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Dr Nigel Gough (m)

drgough.jpgDr Gough, our Senior Partner, qualified in 1977 and received further medical training at St Thomas’s, London, Oxford and Southampton, initially specialising in cardiology. Missing the bits above and below the chest, he moved to general practice and also has interests in training GPs and occupational and sports medicine.

Dr Gough is a keen classical musician, as well as enjoying a wide range of outdoor sports.

Dr James Heffer (m)


Dr Heffer qualified in Oxford in 1982 and trained for general practice in Winchester.

His medical interests include diseases of the nervous system and the relationship between people’s work and health.

Dr Janice Patrick (f)
drpatrick.jpgDr Patrick qualified in Newcastle in 1988 and migrated south after completing her general practice training in North Yorkshire. Her special interests include respiratory disease and Medicines Management.

Outside work Dr Patrick enjoys playing tennis, all kinds of music (except jazz!) and has a keen interest in natural history.
Dr Nell Wyatt (f)

drnellwyatt.jpgHaving trained as a nurse at St Thomas’s Dr Wyatt subsequently qualified as a doctor in London in 1992. She has worked extensively abroad, including treating patients with wart hog injuries in rural Tanzania. Dr Wyatt joined the practice in 1997 and has several areas of special interest, including diabetes, coronary heart disease, paediatrics and obstetrics. To relax she loves anything to do with the sea, gardening and the ballet or opera and has a lifetime aim to climb (or at least see from afar) Everest.

Dr Fiona Tees (f)

DrTees.jpgAfter qualifying in London in 1986, Dr Tees spent over two years working, and enjoying outdoor pursuits, in New Zealand. Two years in Canada followed, where her two children were born. Working in China fostered her keen interest in acupuncture.

Her other professional interests include women’s, cancer and expedition medicine. To relax and keep fit, Dr Tees enjoys cycling, running, water sports, skiing and tennis.

Dr Louise Paterson (f)

drlouisepaterson.jpgDr Paterson worked in London, Brighton and Paris after qualifying in 1993. Her special interests include Ear, Nose and Throat and Women’s Medicine.

As well as being a mother, Dr Paterson enjoys music and outdoor sports.

Dr Andrew Chisnall (m)

DrChisnall.jpgAfter qualifying in London in 1986, Dr Chisnall worked in Essex, Canada and on the Isle of Wight. He also spent four years as a ships’ surgeon and was a forensic medical examiner in Bishops Stortford.

He joined the practice in 2002 and lives in Winsley with his wife and three children. His areas of special interest are rheumatology and paediatrics and to relax Dr Chisnall enjoys barbershop singing.

Dr Paul Crocker (m)

DrCrocker.jpgDr Crocker initially qualified from Charing Cross hospital London in 1979 and undertook GP training in Reading.Having experienced several types of general practice he also explored hospice medicine before settling in this area some 15y ago.His medical interests include paediatrics,dermatology,palliative care and minor surgery as well as GP training.

Outside activities include photography and travel - from Grizzly spotting in the Rockies to cycling the canalsides of Amsterdam !

Dr Kate Parker (f)
drparker.jpgDr Kate Parker was born, raised and trained as a GP in Belgium, before settling in Wiltshire ten years ago with her British husband with whom she has a young daughter. In Belgium she ran her own single-handed practice for seven years, giving her a wide experience in all aspects of general practice.

Dr Parker relaxes by spending time with family and friends, and enjoys reading, camping trips, walking and picnics. She loves almost everything about life in the UK,except a cup of tea. At present Dr Parker spends most of her time at St Damian's surgery in Melksham.


Dr James Gordon (m)


Dr Gordon's last day with the Practice was on 7th March 2014 to start an exciting new opportunity as a Partner in another Practice. We are very sad to see Dr Gordon go but wish him all the luck for the future.

Dr Gordon's patients have automatically been transferred on to Dr Clive Smith's list. If you were one of Dr Gordon's patients and would rather a female GP (Dr Zoe Davis), please let reception know via one of the following ways:

Via email -

Via telephone - 01225 866611 and pressing number 5 on the options to speak to general enquiries.

Dr Clive Smith (m)


Dr. Smith qualified in 2007 from the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London. This was after a previous incarnation as a Postdoctoral research scientist at Imperial College London specialising in Arthritis and Cancer research.


Since qualification, he has spent time working in Bath and Swindon before completing GP training in the Wiltshire area.


In addition to having a young family in Bristol, Dr Smith enjoys Beekeeping in the Somerset area, and is a keen member of the Bath Beekeeping Association.


Dr Zoe Davis (f)

Dr_Zoe_Davis.JPGDr Davis qualified in London in 1998 from Imperial College and completed her General Practice training in Bristol in 2003 where she continued to work up until joining The Practice.

