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 McleishI graduated from University College and Middlesex School of Medicine in London in 1995, I did my general practice training on the Cleveland scheme and my GP rotations at Whinfield Medical Practice. I liked it so much that I came back in 2002 as a partner. I have a special interest in End of Life medicine and Palliative Care. I am also the prescribing lead for the practice and as such attend regular prescribing meetings with GPs from the other Darlington practices. I am on the executive committee of Darlington Primary Care Network, which all the practices in Darlington are part of, working to improve the health of the whole population registered at out member practices including tackling health inequalities, improving screening for cardio vascular disease and cancer, and helping to increase resilience in primary care by working together in new ways to manage rising demand. I 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. I have 2 daughters who are growing up too fast, and 3 cats.
MBCHB (2002 Birmingham) MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, DFFP, Dip Palliative Care
Dr Louise Russell
MBCHB (2002 Birmingham) MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, DFFP, Dip Palliative CareI have been a qualified GP since 2006 having studied in Birmingham before returning home to the North East to complete GP training. I have worked in varying practices across the North East until moving to Darlington in 2016. I am proud to be a single mum of 3 kids who take up all of my spare time and are the reason I work 3 days a week in the practice, spending the rest of my time being a mum. I love running when I get the time, and we have recently taken up karate as a family and are all thrilled to have our yellow belts! I am a quite relaxed and chatty GP, enjoy being a “family” doctor with the continuity over people lives and understanding the whole family dynamics. My special interests are with safeguarding especially domestic violence, women’s/children’s health and I am passionate about celebrating neurodiversity and championing patient-led care. I qualified as a GP trainer in 2020 which involves supervising registrars – fully qualified doctors who are training to be GPs- so you will often find me working alongside a trainee ensuring you get excellent care whichever of us you see.
Dr Laila Alali
Dr Elizabeth Carlton
MBBS (1994 Newcastle) DRCOG DFFP MRCGP
Dr Karina Pang
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.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners
RGN, Lead Practice NurseSpecial Interests: Long Term conditions (diabetes and Epilepsy)family planning and sexual health. Independant nurse prescriber.
RNSpecial Interests: Wounds, long term conditions, (asthma and COPD), childhood imms, family planning.
Practice/Treatment Room Nurse
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.
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.
Practice Administration Team
Lisa, Jennifer, Clare, Margaret and Michelle, Charlotte, Rachel, Andrew, Ghislaine, Evan, Stacey, Leanne & Lyn
Nicola and Kevina
Special interests: phlebotomy, ECG’s,NHS Health checks,Spirometry,blood pressure monitoring,wound management and dietary advice.
Special interests: phlebotomy, ECG’s,NHS Health checks,blood pressure monitoring,wound management and dietary advice.
Special Interests: Phlebotomy, ECG’s, BP monitoring