WHINFIELD SURGERY - Key Persons


Advanced Nurse

Job Titles:
  • Nursing Staff Member

Amy Drinkall

Job Titles:
  • Nursing Staff Member

Anna Pearson

Job Titles:
  • Lead Practice Nurse

Cheryl Shadforth

Job Titles:
  • Practice / Treatment Room Nurse

Claire Ludlam

Job Titles:
  • Office Manager

Dr Helen Mcleish

Dr McLeish graduated from University College and Middlesex School of Medicine in London in 1995. She did her general practice training on the Cleveland scheme and her GP rotations at Whinfield Medical Practice. She liked it so much that she came back in 2003 as a partner. She has a special interest in End of Life medicine and Palliative Care, and is the GP Lead for this in Darlington. She is also the prescribing lead for the practice and as such attends regular prescribing meetings with GPs from the other Darlington practices. She is on the Darlington Primary Care Network Board. She organises the 5th year medical student teaching within the practice. the 5th year students are in the practice for a 3 week block in the autumn term. She has a busy life as a full time GP and mum to two daughters.

Dr Louise Russell

Dr Russell graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2002 and after completing housejobs in Birmingham, moved to the Newcastle VTS to complete her GP training. She worked in Sunderland for 8 years, before moving to a partnership in Gateshead. She has recently moved to Darlington for family reasons hence taking up the position at Whinfield. She has a particular interest in Childrens Health and Safeguarding, as well as Womens Health. She currently organises the 3rd year medical student teaching for the practice . The 3rd years are in the practice most Wednesday mornings in the autumn term and all day Tuesdays the rest of the year. She is also training to train new GP's. Outside of work she enjoys being a mother of three children who keep her very busy and she can often be seen at local parks or soft plays weather dependent. She enjoys running and swimming and she is a keen football and snooker fan.

Dr Richard A G Harker

Dr Harker qualified from Liverpool University in 1980, having previously studied law at Durham before ‘seeing the light' He has been a partner at Whinfield Medical Practice since 1985. He works three days a week in general practice, the remainder of the week being spent between being clinical quality lead for the CCG and working for the GMC as a performance assessor/medio-legal expert. He has an interest in musculo-skeletal conditions and occupational health. Outside of general practice he tries, not always successfully, to repair classic cars, and keep track of his daughter who travels the world seeing whales, dolphins and turtles!

Helen Finn

Job Titles:
  • Practice Nurse

Jane Lincoln

Job Titles:
  • Practice Manager
Jane is responsible for the day-to-day running of the practice. She welcomes any comments or suggestions and may be contacted if you have a problem or a complaint you would like to discuss. We have a full complement of administrative staff to support the doctors and nurses to help provide you with a first class service.

Karen Mosely

Job Titles:
  • Healthcare Assistant
Special interests: phlebotomy, ECG's,NHS Health checks,blood pressure monitoring,wound management and dietary advice.

Michelle Nicholson

Job Titles:
  • Nursing Staff Member

Susan Bailey

Job Titles:
  • Healthcare Assistant
Special interests: phlebotomy, ECG's,NHS Health checks,Spirometry,blood pressure monitoring,wound management and dietary advice.