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Whitby Group Practice
Spring Vale Medical Centre, Rievaulx Road, WHITBY, North Yorkshire YO21 1SD
Tel: 01947 820888
Fax: 01947 824100
Out of Hours: NHS 111

DOCTORS - Partners and GPs

We have fourteen GP Partners, and employ two salaried GPs.  Most of our doctors work part time/ job share and enjoy a healthy work life balance.


Dr Colette Broadhurst
MBchB(hons) Edinburgh 1992; MRCGP; DFFP; DRCOG; Diploma in Nutritional Medicine; Diploma in Palliative Care; BSc (hons)
Dr Broadhurst has worked here since 2016 following 20 years as a Scarborough GP.  The personal list system enables her to get to know her patients and provide personalised care, whilst the daily walk-in surgery ensures patients with acute problems are able to access help.  She is a GP Trainer and believes strongly in supporting and developing staff who wish to undertake new roles.  The practice systems facilitate effective part time working, which enables her to pursue other interests outside of work.
Colette lives in a beautiful house near the sea in a small village of people who are passionate about their interests.  She loves being able to walk or cycle directly from home, catching glimpses of the local wildlife, or to discover the amazing work of local artists drawn to the area because of the quality of the light.


Dr Becky Chandler
MB, ChB, MRCGP, DFSRH; 2003 Liverpool
Dr Chandler qualified in Liverpool in 2003 and gradually made her way to Whitby, via Australia, in June 2014. She loves living by the coast and when not at work, you may see Becky out running, walking her dog or trying to keep up with her children.

Dr Lynda Carter

BSc, MSc (dist), Cert Pall Care, MB BS, MRCGP, BSc Med Microbiology, MSc Medical Immunology, Cert of Essential Palliative Care, Dip Fac Sexual & Rep Healthcare, Dip Trop Med & Hygiene (dist), PG Cert ED (Primary Care) (merit); 2004 St George's Hospital London

Dr Carter came to Whitby Group Practice in 2013 as she was keen to join a friendly, innovative partnership with a strong ethos in education.  During the past 5 years she has started working as a Training Programme Director supporting GP Specialty Trainees.  She works two days at the practice and one day for Health Education England.
The rest of the time Lynda is a mum, looking after her children and spending as much time as possible on the beach with them.

Dr Napa Gopikrishnan
M.B., B.S., F.R.C.S (Ed); 1990 Madras
Dr Gopikrishnan is an FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) and has a special interest in teaching, ENT (ear, nose and throat), orthopaedics and joint injections.  Dr Gopikrishnan is the buildings lead for the Practice.
Outside of the Practice he works in Whitby Community Hospital and does out-of-hours sessions.

Dr Rob Hazledine
MB, ChB, MRCGP; 2001 Glasgow
Dr Hazledine is a GP trainer and has a special interest in teaching and joint injections.  He also works in the local Community Hospital.
Outside of work Rob is a qualified RFU coach, enjoys both coaching and watching local rugby, and loves the quality outdoor lifestyle that living in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park offers him and his family.

Dr Tara Hazledine
MB, ChB, DCH, nMRCGP; 2000 Edinburgh
Dr Hazledine has a special interest in teaching, paediatrics, women’s health and palliative care.  She is an FY2 trainer and teaches the 4th year HYMS medical students.
Outside of the Practice she works as a hospice doctor at St Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough and until recently worked for the CCG as a Macmillan GP.
Tara loves spending quality time outdoors with her family.

Dr David Hilson
MB, BS; 2011 York
Dr Hilson has an interest in palliative care and covers the local hospice in Scarborough on a number of weekends.  He also works as an out of hours doctor in Whitby.
Studying medicine was a second career.  His first degree was in Marine Geography.  He led adventure tours for a number of years in a wide range of areas including Cuba, Libya, Pakistan and Peru.  His favourite areas to work were Jordan and Costa Rica.
He was consistently asked when he was going to get a ‘real job’.  In 2005 he started his medical degree at Hull York Medical School.  He loved Yorkshire and stayed in the area after graduation, moving to Whitby as it was half way between his job at Scarborough Hospital and his wife's in Middlesbrough.  Having fallen for Whitby, Dave was delighted to become a partner at Whitby Group Practice in 2015.

Dr Paul Johnson
MB, ChB, DCH, FPCert, MRCGP, FRCGP; 1983 Manchester
Dr Johnson is a GP trainer, teaches medical students and has a special interest in diabetes, research and computing.  He is an FRCGP (Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners) and is the Caldicott Guardian for the Practice.  Outside of the Practice he is the Associate Postgraduate Dean for Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber, an RCGP CSA examiner and marshal and a RCGP Quality Assurance assessor.
Paul came to Whitby Group Practice in 2000, after spending 13 years as a GP in Scotland.  Among the things that attracted him to Whitby were the opportunities that Whitby Community Hospital provides for the local GPs to continue to look after their patients in the Minor Injuries Unit or when they are admitted for rehabilitation or palliative care. He enjoys working with a great practice team and alongside fantastic community colleagues striving to deliver first class primary care services in a beautiful part of North Yorkshire.

Dr Martin Linton
MB, ChB, MRCGP, DA, FPC; 1985 Leeds
Dr Linton has a special interest in research, ophthalmology and joint injections.
Martin is also the Practice lead for Whitby Community Hospital.

