Meet the Team

Our Doctors


Dr Richard A G Harker

MBCh B (1980 Liverpool) MRCGP DRCOG DA Dip Therapeutics Dip Occ Med Special interests: Palliative Care Therapeutics, Occupational Medicine, Performance Assessment and Management.

Dr Harker qualified from Liverpool University in 1980, having previously studied law at Durham before ‘seeing the light’
He has been a partner at Whinfield Medical Practice since 1985.  He works three days a week in general practice, the remainder of the week being spent between being clinical quality lead for the CCG and working for the GMC as a performance assessor/medio-legal expert. 
He has an interest in musculo-skeletal conditions and occupational health.  Outside of general practice he tries, not always successfully, to repair classic cars, and keep track of his daughter who travels the world seeing whales, dolphins and turtles!

Dr Helen Mcleish

MBBS (1995 London) MRCGP Dip Therapeutics Special interests: Palliative Care, Women’s Health

Dr McLeish graduated from University College and Middlesex School of Medicine in London in 1995.  She did her general practice training on the Cleveland scheme and her GP rotations at Whinfield Medical Practice.  She liked it so much that she came back in 2003 as a partner.  She has a special interest in End of Life medicine and Palliative Care, and is the GP Lead for this in Darlington.  She is also the prescribing lead for the practice and as such attends regular prescribing meetings with GPs from the other Darlington practices. She is on the Darlington Primary Care Network Board. She organises the 5th year medical student teaching within the practice. the 5th year students are in the practice for a 3 week block in the autumn term. She has a busy life as a full time GP and mum to two daughters.

Dr  Louise Russell

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

Dr Russell graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2002 and after completing house-jobs in Birmingham, moved to the Newcastle VTS to complete her GP training.  She worked in Sunderland for 8 years, before moving to a partnership in Gateshead.  She has recently moved to Darlington for family reasons hence taking up the position at Whinfield.  She has a particular interest in Childrens Health and Safeguarding, as well as Womens Health.  She currently organises the 3rd year medical student teaching for the practice . The 3rd years are in the practice most Wednesday mornings in the autumn term and all day Tuesdays the rest of the year. She is also training to train new GP’s. Outside of work she enjoys being a mother of three  children who keep her very busy and she can often be seen at local parks or soft plays weather dependent. She enjoys running and swimming and she is a keen football and snooker fan.

Dr Laila Alali


Salaried Doctors

Dr Elizabeth Carlton

MBBS (1994 Newcastle) DRCOG DFFP MRCGP

Dr Jennifer Tevendale

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.

Nursing Staff

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Michelle Nicholson 

Amy Drinkall 

Michael Jukes

Anna Pearson 

RGN, Lead Practice Nurse

Special Interests:  Long Term conditions (diabetes and  Epilepsy)family planning  and sexual health. Independant nurse prescriber.

Melanie Thompson


Special Interests:Long Term conditions (asthma and COPD). 

Cheryl Shadforth

Practice/Treatment Room Nurse

Christine Clarke 


Special Interests: Diabetes, Long term conditions, childhood imms.

Loz Greenwood


Special Interests: Wounds, long term conditions, (asthma and COPD), childhood imms, family planning.

Practice nurses are available between 8.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. daily by appointment for dressings, ECG’s, cervical smears,  immunisations, health checks, advice and counselling. Blood tests need to be taken usually before the hospital collection – at approx. 4.00 p.m. The nurses also have Health Care Assistants to support  them in providing these services.

Management Team

Practice Manager

Jane Lincoln

Jane 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.

Office Manager

Claire Ludlam

Practice Administration Team


Lisa, Jennifer, Julia, Clare, Margaret and Michelle, Emma, Rachel, Kelly, Andrew, Kim, Ghislaine


 Nicola and Kevina

Administrative  Assistant


Practice Pharmacists


Pharmacy Technician


Finance Officer


Healthcare Team

Healthcare Assistant

Susan Bailey 

Special interests: phlebotomy,  ECG’s,NHS Health checks,Spirometry,blood pressure monitoring,wound management  and dietary advice. 

Healthcare Assistant

Karen Mosely

Special interests: phlebotomy,  ECG’s,NHS Health checks,blood pressure monitoring,wound management  and dietary advice. 


Gemma Wright

Special Interests: Phlebotomy, ECG’s, BP monitoring