Healthcare Team


Dr Chris Marr
Dr Stephen Hinchliffe
Dr Alistair Blair
Dr Jacinta Manship
Dr Suzanne Renner
Dr Zoe Crichton
Dr Caroline Phipps
Dr Anna Lewis
Dr Almira Hudson
Dr Nicola Darrington
Dr Kate Harrison
Dr George Calder
Dr Emma Baines

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Working alongside our doctors, we now have a team of 4 highly qualified Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP's).  They have all studied nursing for 3 years and post qualification (working for a minimum of 3 years), have gone on to undertake additional training to qualify as an ANP.  We have two specialist Paediatric ANP's who specifically see patients from birth to 18 years of age.

ANP's are all trained in the assessment and diagnosis of common medical conditions, can prescribe medications and arrange sick/fit notes once the patient has been assessed.  (Patients with complex medical histories should continue to see a doctor.)  The ANP appointments are booked using the same method as that of a doctor.

Nursing Staff

All our nurses are registered with a nursing union. They have a wide range of responsibilities and duties with differing areas of special expertise and interest, providing quality of care in chronic disease management and health promotion.

They also carry out Treatment Room Duties. In addition, the Community Nurses provide care to patients in their own home, eg, following hospital discharge.

The members of our Nursing Team are:

Practice Nurse

Sister Frances Lonsdale

I have worked at Wellway Medical as a Practice Nurse since 2014 and am currently the interim Nurser Manager.  I am the Immunisation Lead for the practice.  I have a professional interest in Diabetes, Women's Health and Respiratory problems.

Practice Nurse

Sister Michelle Wallace RGN

I have been working as a Practice Nurse since 1998. My main interests are in respiratory medicine, particularly in COPD and asthma. I also have a professional interest in diabetes, childhood immunisations and cervical cytology.

Practice Nurse

Ellyse Wakenshaw RCG

I have worked as a Practice Nurse at Wellway since 2015.  My main professional interests are Women's Health; including contraception, cervical cytology and sexual health.

Practice Nurse

Staff Nurse Helen Laude RN (Adult) DN (Specialist Practitioner)

I am new to Practice Nursing having previously worked in Community Nursing.  I look forward to bringing existing skills to my role and learning new ones.

Healthcare Assistants

Gillian Herron, Gillian Davis, Lorraine McCabe & Kim Julian

Our duties in the surgery are mainly phlebotomy – new patient checks, routine birthday checks for patients with specific conditions e.g. high blood pressure, anaemia etc. We check blood pressure, urine, height, weight and give advice on healthy living. We do routine six monthly and annual checks on diabetic patients, foot pulses and perform well person checks. We also carry out B12 injections and flu vaccinations.

Management & Administration

Practice Manager

Mrs Freda Smallwood BA (Hons), MAAT, MIHM, is responsible for the overall management of the practice.

Practice HR Manager

Ms Sue Glennie, Chartered MCIPD, is responsible for all staffing issues in the Practice.

Office Manager

Mrs Michelle Hankinson is responsible for Reception staff at all four surgeries.

Resource & Development Manager

Mrs Gillian Slaughter is responsible for the Secretarial and Coding teams, practice intranet and website.

Practice Medicines Manager

Mrs Lesley-Ann Hunter works from our Pegswood branch and is responsible for developing and promoting the management of medicines for the whole practice in order to improve health outcomes for our patients.

Reception Staff

A trained team to assist in the daily running of the practice, by efficiently booking appointments, organising home visits, ensuring that repeat prescriptions are promptly dealt with and advising on the health care services.

Secretarial & Administration

Behind the scenes an efficient and effective team undertake duties (eg, referral of patients to hospitals, audit of quality care, regular monitoring of patients with certain types of medical conditions as well as the essential daily data input to the surgery computer system). 

Wellway Medical Group is a Training Practice

GP Registrars & Medical Students

Wellway Medical was one of the original five training practices which started the Northumbria Vocational Training Scheme in 1969 and we have been a 'training practice' ever since.

Fully qualified doctors gain special experience of general practice during their 6 month period with us and this includes conducting surgeries, doing home visits and attending special clinics. At all times these GP Registrars are supervised by one of the partners.

Please note: Your medical records may be used for training purposes. If you have any objection to this, you should inform the surgery at your earliest opportunity.

We also have medical students with us from time to time as part of their studies and they sit in with one of the doctors during surgery. Please tell the receptionist if you wish to see the doctor alone. You will be informed if a medical student is sitting in with a Doctor.

We are pleased to be involved in the training of future general practitioners. General Practice registrars are fully qualified doctors who have chosen general practice as the career they wish to pursue. They gain valuable experience by being based in the Practice for six-months at a time. At all times they provide the same standard of care provided by the other doctors of the practice.

By the nature of the assessment of general practitioners, they may often video record consultations, this is for educational purposes only and helps the doctors improve their skills. If you do not wish your consultation to be video taped, just say so. Your care will not be affected in any way.

Senior doctors, monitoring training standards within the Practice, may occasionally view patient records. If you have any objection to this, you should inform the surgery at your earliest opportunity.