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Meet the Newbattle Medical Group Staff

We are very proud to have some of the most talented and hard working GPs at our practice. Below you will find an up-to-date roster of our GPs as well as the rest of the staff that make up our team.

The Doctors

Dr. Hilary M Ansell

Practice GP (Partner)


Qualified: Aberdeen 1997

About Me: I did my training in Aberdeen and the north of Scotland although always wanted to move back to Edinburgh beside my family . I started with the practice in October 2002. I have responsibility for some of the training doctors within the practice and have a special interest in paediatrics and psychiatry.

When not at work I enjoy running my children places and fishing .

Available Clinic Times: Monday(am),Tuesday(am), Wednesday(am),Thursday (am), Friday (all day)

Special Interests: To follow

Dr. Aspinall

Practice GP


Qualified: 2002 University of Edinburgh

Qualified: Info coming soon.

About Me: Info coming soon.

Available Clinic Times: Info coming soon.

Dr. Paul Bailey

Practice GP (Partner)


Qualified: Southampton 2001

Date Joined The Practice: November 2008

About Me: My interests are in all areas of general practice medicine. I am a GP trainer and have a lead role for prescribing in the practice. I am involved with the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and have an outside role with Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, running and cycling which I have to do as I also enjoy baking. Mainly other people’s baking, but sometimes my own...

Available Clinic Times: Wednesday, Thursday (am), Friday.

Dr. Alison Binns

Practice GP


Qualified: Qualified Glasgow 1991 MBChB

Joined practice 2017

About me: I am interested in all areas of General Practice, especially children's health, mental health and women's health. I am passionate about the wellbeing benefits of exercise and am a runner (also yoga, swimming and gym, using local facilities). We are a Parkrun Practice, a great way to get into running.

Available Clinic Times: Monday, Thursday, Friday

Dr. Laura Chiwanda

Practice GP


Qualified: 2010 University of Edinburgh

About Me: I graduated from University of Edinburgh in 2010 and completed my general practice training in Lanarkshire. I joined the team at Newbattle Medical Practice in February 2017. I am joint clinical lead for Newbyres Village Care home. I also do some work with NHS Lothian Out of hours service.

Available Clinic Times: Monday, Thursday, Friday

Dr. Anna Gaskell

Practice GP


Qualified: Edinburgh University 2007

Date Joined the Practice: April 2014

About Me: I completed my training in Edinburgh and really enjoy the varied work of a GP. I have a special interest in reproductive healthcare and work one day a week at the Chalmers Centre, Edinburgh. I run the first year medical student teaching in the practice and organise staff education.

During my time off I like being in the outdoors and particularly enjoy cycling and skiing.

Available Clinic Times: Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Dr. Anne Lancastle

Practice GP


Qualified: 2009 University of Edinburgh

About Me: I was delighted to join Newbattle Medical practice in September 2016 after completing my general practice training in Edinburgh. My areas of special interest include women's health and paediatrics. I am also one of the leads for Diabetes within the practice.

When not at work I enjoy being outside as much as possible and keeping as active as possible.

Available Clinic Times: Monday, Tuesday(am), Wednesday, Thursday (am)

Dr. Aldrich Ma

Practice GP (Partner)


Qualified: Phlippines 1998

About Me: Info coming soon.

Available Clinic Times: Monday, Tuesday(am), Wednesday, Thursday

Special Interests: Info coming soon.

Dr. Iain Morrison

Practice GP (Partner)


Qualified: Aberdeen 2004

Date Joined the Practice: October 2009
About Me: : I joined Newbattle Medical practice in October 2009 after completing my general practice training in Ayrshire. My areas of interest include cardiology and oncology. I am also one of the leads for Palliative Care within the practice.

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, running and playing regular 5-a-side football.

Available Clinic Times: Monday, Wednesday(am),Thursday(am)

Dr. Rachel Morrison

Practice GP (Partner)


Qulaified: 1988 University of Edinburgh

Date joined the Practice: Aug 1997

About Me: My areas of interest – I do mother and baby clinics, fit contraceptive devices , and look after one of the Nursing Homes
When not working , I enjoy walking the dog , and keeping as active as possible .

Available Clinic Times: Monday, Wednesday,Thursday

Dr. Elizabeth Read

Practice GP (Partner)


Qualified: Glasgow 2004

Date joined the Practice: April 2012

About Me: I really enjoy my job here at Newbattle – we have a great team of GPs, Nurses, Physios, pharmacists and Admin staff, who are all professional and dedicated to their jobs – an inspiring bunch! I am one of the lead GPs for diabetes, and also have an interest in Paediatrics. I am qualified to insert and remove the contraceptive implant. I teach 4th year medical students here at the practice, and also on Mondays at Edinburgh University.

When I am not at work, I can usually be found on a bike, up a hill, somewhere near by....

Available Clinic Times: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Dr. Wooff

Practice GP


Qualified: To Follow

About Me: Info coming soon.