Dr Terry McCormack
MB, BS, DA(Eng), DRCOG, DFFP, MRCA; 1982 St Mary’s Hospital London
Dr McCormack has a special interest in research, teaching, orthopaedics, joint injections and cardio-vascular medicine.  He also liaises with the Whitby Lifeboat crew and in 2016 received the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Gold Award.  He is an extensively published researcher, and in February 2016 was awarded the NIHR Clinical Research Network Award ‘Leading Commercial Trial Principal Investigator’ Recruitment Category 19.
Dr McCormack is an Honorary Reader in Primary Care Medicine, Hull York Medical School and Honorary Teaching Fellow, Imperial College of Medicine, London.  He is editor of the British Journal of Cardiology and on the Editorial Board, Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease as well as being an.  He is an Expert Adviser NICE Centre for Clinical Practice and a member of both the Hypertension and Venous Thromboembolism Guideline Committees.

Dr Amanda Smart
M.B., Ch.B., MRCGP.,D.A., F.P.C., D.C.H; 1985 Leeds
Dr Smart’s interests include child health, palliative care and women's health.  As part of her additional qualifications in contraceptive care she fits contraceptive coils and implants.
Outside work Amanda enjoys the beautiful moors and coast and maintains a small flock of sheep, chickens, a duck and two dogs.

Dr Simon Williams
MB, ChB, MRCGP; 2004 Aberdeen
Dr Williams has a special interest in emergency medicine and IT.
Outside of the Practice he provides medical cover for a wide range of events, and also works in the local Community Hospital.
Simon loves outdoors pursuits and finds Yorkshire a great place in all seasons.

Dr Carolyn Fisher
MB, ChB, FPC; 1983 Manchester
Dr Fisher is a salaried GP; she has a special interest in teaching, family planning, IT, women’s health and psychiatry.
Carolyn loves the beautiful village she lives in, with its true sense of community.

Dr Sarah Brown
MB,ChB; 2012 Birmingham
Dr Brown is a salaried GP and our newest member of the team.  She qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 2012 and underwent her GP training in Scarborough.
Sarah loves living and working in the natural beauty and friendly communities of North Yorkshire.


Our Nurse Practitioner, Maxine Atkinson, is fully trained to diagnose, treat and advise on:

  • Asthma problems
  • Abdominal pain / symptoms
  • Eye problems
  • Throat problems
  • Thrush (candida) / urine infections (UTIs)
  • Muscular or bony injuries and symptoms e.g. back pain
  • Childhood high temperature
  • Chest infections (upper RTIs)
  • Headaches
  • Ear problems
  • Rashes / skin infections
  • General or emergency contraception and advice
  • Refer for further tests e.g. x-rays

We are currently recruiting a further Nurse Practitioner/ACP to enhance our services.

Our newest team member is Alasdair Hutchison, Senior Clinical Pharmacist.

Alasdair works for both Whitby Group Practice, and Sleights and Sandsend Medical Practice. This is a new post, part of NHS England's Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Programme, which will develop and grow over the coming months and help us address different aspects of patients' need. 

Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals, having completed a four-year university degree and worked for a year under supervision. 

Practice Nursing Team 

Senior Practice Nurse: Mell Dunwell
7 Practice Nurses (RNs)
2 Research Nurses (RNs)
1 Clinical Support Worker

6 Healthcare Assistants (HCAs)


Our team of Practice Nurses and Healthcare Assistants are available from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday. Later appointments can be arranged for certain clinics  and through Better Access; please ask one of our receptionists.

Practice Nurse Run Clinics are run by appointment in the nurse consulting rooms as follows:

  • Diabetic Clinic
  • Asthma Clinic 
  • COPD Clinic
  • Hypertension Clinic
  • Coronary Heart Disease Clinic
  • Treatment Monitoring Clinic 
  • Cervical Smear Clinic 
  • Cryotherapy Clinic 
  • Family Planning Clinic including insertion & removal of subcutaneous contraception and coils.
  • Immunisation Clinic 
  • Foreign Travel Advice and Immunisation 
  • Leg Ulcer Treatment Clinic 
  • Stroke Clinic
  • Sexual Health Clinic - Chlamydia Screening, Condom Distribution & Contraception Advice

Our Healthcare Team also offer

  • New Patient Health Checks
  • NHS health checks on patients aged 40-70 with no pre-existing conditions
  • Smoking cessation advice
  • Advice about healthy eating
  • Weight management
  • Drug monitoring

We also have an Outreach Service, and a Research Team.

District Nurses and Health Visitors are attached to the Practice.

Midwives are accessible through Whitby Community Hospital.


GP Registrars and students

This is a training practice. Fully qualified doctors training for a career in general practice are attached to the practice for periods of 6 months.

You may be offered an appointment with the GP registrar should your own doctor not be available. Please treat them as one of us.

Medical students also visit the Practice. We are training partners with the Hull York Medical School and Imperial College, London. If students are present with your doctor you would be informed of this prior to your appointment. Please accept their sitting in on your consultation. If you are not happy with this please inform the receptionist.

Occasionally you may be asked whether you would mind your consultation with the doctor being video taped. This is done solely for the purposes of educating doctors and would only be done with your written consent. The tape is only seen by doctors and is erased as soon as the educational activity has been done. If you change your mind after a consultation the tape would be erased immediately. We are very grateful for our patients co-operating with this activity.

Our Non Clinical Team

Whitby Group Practice employs management and support staff to ensure the smooth running of the Practice.  Staffing covers both sites, Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay, with many of the team working part time, achieving a great work life balance.

Practice Manager:       Alison Williams

Head of Operations:    Ness Dixon
Head of HR, Premises & Patient Liaison: Vikki Royal
Head of Finance:        Mark Wakefield

5 Receptionists
4 Medical Secretaries
3 Records Clerks
1 Research Administrator
1 Summariser

1 Senior Dispenser
5 Dispensers

6 Housekeeping staff