St Anthony's Road,
Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne,

Healthcare Team



Dr Jonathan Caudle MB ChB 1992 UK MRCGP DRCOG Dip Ther
Male. GMC Number 3565153
Jonathan works Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He is our lead for chest conditions and our does minor surgery. He is a GP trainer.

Dr Clare Hodgkinson MB BS 2004 UK MRCGP
Female. GMC Number 6098491
Clare works Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. She is the practice lead for diabetes and has special interests in substance misuse, alcohol problems and healthcare of asylum seekers and refugees.

Dr Jonathan Coates MBBS(Hons) 2009, BA(Hons) 2001, MRCGP 2015, DCH 2014
Male. GMC Number 7042834
Jonathan works in the Practice on a Monday and Tuesday. His clinical interests are Mental Health, Persistent Pain and Child Health. He is also the Link GP for our local Care Home.

Dr Maria Balfry MBBS (Hons) UK 2011 MRCGP 2017
Female. GMC Number 7139511
Maria works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Her interests are in mental health, palliative care and patient and staff wellbeing.

Salaried GPs

Dr Vivienne Branton MB ChB 2015 BSc (Hons) MRCGP 2021 DTM&H
Female. GMC Number 7496574
Vivienne works on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. She is interested in mental health, tackling health inequality and social issues, and alternative approaches to chronic pain.

Dr Charis Bignell MBBS UK 2007 MRCP 2011 MRCGP 2017
Female GMC Number 6150127
Charis works Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. She also currently leads in the training of our trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioners.

In the above text GMC means General Medical Council.

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Teaching and Training

St Anthony’s is a training practice. This means that we have doctors working with us for six months at a time who are fully qualified doctors doing special training to become GPs. At some times in the year we also have medical students (who are training to become doctors) attached to us for shorter periods. You will always be asked if you are happy for a student to see you, and you are always free to say no.

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Nurse Practitioner

Josh Dolan BSC(Hons) PG Cert
Male. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Number 19H2266E

Josh has worked in Accident and Emergency, District nursing and most recently as a Nurse Practitioner covering all of the Newcastle care homes. He is currently undergoing his training to be an Advance Nurse Practitioner.

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Practice Nursing

Practice Nurses

Anne Ryan RGN
Sue Harkness RGN

Practice nursing duties and specialist clinics.

Nursing Assistants 

Paula Davison and Naomi Mason

Nursing Assistants see patients for registration health checks, blood pressure checks and takes blood. They also assist with minor surgery, carry out spirometry and ecg tests and act as a chaperone.

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Community Team

District Nursing Team

No longer based at the practice but you can contact them on 0191 214 1154 (8.30am to 5pm) or 0191 282 3869 all other times.

Community Midwife

Available every Thursday between 9am and 3.30pm for the Ante Natal Clinic. The regular Midwife is called  Eden, but the clinic is covered by the Walker Community Midwife Team. They provide antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care. They can be contacted at the Walker Community Midwife Office on 0191 213 8810

Health Visiting Team

Janet Liddell RGN, RHV
Fern Pratt RGN, RHV

They offer help, support and advice to pre school age children and their families, on a wide range of issues and problems. The Health Visitors are no longer based at the practice but they can be contact via a single point of access on 0191 282 3319.

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Practice Management

Managing Partner

Aileen Parkins

Practice Manager

Emily McDarby
Emily oversees the running of the Practice. Comments or suggestions on how we run the Practice are always welcome.

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Additional Staff


Nick Hartley

The GP Clinical Psychologist is available to speak to about your mental health and wellbeing.  Clinical Psychologists are trained in how to listen, understand and make sense of the way situations affect our quality of life and to explore how to change what we do in order to help us better cope with difficult thoughts and feelings.

Primary Care Networks Pharmacist

Stephanie Lister

As our Primary Care Networks (PCN) pharmacist, Steph’s role at the surgery is varied, it includes supporting GPs answering patient medication queries, dealing with drug safety alerts, managing acute or repeat prescription requests, and ensuring the safe prescribing of medications on transfer of care.

The main aim of her role is to carry out medication reviews with patients in the practice. By doing these reviews Steph is able to support patients with single or multiple medical conditions get the best use of the medications they take, by improving understanding and dealing with any concerns they may have to hopefully improve their health and wellbeing.

Social prescribing link worker

Jane Taylor

Link Workers work alongside the Navigators and have a 'hands on' approach and will go out in the community with patients. They are there to listen to patients and connect them with people and activities that might help them to feel better. They are interested in 'what matters' to the patient and create personalised care and support plans.

The Link Worker might introduce patients to a community group, a new activity or a local club, or help them find legal advice or debt counselling. They might just help find information and guidance: a bit of inside knowledge on a situation or what local resources there are. They could even offer support to create something new, such as a gardening club, a fishing group, a 'men's shed' or a 'knit and knatter' group.

Link Workers can help patients have more control over their own health and find ways to improve how they feel in a way that suits them.