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Meet the Team

Our Doctors

Non-urgent advice: Dr Simon Sherwin BM, MRCGP, DRCOG

Qualified 1993, Southampton University.

Dr Sherwin joined the practice in 2001. Having spent time working in hospitals in general medicine, palliative care medicine and psychiatry, he switched his attention to general practice. His areas of special interest are ischaemic heart disease and information technology in general practice. Dr Sherwin is the Information Governance Lead and Cauldicott Guardian for the practice. 

He also provides IT Consultancy to Ardens Healthcare Informatics, helping to make GP clinical systems easier to use by doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals. 

Non-urgent advice: Dr Lara Walter BM, BSc, DFSRH, MRCGP

Qualified 2008, Southampton University.

Dr Walter joined the practice in 2016. She has previously worked in Dorset, Southampton and the New Forest. She also worked for a year in Perth, Australia. Her interests are contraception and sexual health and she is the Medicines Management Lead for the practice.

Non-urgent advice: Dr Johanna Parker BSc, MBchB, MRCGP

Qualified 2008, Warwick University.

Dr Parker joined the practice in 2018. She completed her GP training in Cheltenham and has also worked in practices in Bristol and the New Forest. In 2012-2013 she worked in the Women’s hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her interests include Women’s health and medical education.

Non-urgent advice: Dr Nicola Sheppard MBBS, DRCOG

Qualified 1995, Kings College, London.

Dr Sheppard joined the practice in 2009. She initially worked as salaried GP in South East London before joining the practice. Her interests include Diabetes and she is the Child Safeguarding Lead for the practice. Dr Sheppard also undertakes the teaching of students. She also liaises with the local Health Visitors.

Non-urgent advice: Dr Andrew Hoyle MBBS, BSc, MRCGP

Qualified 2005, St Bartholomews Hospital, London. 

Dr Hoyle joined the practice in 2014. He previously worked in Oxfordshire and Bournemouth. During that time Andy also spent a year working in Nepal and India. His interests include Minor Ops and teaching medical students, and he is the Adult Safeguarding and Care Quality Commission Lead for the practice.

Non-urgent advice: Dr Emily Edwards BMBS, MRCGP, DFSRH

Qualified 2009, Peninsula Medical School.

Dr Edwards joined the practice in 2020. She graduated from Peninsula Medical School and completed foundation and GP training in Wessex. She has worked as a GP in the New Forest for five years, and abroad in New Zealand for one year; 2018-2019. Her interests include Frailty Medicine and Medical Education.

Practice Manager

Non-urgent advice: Mrs Vicki Etheridge

GP Registrars at the Practice

Non-urgent advice: Dr Monica Rak-Brdys

Qualified 2013, Medical University of Silesia, Poland.

Dr Rak-Brdys joined the practice in August 2020. Before starting GP training, she spent time working in hospitals, mainly in General Medicine but also General Surgery. She has previously worked in different areas of the UK, including Bournemouth, the Midlands and Aberdeen. Her most recent hospital experience includes ENT and Emergency Medicine. 

Practice Nurses

Non-urgent advice:

Mrs Joanne Bowles RGN, Lead Nurse
Mrs Gillian Thirwell RGN
Mrs Catherine Connett RGN, RSCN
Mrs Naomi Layfield RGN

Health Care Assistant

Non-urgent advice:

Mrs Kim Casey – Health Care Assistant
Mrs Louise Hooper – phlebotomist

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