Her professional interests include women's health, sexual health and palliative care having worked in hospice medicine.

Outside of work, Dr Davis is kept busy with two small children and enjoys time with family and friends, walking and trips away. She enjoys light opera and hopes when time allows to join an amateur society.


As a practice we try to use locum doctors only when absolutely necessary – for example, to allow our GPs to be involved with major development work at the Primary Care Trust. We also try to use the same locums wherever possible to assist with continuity of care. They are a much needed and welcome part of our team.


We are a training practice, which means we have to maintain high standards of General Practice in order to train doctors. Registrars are qualified doctors who have received training in many hospital specialities and are then attached to our practice for a period of a year to 18 months.

For training purposes it is sometimes necessary to video patients' consultations. However, recordings will only be undertaken with the patient's consent and intimate physical examinations will not be recorded. The camera will be switched off on request.

Current Doctors in training are:

Dr Tom Chiddick (ST2)

Started 5.2.14 - will be with the Practice for 6 months.












Dr Laura Hamilton-Grey (ST3)

Started 25.02.14 - will be with the Practice for 4 months.


Dr John Williams (F2)

Started 04.04.14 - will be with the Practice for 3-4 months


Dr Rosemary Marshall (F2)

Started 04.04.14 - will be with the Practice for 3-4 months



Easter/Bank Holiday

The Practice will be closed on Friday 18th April - Monday 21st April 2014.

If you require medical assistance during this time, please telephone NHS 111.

If you have a life threatening medical emergency, please telephone 999.

Posted 17.04.14

Results of Patient Survey

In February 2014, 504 patients completed the patient questionnaire, either in the surgery or via the practice website.

Please click here to read a report about the survey process.

Please click here (APPENDIX A) for the results of the survey & the agreed action plan.

The practice has an e-mail group 'Patient Voice' who assisted the practice in this survey process.  We would like to sincerely thank the members of this group for their valuable input.

If you are interested in getting more involved with how the services are provided at your surgery, please click here for more information about the Patient Participation Group & the Patient Voice e-mail group.

And finally, we would like to thank those patients who kindly took the time to complete the survey and for providing such useful comments/feedback.

Michelle Coleman, General Manager

Posted: 17.4.14

Are you or your family living with severe allergies?

On Thursday 24th April, 7pm-9pm, an event has been created in association with the Anaphylaxis Campaign supporting people with severe allergies.

The event provides the opportunity for people to share experiences, swap tips and talk about what's on their mind in a relaxed setting.

Places for this event are free, go to or call 01252 456100 to book a place.

Location: Church Hall, St. Barnabas Church, Beanacre, Melksham (on the A350)

Posted: 16.04.14

Prime Minister's Challenge Fund Bid

This morning, the practice has received a letter informing us that unfortunately we were unsuccessful in our bid for funds to extend our service to our patients as part of the PM's Challenge Fund.

There were over 250 expressions of interest, demonstrating a variety of options for improving and extending access to general practice, but we were thanked for "all the hard work and time that has gone into our application. All practices will have the chance to benefit from guidance being developed through the Challenge Fund programme including: work to help further reduce bureaucracy and identify new ways of shaping demand on general practice services and working at a greater scale in networks and federations. We are also exploring the potential to create some kind of innovation hub to share great ideas across the general practice communities".

So all in all it was worth having a go, but we must not be disappointed - we already provide a fantastic service compared to some other parts of the country, and if it helps them to raise their standards, then it will be money well spent.

Posted 14.4.14

Repeat Prescription? 'Only Order What You Need'!

Wasted Mecidines Waste NHS Money!


The doctors are running a campaign this month asking patients to only order the medication that they need.

Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS across the UK over £300million every year!

Help us by only ordering what you need so that these savings could be put towards other health services in our local community.

Please click here to read on....

Posted: 10.04.14

Grand Total Raised for Ovarian Cancer 

The Surgery was proud to be campaigning in March for the Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

We'd like to thank all our patients that kindly supported this cause and helped the Surgery raise a grand total of £170.14!

Click hereto see the Ovarian Cancer Awareness website

Posted 10.04.14

Easter/Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Times

Please click here to download a copy of the Pharmacy Opening Times for the Easter/Bank Holiday period this year (PDF file).

Posted 10.04.14

Temporary Road Closure

To enable Wiltshire Council to carry out major drainage repairs, part of the A363 Market Street and Masons Lane in Bradford on Avon will temporarily close until 6th May 2014.

Whilst this work is taking place, significant travel delays are likely. Please ensure to leave yourself extra time for your journey.

If you require a home visit from one of our doctors, please be aware that the doctor may feel a telephone consultation is more appropriate on this occasion in light of the significant travel disruptions allowing them more time to attend to the seriously ill patients.

