharmacist and is based within the practice. Her role is
to help you manage your long term conditions, reviewing your medicines and helping
you understand your medication when you have been discharged from hospital. She can
help with any questions you may have about your medicines either face to face or
over the phone. You can book an appointment with her by calling reception.
Julie, Helen, Jill and Sharon are our highly qualified practice nurses and offer
a wide range of services including health advice, respiratory and diabetic checks,
blood pressure and coronary heart disease monitoring, family planning and cervical
smears, childhood immunisations as well as other nursing tasks such as dressings.
Appointments to see them can be made at reception. We need to know the reason for
the appointment so we can give them the appropriate length of time they need.
Michelle Stone is our Healthcare Assistant . She is trained to take blood pressures,
give flu vaccinations and take blood for blood tests
Appointments can be made at reception for blood tests with our phlebotomists.
We have a team of experienced district nurses who are based at Stapleford Care Centre.
They offer a wide variety of services to the housebound and those recently discharged
from hospital. This includes care of the young disabled, wound care, injections and
terminal nursing care. They can be contacted by phoning Monday - Friday 8.30am -
5.00pm on 0300 0830100 or by leaving a message at our reception. Team leader is Lana
Naylor. At bank holidays, weekends, evenings and nights ring 8462377.
Our health visitor’s primary role is with families with young children and those
with special needs. She advises on specific health needs and closely monitors the
development of young children. She can be contacted by phoning her directly on 8835500.
Our Midwife, Suzanne Skelton, is involved in the care of all mothers before and after
the birth of their child. She is available for any queries or concerns at Dovecote
House on 8835500 or 0115 9254281. Appointments to see her are made at reception.
Teaching And Training
To help with the education of future doctors we are linked to Nottingham University
Medical School. We therefore may have medical students in the surgery from time to
time. You will be informed when you book an appointment, or on arrival if this is
the case. If you do not wish to have the student present during your consultation
please let reception or the doctor know. We also have fully qualified doctors working
with us for periods of between 4 and 12 months so that they gain experience in general
practice. These enthusiastic, well trained and supervised doctors bring many benefits
to the team and patients alike. Occasionally a consultation may be recorded on video,
but only with the patient’s permission. These recordings are strictly confidential,
seen only by doctors involved in training, and are erased afterwards.