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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

Salaried GP

Graduate Glasgow University 1991
GP since 1996

After around 25 as a GP in Musselburgh, I joined Newbattle Medical Practice in 2016.
I enjoy the large team and the practice area. The views cannot be beaten. We have a great, mixed practice population, that I enjoy working with.

I am interested in all aspects of general practice, especially children's and women's health and mental health. I enjoy working long term with patients and hope to give the best care I can.

Outside work, I have a family of two adult daughters, now left home, and my husband.
I am into sport, enjoy the gym, swimming and spin classes and run 5k to marathons regularly. Sport gives me energy and a calm mind, it's life changing. Seeing friends keeps me right too!

I work all day Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Dr. Laura Chiwanda

Associate Salaried GP


Qualified: 2010 University of Edinburgh

About me: I completed my general practice training in Lanarkshire before returning to Edinburgh and joining Newbattle in 2017. I enjoy all aspects of general practice, I especially like seeing multiple generations of the same family. I spend one afternoon a week looking after the residents of Newbyres Village care home. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and taking my chihuahua for walks. I also enjoy dragging my colleagues on some outdoor adventures!

My working days are Monday, Thursday and 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

Associate Salaried GP


Qualified: 2009 University of Edinburgh

About me: I was delighted to join Newbattle Medical Group in September 2016 after completing my General Practice training in Edinburgh. I am an associate salaried GP, and particularly enjoy women’s health and paediatrics. I am passionate about good access to the practice for patients and delivering a good service.
When not at work I am usually a busy Mum chasing after my husband and children! I have a wee dog I love getting out to walk, but not so much in the rain.

Available clinics: Monday am, Tuesday am and pm, Wednesday am and pm

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: 2004 University of Aberdeen

About me: I was delighted to join Newbattle Medical Group as a Partner in October 2009, after completing my General Practice training in Ayrshire. I have an interest in all things General Practice but especially keen on men's health, cardiology and oncology. I am also Chair of Lothian LMC which is the representative body of all GPs in Lothian.
When not at work I enjoy cycling and the great outdoors.

Available clinics: Monday AM and PM, Wednesday AM and PM

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 Liz Read

Practice GP (Partner)


Qualified 2003 University of Glasgow

I joined Newbattle medical group in 2012 , first as a salaried GP and then becoming a partner. I am passionate about providing excellent patient care to all, and have a particular interest in Womens Health and diabetes. I am very pleased about the return to face to face patient appointments post-pandemic, as I feel this is so important for providing good patient care. When not at work I try to be outdoors as much as possible, usually on a bike, although more recently swimming and sea kayaking too (hopefully not swimming as a result of bad kayaking skills...!! )

I work all day Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Dr Heather Carbarns

Practice GP

Info to follow. . .

Dr Rosanna Crossley

Salaried GP


Qualified: 2010 University of Southampton

I joined the team at Newbattle Medical centre in January 2023, after returning to the UK from New Zealand. I have worked in Cornwall, South Africa and New Zealand prior to settling with my young family in Scotland.
My areas of interest are womens health, paediatrics and dermatology. I most enjoy making positive connections with my patients and empowering them on their health journey.
When I am not at work I enjoy exploring nature and the outside world with my young family.

Available clinics: Monday and Thursday

Dr Marc Hernandez

Salaried GP

MD, MRCGP (2023)
Qualified: 2012 University of the City of Manila, Philippines
About me: I started at Newbattle in 2023, a few months after completing my GP training in Tayside. I enjoy the variety of general practice and interested in health innovation. Outside work, I am usually reading books at home or out hill walking with my wife.

Dr Jessica Hunter

Associate Salaried GP


About me: I was delighted to become an associate salaried GP earlier this year for Newbattle Medical Practice, I am a GP with a specialist interest in Paediatrics as well as Obstetrics/Gynaecology. I am dedicated to providing appropriate personalised care to my patients.
Available clinics: Monday am/pm, Tuesday am/pm, Wednesday am/pm, Thursday am.

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 Oyenwen Isaac

Salaried GP


Qualified: 2013

About me: I joined Newbattle Medical Group in March 2023 after completing my General Practice training in Edinburgh. I work as a salaried GP and enjoy interacting with and helping all the people I come across in my clinics as a general practitioner.
When not at work you can find me singing in the choir, serving in my community church or somewhere busy with my husband and toddlers.

Available clinics: All day Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Dr Kate Paul

Salaried GP

Qualified University of Edinburgh 2015

About me: I was delighted to join Newbattle Medical Group in 2021, initially as a locum GP and now in my Salaried role, after completing my General Practise training in Edinburgh. I enjoy all aspects of general practise and the variety that the role involves. When not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, including baking them lots of treats in my new kitchen.

Available clinics: Monday ,Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday am

Dr David Selman

Long term Locum Sessional GP


Qualified: 1985 University of Aberdeen

About me : I have worked for many years at Danderhall Medical Centre before becoming part of Newbattle Medical Group from August 2023. I am very committed to trying to serve the long term health needs of the locally community and keen to continue to provide continuity of care.
When not at work you will likely find me on the golf course in Peebles but enjoy playing tennis and badminton having hung up my 5 a side football boots last year !!

Available clinics Tuesdays am and pm, Wednesdays am and pm and Thursdays am and pm.

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.