Please click here to find out more information on the road closure.

Your help with this is much appreciated.

Posted: 07.04.14

Dr Gordon's Patients

Dr James Gordon's last day with the practice was on 7th March 2014 to start an exciting new opportunity as a Partner at another practice. We are very sad to see Dr Gordon go but wish him all the luck for the future.

Dr Gordon's patients have automatically been transferred on to Dr Clive Smith's list. If you were one of Dr Gordon's patients and would rather a female GP (Dr Zoe Davis), please let reception know via one of the following ways:

Via email -

Via telephone -

01225 866611 and pressing option 5 to speak to general enquiries

Posted: 03.04.14

Scarlet Fever

After a recent increase in Scarlet Fever instances throughout the UK, please click here to view information regarding Scarlet Fever.

Posted 20.3.14

Job Opportunity

Part-time associate GP - 5 sessions per week

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated GP to our team.

Please click here to see the full job advert.

Closing date - 4th April 2014

Posted 19.3.14

Hoax Warning

A hoax email claiming to be from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has been sent to people around the country to make them believe they may have cancer.

The email contains the subject line of 'Important blood analysis result'.

NICE is advising people who have received the email to delete it without opening and do not click any links.

The origin of the hoax email is currently being investigated.

Posted 17.3.14

'Did Not Attend' Appointment Data

During the month of February 2014, 3.9% of patients DID NOT ATTEND their routine GP appointment.

This equates to 21.5 hours of lost time for other patients to see the doctor!

On average, 7.9 appointments are wasted with the nurse every week day!

Posted: 10.03.14

FREE Stop Smoking Clinic

If you want to improve your health and live longer please attend our FREE stop smoking clinic with our trained advisors Ruth Randall & Ruth Vine.

Please contact the appointments team on 01225 865200 to book your appointment.

You are 4 times more likely to quit by seeing an Advisor.

Posted: 06.03.2014 

Blood Pressure Check - Have You Had Yours?

Are you aged over 35 years?

If so, please help the doctor monitor your health by using the self testing blood pressure machine located at The Bradford on Avon Health Centre.

It's simple and easy to use.

Once done, please see reception and we will add the reading to your medical records.

Alternatively, please book in to see the Health Care Assistant to take your reading for you.


Posted: 07.02.14

Welcome Dr Zoe Davis

The practice would like to welcome a new Associate doctor to the team - Dr Zoe Davis.

All of Dr Van Lany's patients will now be registered with Dr Davis.

For more information about Dr Davis, please click here

Posted: 03.02.14

Yellow Fever Vaccine Stock Update

Unfortunately the surgery has NO YELLOW FEVER VACCINES IN STOCK. This is a global problem. If you need to source a yellow fever vaccine please try a private travel clinic. The Bath Travel Clinic: 01225 820461

Posted: 31.01.14

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

"The right health care for you, with you, near you"

Please click here to find out more information about your local CCG.

Posted 21.1.14

Young People Representative

We are pleased to announce that Kirsty Tripp is the Young People Representative at the Surgery.

Kirsty is here for young people to contact to ask questions about what the Surgery can do for them and to find out more information on anything that is worrying them. 

For more information click here

Posted: 15.01.14

Senior Citizens Forum - Local Campaign for better Health and Social Services

Been to the RUH recently?

Had Help from Social Services?

The Senior Citizens are asking for feedback (good or bad) to help campaign for better health and social services for everyone living in and around Bradford on Avon.

To find out more information, please click here.

Posted: 31.12.13

Senior Citizens Forum - Independent Living Centre Visit

The Bradford on Avon Senior Citizens are organising a group trip in the Spring 2014 to the Independent Living Centre in Semington.

To find out more information on the trip, please click here to be taken to the Patient Participation page and select 'Other Groups'.

Posted: 16.12.13

Fraud Alert

We please ask you NEVER to give out your card details over the phone.

A patient has recently been contacted by someone claiming to be from our Surgery. The caller stated that the patient's prescription was ready for collection and could be delivered if credit/debit payment details were provided.

The practice will never ask you for your card details over the phone.

If you experience any similar requests or have concerns that you may have been targeted, please contact the police via Action Fraud 0300 123 2040.

For more information, visit

Posted 5.12.13

NHS 111 Service

NHS 111 is a new service which has been introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England.

You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency.

For more info, click here.

Leg Club Update

The Friends of Bradford on Avon Community Health Care (Registered Charity No. 289242) is sponsoring the new Bradford on Avon Leg Club, which plans to open 10am to 1pm every Thursday at Wiltshire Heights Care Home from the 6th February 2014.

