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 Whinfield Medical Practice
national health service

Whinfield Medical Practice

Whinbush Way
County Durham
Tel: 01325 481321
Fax: 01325 346683








Information for Patients






Whinfield Medical Practice




Whinbush Way,
Telephone Enquiries and Appointments 481321
Emergency Line 462168 Fax 346683

Dr Richard Harker MBChB (1980 Liverpool) MRCGP, DRCOG, DA Dip Therapeutics Special Interests Training, Drug Therapeutics

Dr Ellen Bruggink MBBS (1988 Amsterdam) MRCGP,DRCOG Special Interests Family Planning, Women’s Health
Dr  Helen McLeish MBBS (1995 London) MRCGP Dip Therapeutics Special Interests
Palliative Care, Women’s Health

Dr LouiseRussell MBCHB(2002 Birmingham) MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, DFFP, Dip Palliative Care 

Salaried Doctors:


Dr Elizabeth Carlton  


 Dr Reshma Hegde


Dr Aidan Lavender



Our aim is to provide a comprehensive and personal service of high quality in a caring environment.





Nursing Team

Anna Pearson RGN – Lead Practice Nurse  

Ann Ridler  RGN RM MSc -  Nurse Practitioner
Lin Greenfield RN - Practice Nurse

Melanie Thompson RGN – Practice Nurse  

Mandy Porrit RNA BSc - Practice Nurse

Christine Clarke RGN BSc - Practice Nurse
Loz Greenwood RN - Practice Nurse 

Healthcare Assistant

Susan Bailey, Karen Kelly, Anne-Marie Hunter








Practice Manager: Mrs Louise Johnson





Mrs Johnson is responsible for the day-to-day running of the practice. She welcomes any comments or suggestions and may be contacted if you have a problem or a complaint you would like to discuss.  We have a full complement of administrative staff to support the doctors and nurses to help provide you with a first class service.  








Practice Administration Team
Reception Team Leader : Lynsey
Receptionists: Clare, Lisa, Judith, Julia,  Margaret, Jennifer , Joanne 

System Administrator: Christine

Senior Sectetary: Jane  

Medical Secretery: Pam

Admin Assistant : Diane

Finance, Data & Admin Assistant: Sylwia 











Our Appointment System

We offer same day and advance appointments with our doctors. Appointments can be booked in person, by telephone or online at www.whinfieldsurgery.nhs.uk. A user name and password is required for the online service. This can be issued in person by our Reception team.



If your problem is urgent, please inform the Receptionist so that appointments can be appropriately prioritised.  If you need to cancel your appointment please ring 749705 so that we can offer your appointment to someone else.











Appointments Line: 481321
Cancellations Line: 749705.




Opening Times

Monday – Friday          08:00 – 18:00*
Saturday and Sunday                Closed



* The surgery offers extended hours for patients on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. 



Please ask at Reception for details



NB The surgery closes each Wednesday between 12:30 – 2:00 pm for staff training.  Other closing times will be advertised as they arise.



Out of Hours Arrangements

Out of hours services are provided during the following periods when the surgery is closed:
Monday –  Friday  6:00 pm – 8:00 am
Weekends Friday  6:00 pm –  Monday   8:00 am
Bank Holidays 6:00 pm the night before until 8:00 am the day after




Your first contact will be with a highly qualified nurse who will ask you some questions which will ensure that you receive prompt advice from an appropriate health care professional.  This could be done over the phone or by face to face consultation.  This care may take place at your local urgent care centre and you will be advised where and when to attend.





Please ring 111 for Advice








Home Visits

If you are too ill to attend the surgery and need a home visit, please telephone 481321 before 11am whenever possible. The Receptionist will ask a few questions about your illness so that she can pass the information on to the duty doctor, so that he/she can give urgent problems priority.  Please try if possible to come to the surgery as at least four people can be seen in the time it takes to do one home visit.



Repeat Prescriptions

These may be ordered in the following ways:
Use our website





By telephone – ring 749562 between 9:00-- and 11:00 am only 




By post or in person



If you supply a SAE we can post the prescription back to you otherwise it must be collected
Remember to allow 2 FULL WORKING DAYS







Patients can now do the following online::

·         Book, view, amend or cancel appointments

·         Order repeat prescriptions

·         Access summary information (allergies, adverse reactions and medications)

·         Access detailed coded records e.g. test results

Please apply at Reception or via the website for online access.





The Practice will not tolerate aggressive or abusive behaviour from patients.  Such patients will be removed from the list and the police may be notified.












We occasionally have third and fifth year medical students in the surgery. The Receptionist will always let you know if they are sitting in with your doctor or nurse.  











Clinics and Services Available.



        Family Planning


        Asthma , Diabetic Management  & CHD appointments

        Minor Surgery


        Smoking Cessation appointments

        Travel Clinics

        Minor Ailment Clinic


Most of these clinics are run by the doctors and nurses from the surgery but services are also provided in partnership with the practice by other NHS organisations and Darlington Borough Council.








Registering with the Practice





To register with the Practice, bring your medical card to the surgery, complete a registration form which may be obtained at the reception desk or download the form online. Please remember to bring some form of photo identification with you and proof of residence. 




Every patient is now allocated a named GP. This may be different from the GP you usually see. This does not change the way you book appointments. It means that one GP will have overall responsibility for your care at the surgery.

For continuity of care we encourage patients to try and book appointments with their usual GP. On some occasions this may not be possible so please be assured that all the other doctors that are available on that day will be able to help you with your problem.


If you feel that you have not been allocated the appropriate named GP, please speak to the Reception Team.





We have automatic doors for ease of access, but if you need assistance, please ask for help. 









Useful Telephone Numbers.



Surgery enquiry line                 481321
Out of hours                                111
Emergency line                         462168
Repeat Prescriptions                749562
24 Hr automated service          346687
Appointment cancellations     749705
Health Visitors            -             contact the surgery
Chiropody                                   01388 825700
District Nurses                          746222
Midwife                                      743255
Darlington Memorial Hosp     380100

Contraception Service           952277

NHS Darlington                        364271
Registrar (Births & Deaths)     406400
Samaritans                                 465465
Local Healthwatch Team        0808 801 0383           
Mental Health Matters            0191 5163500   


Website: www.whinfieldsurgery.nhs.uk
















The Urgent Care Centre is located in Darlington Memorial Hospital. It is located alongside the Emergency Department and is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day, including bank holidays.  We encourage people to call NHS 111 to make an appointment before they go to the hospital. Minor ailments, cuts and wounds, skin complaints, muscle & joint injuries, young people’s health problems and emergency contraception and condoms can be dealt with at the Centre. 


After 6pm please Ring 111 
















You may see any of the above doctors by making an appointment.  For the sake of continuity of care we ask that you try to see your ‘usual doctor’ where possible. 

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