Available Clinic Times: Info coming soon.

Special Interests: Info coming soon.

Dr Abigail Paul

Practice GP

Qualified: Info coming soon.

About Me: Info coming soon

Dr. Simon Hurding

Practice GP (Specialist in the Management of Frailty)

Qualified: Sheffield 1989
Qualifications: MB ChB FRCGP

About Me: I joined the Newbattle Team in the summer of 2019 as the GP lead for the new MidMed service caring for complex patients in their own homes. I completed my GP training in Sheffield and then in 1995 escaped to the Highlands to take over a single-handed remote and rural GP practice. After 15 years in Glenelg we moved to Edinburgh and I had a role for 9 years providing excellent advice on the use of medicines with NHS Lothian and the Scottish Government.

I am married with four (adult) children. The wife and I follow professional road cycling obsessively and we manage a bike ride most weekends. In my spare time I do DIY and potter with my 1930 Ford Model A Street Rod.

Available Clinic Times: Monday, Tuesday Wednesday(am), Thursday & Friday

Dr Kate Paul

Practice GP

Info to follow

Dr Heather Carbarns

Practice GP

Info to follow. . .

Dr Oyenwen Isaac

Practice GP

Info to follow. . .

Dr Rosanna Crossley

Practice GP

Info to follow. . .

Nurses & Administrative Staff


The practice and treatment room nurses see patients in booked appointment times from Monday to Friday. They attend to dressings, suture removal, blood pressure checks, HRT advice, ear syringing and other procedures. They also carry out investigative procedures, vaccinations, and run clinics for chronic diseases, newly registered patients and cervical cytology (smears). The phlebotomists take blood for testing and also the monitoring of warfarin.

Nurse Liz Forrester
Nurse Jo Flynn
Nurse Jillian Paulin

Treatment Room Nurses

Amy Gilfillan
Jacqui Cahill



Mrs Elizabeth McEwan
Angela MacDonald
Lucy Durie

Practice Management

Mrs Sandra Allan
Practice Manager

Mrs Lisa Forbes
Practice Administrator

The Practice Manager is responsible for the management and administration of the practice. Her team of receptionists, secretaries and administrative staff carry out the administration and reception duties required in the organisation of the practice. Mrs. Sandra Allan would be happy to hear your views and suggestions about the services provided by the Practice. Her direct telephone number is 0131 561 9215.

Community Midwives

Mrs Jill Guild
Nurse Susan Cowan

The midwives look after pregnant patients and hold regular antenatal clinics.
Telephone 0131-561-5533. Thursday only 0131-663-1051.

Community Nurses

Nurse Helen Ramsay
Katrina Leith

Health Visitors

Moira Cresswell
Patricia Chisholm
Tracy Walls

Dietitian – Telephone 0131-663-1051 Direct dial Tuesday pm only -0131-561-9246

Nurse Counsellor – Telephone 0131-561-9244

Speech and Language Therapist – Judith Barron Telephone 0131-454-9544 or 0131-561-9245 Or contact the Speech and Language Department who are based here at the Medical Centre Your GP or Health Visitor will refer you or you can self refer. The Speech and Language therapist provides clinics where she will assess children and young adults’ communication skills, providing diagnosis and treatment for a range of speech and language and communication problems. Additional support can be provided for eating, swallowing and educational difficulties. Support and advice can be offered to families, carers, teachers and other relevant individual needs. Contact the therapist directly or the department for more information.

Podiatrist – Denise Kerr Telephone 0131- 561- 9243 You can self refer. Please ask at Reception for an application form.

General Practice Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners (GP APPs) or “First Contact Practitioners

Our Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners are Emer at Danderhall and Fionna and Fiona at Newbattle

The GP APP works within a GP practice as part of the primary care team assessing and managing people with muscle, bone or joint symptoms. They provide an alternative to a GP appointment and work as “First Contact” clinicians.

GP APPs provide advanced level assessment and management for people with musculoskeletal (MSK)  symptoms. They can recognise when a condition is not musculoskeletal and take appropriate action (i.e. referring on to the most appropriate service).

Patients can request an appointment with the GP APP through e-consult  or  GPs  and other practice  team members can also request an expert MSK opinion from the GP APP. 

For more information please use the link below.

More Info
(Please note this will take you to an external NHS web page).

GP Training

We are an approved training practice and have registrars working in the practice on a regular basis. The registrars concerned are fully registered doctors who have completed their hospital training but are experiencing their early years in general practice. Occasional consultations may be videoed for training and assessment.

You will be informed beforehand if recording is to happen. This will only be done with your consent.


There will be no recording of intimate examinations and the camera can be switched off on request. If you do not wish to be recorded, this will not affect your consultation.

We also have junior qualified doctors working in the practice for periods of 4 months each. They are gaining their initial experience in General Practice and so are more closely monitored.