The Leg Club is for patients of the surgery who have leg problems and need; assessments, treatments, dopplers, hosiery measurements and general advice about keeping legs healthy. This free service is drop-in and refreshments will be available. The Leg Club is based on the awar winning model founded by former district nurse, Mrs Ellie Lindsay. For more information please contact reception or ring 01225 860016.

Leg Club Poster - click here

Posted 21.11.13

Care Co-ordinator

The practice has newly appointed Care Co-ordinator's to the team. The new role will support those patients who are often at risk of ill health and those with complex health needs to continue living well at home for longer.

To find out more information about this new role for the practice, please click here to read the press release from Great Western Hospitals.

Posted: 29.10.13

Care Quality Commission

CQC is the independent regulator of all health and social care in England. They monitor, inspect and regulate all hospitals, care homes, home-care agencies, GP practices and dental practices.

The practice, along with all other GP surgeries has registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and we are awaiting our first inspection.

For more information visit or call 03000 616161.

Please also download the CQC leaflet by clicking here.

Posted 25.10.13

Have your say!

As a practice we are always looking at ways to improve the services we provide patients, one of the ways we do this is by reflecting and acting upon patient feedback.

Did you know you are able to provide feedback to the Surgery via a number of different ways? here to find out!

Posted: 15.10.13

Shingles Vaccination!

If you are aged 70 or 79 as at 1st September 2013, you are entitled to receive the shingles vaccine (which can be given at the same time as your flu vaccination)

However, if you are aged 70 or 79 after 1st September 2013 OR if you are currently aged 71-78, you will not be entitled this year, but will be in subsequent years.

Eligibility has been defined in this way because of the limited supply of vaccine this year.

For more information, click here to see a copy of the national leaflet 'Aged 70-79?' or go to

Practice Booklet!

The new practice booklet is now available.

If you would like to download the booklet, please click here

Alternatively, please enquire at reception for a free copy.

Posted: 04.09.13 

Bluebird Care Franchise...A Flying Start!

With a demanding need for Health Centres to increase the range of services they provide to accommodate the growing needs of the local community, Bradford on Avon & Melksham Health Partnership have been revolutionary in their here to read article.

Posted: 20.08.13

Do you have a disability?

The practice is pleased to announce that we now have a Disability Representative at the practice, Ruth Randall. 

For more information click here


Patient Participation Group (PPG) 

The PPG would like to ask ALL patients of the practice:

Do you have any suggestions of what other subjects could be discussed at future PPG meetings? What medical subjects interest you?

Please give your ideas to reception or send an e-mail to the PPG direct:

For more information, or to get involved with the PPG or the Patient Voice e-mail group, please click here.

Posted: 19.6.13

Help us to Help You!

The doctors of the practice have formulated a home treatment guide to help you manage COMMON AILMENTS at home such as cystitis, stomach ache, earache and sinusitis to name but a few.

To find out more, CLICK HERE to read on...

Posted: 08.04.13

Did you Know?

We have the following services available at the Surgery....

Click HERE to read more.


View the NHS Choices website page by clicking here or attend a 'no worries' appointment at the surgery, click here for more information.

Posted: 27.02.13

*Press Release*

Melksham Campus could have on-site Health practice

Discussions are taking place for the possible relocation of St. Damian's Surgery in Melksham to the campus site.

To view the full press release please click here.

Posted: 07.02.13

Health Visitor Clinic


Joanne Rudd-Lindsay, Health Visitor for Bradford-on-Avon, runs a clinic every Monday morning at the Health Centre.

This service is offered for parents and their children under 5 years old who haven't started school yet. Joanne can help with a range of concerning issues such as breastfeeding, temper tantrums/behaviour problems, speech and language, growth, and diet issues to name but a few.

To find out more information about the Health Visitors please click here.

Posted: 04.02.13

Stressed, anxious, depressed?

lady_counselling The practice have a team of Mental Health Practitioners who are able to provide patients with support when going through a difficult time.

Click here to read more about Mental Health Services and other Specialist Services.....

Avoid the queues and cancel your appointment direct!

Did you know that we have a designated appointment cancellation line, which is available 24 hours a day (even at weekends!)

PHONE or TEXT 01225 860025

These messages are collected regularly throughout the day.

You can also cancel your appointment on-line by clicking on the 'cancel appointment' button on the home screen, below left.

Text message appointment reminders!



We are pleased to announce that from Wednesday 11th January, at 11.45am each week day, patients who have an appointment for the following day will receive an instant SMS text message appointment reminder.

To receive this service, please inform the receptionist of your mobile telephone number.

If you would prefer NOT to receive ANY text messages from the practice, please ask reception staff to mark this on your record.

Posted: 11.1.12

Green Tree Health


There are a variety of alternative therapists and counsellors working at Green Tree Health. For more information click here and then click on the Green Tree Health tab.

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