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. Clare Florence

Practice GP


Qualified: 2002 University of Glasgow

About Me: I qualified in 2002 and completed my GP training in Glasgow before moving to Manchester. I joined Newbattle Medical Practice in April 2018. My areas of interest include women's health, contraception and paediatrics.
When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and long walks with our dog.

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

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. Rona Stevens

Practice GP


Qualified: University of Dundee 2011

About Me: I joined the practice in 2018 having completed my GP training here over the last few years. I have an interest in all aspects of general practice medicine. I also do some work for the Lothian unscheduled care service.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, running and enjoying the great outdoors.

Available Clinic Times: Tuesday morning, Wednesday, Friday

Dr. Gillian Smith

Practice GP

More info to follow . . .

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

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, e.g. travel vaccinations. 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.

Nurse Liz Forrester
Nurse Jo Flynn
Nurse Jillian Paulin

Treatment Room Nurses

Amy Gilfillan
Jacqui Cahill


Healthcare Assistants

Mrs Maida Mitchell



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. Physiotherapist – Margaret Sherriffs Telephone 0131-561-9242 The physiotherapist sees patients in booked appointments. Your GP will refer you. Podiatrist – Denise Kerr Telephone 0131- 561- 9243 You can self refer. Please ask at Reception for an application form.

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.