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Dr Alison Guthrie

Senior Partner

GMC No. 3108987 MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DCH, MFFP Registered Edinburgh 1985

Qualified from University of Edinburgh in 1985. Joined Empingham Medical Centre in 1994. Special interests include Child Health, Menopause, Osteoporosis and Family Planning – fits implants and contraceptive coils. Involved in teaching medical students since 2006.

Dr Michael Eaves

GP Partner

GMC No. 3587489 BCs, MBChB, DRCOG, DFFP Registered Leicester 1992

Qualified from University of Leicester in 1992. Joined Empingham Medical Centre in 1997. Special interests include Dermatology, Therapeutic Hypnosis, Cardiology, Joint Injections, Minor Surgery and Medical Student Teaching.

Dr James Thorpe

GP Partner

GMC No. 4628554 BSc, BMedSci, BMBS, MRCS, MRCGP Registered Nottingham 1999

Qualified from University of Nottingham in 1999. Joined Empingham Medical Centre in 2011. Special interests include Joint injections, Men’s Health and Medical Student Teaching.

Dr Donna Hutchinson

SALARIED GP

GMC No. 4308056 MBChB, DFFP, DRCOG, JCPTGP, MScSEM Registered Leicester 1996

I have worked in the NHS for almost 25 years the last 20 of which as a GP. This has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to develop a broad spectrum of knowledge in all things pertaining to health and wellbeing. Having endured a serious illness myself I am well versed in the patient experience and what makes for a good or bad one!

I am constantly looking at new ways to support patients in empowering them to better understand and live with chronic illness and provide advice for self-care or management for acute illness in a timely fashion. I have over the years developed special interests in both musculoskeletal medicine through my love of all things sporting and have a master’s degree in the subject and in headache medicine – an often overlooked area of medicine that is no less deserving of attention than other health issues.

Dr Lois Jacques

SALARIED GP

GMC No. 6122346 MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH Registered Birmingham 2005

Qualified from University of Birmingham in 2005.  Has been a GP since 2010. Joined Empingham Medical Centre in August 2021 and works 2 days a week. Special interests include Women’s Health and Child Health.

Belinda Ashley-Dunn

ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER

I am an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP). Advanced Nurse Practitioners are experienced nurses who have undertaken additional Masters Level training in clinical practice. They use their expert clinical knowledge and skills to make decisions in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients. They can request investigations, refer to specialists in secondary care and prescribe medications. I qualified in nursing in 1991 at South Manchester School of Nursing and have a background in District Nursing and Health Visiting. I have been working in General Practice in Peterborough and Rutland for the last 14 years. I have a specialist interest in Women’s Health.

Julie Hunt

NURSE PRACTITIONER

I joined Empingham Medical Centre in October 2006; prior to this I had worked for the Out of Hours Service and 3 GP Practices in Peterborough. I completed my Nurse Practitioner Degree and extending Nurse Prescribing at the University of East Anglia in 2002 and completed a post-graduate diploma in First Contact Care in 2007 at Sheffield University. I also have Diplomas in Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Heart Failure & Asthma. Specialist areas: I am the Diabetes lead and Infection Control lead at Empingham Medical Centre.

Carol Crewe

NURSE PRACTITIONER / NURSE MANAGER

My role as the Nurse Manager means I split my time time between management and clinical. The management side of my role means I have responsibility in the traditional sense of line management for all members of the nurse team; I am also responsible for providing a timely and efficient nursing service and this inevitably means co-ordinating with the wider clinical service at Empingham Medical Centre such as GPs and Pharmacists. My clinical role as a Nurse Practitioner means I am trained and qualified to assess, diagnose and prescribe for patients who present to Empingham Medical Centre needing urgent on the day treatment.

Carina Marshall

SENIOR PRACTICE NURSE

I qualified as a Nurse in 2005 after completing my studies at Homerton School of Health Studies. After spending time in various departments including theatres and A&E, I left hospitals and became more community based in 2009. I spent 6 years working for the Contraception and Sexual Health Service in Peterborough, where I gained a qualification in issues and practice in contraception and learnt to fit and remove implants. I became a Practice Nurse in 2015 and have since completed a Diploma in Asthma and COPD. I moved to Empingham Surgery to provide cover at the end of 2018 and took up the position of Senior Practice Nurse at the beginning of 2019.

Bev Buckle

PRACTICE NURSE

I completed my nursing degree at the University of Surrey in 1996. I joined Empingham Medical Centre in May 2012 and I currently work 2 days a week. I have a Diploma in Asthma Management.

Emma Jones

PRACTICE NURSE

I qualified in September 2010 and did my Preceptorship at Papworth where I gained some vast experience.
I then went to work in an Australian hospital in Adelaide for a year. This helped me gain in confidence and enhance my knowledge.
I moved back to the UK and worked at Addenbrookes in Ophthalmology. After 2 years I moved to Sawtry and worked at Hinchingbrooke Hospital as an IV Nurse.
Then I saw an advert for ‘Practice Nurse’ development role. I applied as Practice Nursing is something I have always wanted to do. Here I have gained a new set of nursing skills and continue to develop. I have finally found my ‘niche’.

Shirley Hodges

HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT

I joined Empingham Medical Centre in September 2012. My role includes Phlebotomy, ECGs, 24hr BP monitors, Spirometries, Health Checks, Ear Syringes, Dressings and Diabetic Foot Checks.

Ian Halcrow

BUSINESS MANAGER

I have a varied career background having worked in the engineering, insurance, and legal sectors. I am now responsible for the day-to-day running of Empingham Medical Centre.

Vikki Hughes

PRACTICE OPERATIONS MANAGER

I joined Empingham Medical Centre in 2019 as Patient Services Manager after spending 5 years working as Rutland’s Integrated Care Coordinator.  Having gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in a very short space of time. I have recently taken up the post of Practice Operations Manager within the surgery. 

Ruth Broughton

DISPENSARY MANAGER

I joined Empingham Medical Centre as Dispensary Manager in 2020. I am a registered Pharmacy Technician with 20 years of experience in both retail pharmacy and general practice.

Gill Heasell

IT MANAGER

I joined Empingham Medical Centre in 2009 as part of the reception team.  I have embraced all the various changes within the team and to my role in particular and I am now the IT Manager. I have transformed the IT role into one where IT issues are seen as challenges not problems and the business has seen great strides forward as a result.

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