Rectory Lane,
TS14 7DJ

Healthcare Team

Practice Manager

Karen Brooks

Karen has responsibility for the day to day management of the Practice and will be happy to deal with any queries or comments you may have concerning the Practice.


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Dr Nicola Thomas (Partner)
Joined the practice in 1994. Her interests are Medicines Management and Palliative Care.

Dr Angela Halloway (Partner)
Joined the practice in 1997. Her interests are Gynaecology and Contraception.

Dr Sarah Lee (Partner)
Joined the practice in March 2003. Her specialities include Mental Health and Plastic Surgery. Dr Lee also does regular Cryotherapy and Minor Surgery clinics. Dr Lee supervises the foundation doctors attached to the practice.

Dr Julie-Anne Birch (Salaried)
Joined the practice in April 2006. Her interests are Asthma, COPD and Dermatology. Dr Birch is a GP Trainer who regularly has a GP Registrar Doctor under her supervision and she also is an active member (currently Chair) of the Local Medical Committee.

Dr Philippa Allan (Partner)
Joined the practice in January 2014. Her interests are Palliative Care and Women’s Health. Dr Allan organises the teaching for medical students from Newcastle University.

Dr Emily Fussey (Partner)
Joined the practice in May 2020. Her interests include Paediatrics, Medical Education and Mental Health. Before Medicine, she studied Economics at the University of Edinburgh. 

Dr Andrew Parker (Partner)
Joined the Practice in June 2021. His interests include Dermatology and Men's Health Issues including Urology.  Dr Parker also performs Joint Injections. He is very keen to become a GP Trainer and at present teaches third year Students and Foundation Year Doctors.

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Training Practice

Springwood Surgery is a very proactive training practice for GP Registrars, Final Year Doctors and Students.

We usually have 1 to 3 GP Registrars who are trained by Dr Birch. They are fully qualified doctors who are training to be GPs.

Dr Lee supervises our Foundation doctors who attend the practice for 4 month rotations and Dr Allan supervises medical students during their General Practice visits.