Our Staff

Doctors

DR SHELAGH NAISMITH

MB ChB

Dr Naismith graduated in 1988 from Glasgow University and worked in various specialties in Scotland and England before joining the practice. Her particular interests include Family Planning and psycho sexual medicine.

DR A C YOUNG

MB ChB; BOA; DRCOG; MRCGP.

Dr Young graduated from Cork University in 1989. She has been a partner with the practice since 1996. Her special interest includes Psychiatry, working as a Clinical Assistant in Psychiatry at Bishop Auckland and is the joint Lead in Mental Health for Darlington Commissioning Cluster Group. Dr Young also leads the practice in the implementation of computing and IT procedures and the development of staff skills in Information Technology. When not working she enjoys playing league squash, hill walking, music and literature.

DR JOHN JEWITT

MBBS DRCOG MRCGP

Dr Jewitt graduated from Newcastle University in 1993. He has worked as a GP in County Durham since 1997 before joining Denmark Street Practice in March 2002. He is also a GP Registrar trainer and a Training Programme Director for the Tees Valley Vocational Training Scheme. In his spare time, Dr Jewitt enjoys mountain biking, skiing and family life.

DR CLAIRE JONES

MB ChB MRCP MRCGP

Dr Jones has overall responsibility for the financial management of the practice and works part time (two days a week). Dr Jones performs minor surgery within the Practice and has a clinical interest in diabetes. In her spare time she enjoys family life with her two children.

DR KATE HOLTERMAN

Dundee 1998 BMSc MB ChB DFFP DRCOG MRCGP

Graduated from Dundee University in 1998, having also completed an degree in Forensic Medicine. After a year of working in Scotland, Dr Holterman worked in Australia for a further year and then 6 months in Chile as a volunteer medic with Raleigh International, before arriving to this area. Dr Holterman has an interest in Dermatology, and works at James Cook University Hospital one afternoon a week and is also a GP Trainer in the Practice.

DR JAMES NEVISON

MB ChB (Aberdeen)

He represents the Practice on the Darlington Commissioning Cluster Group and in his spare time is taken up with his family, the occasional game of squash and watching Middlesbrough Football Club. Graduated from Aberdeen University in 2000 and has worked in various posts in Inverness , Middlesbrough and Stockton before completing his GP training. His interests include minor surgery and is a GP Trainer.

DR DANIEL PALMER

BSc MB Chb MRNZCGP MRCGP

Dr Palmer graduated from Manchester University in 2005 after completing the St Andrew’s-Manchester medical degree. He worked in various posts in North Tees and Hartlepool before moving to New Zealand in 2007 and qualified as a GP. Following his return to the UK in 2009 Dr Palmer commenced the UK GP training programme, completing this in 2012. Dr Palmer is also a GP trainer. His particular interest is in sports medicine, doing some work with local football clubs. In his spare time he enjoys keeping fit and has a busy family life with his 2 young children.

DR BEVERLEY HAMMILL

BSc MBBS DRCOG DCH DFSRH MRCGP

Dr Hammill graduated from Newcastle University in 2007, having previously completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences. She joined the practice in 2011 as a Registrar, and stayed with us as a Partner following completion of her GP Training. Dr Hammill works part time alongside Dr Jones. Her particular interests are child health and family planning. In her spare time Dr Hammill loves spending time with her family and 2 crazy dogs!

DR JOSEPHINE GRAYSON

MBBS MRCGP

Dr Grayson graduated from Newcastle University in 2012. She worked in various posts in Stockton and Darlington before joining the practice as a registrar in 2016. Following completion of her GP training in she joined us as a partner. In her spare time Dr Grayson enjoys spending time with her family and friends, keeping fit, skiing, gardening and cooking.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses who have acquired the formal education, extended knowledge base and clinical skills beyond the registered nurse level to practice in an advanced role. A Nurse Practitioner can examine a patient and establish a medical diagnosis by client history, physical examination, and prescribe treatment.

JANE PRATT

Practice Nurses

• Our current Practice Nursing team Karen, Denise, Sue, Lynsey, Nadia and Susan offer appointments for blood pressure checks and reviews, chronic disease management in diabetes, asthma, COPD, family planning advice, ear syringe, dressings and help our doctors in the provision of minor operations and contraceptive fittings.

Health Care Assistants

Debbie, Lisa and Grace provide a daily phlebotomy service and also ECG's, stitch removal, and many other essential services to patients. We also provide a travel health advice service to patients travelling abroad.

Practice Management

CHERRIE HIRST

Practice Business Manager

Cherrie 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. The Practice Business Manager is involved in managing all the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology.

Reception/Administration

• Our administration staff will arrange appointments either by phone or face to face, order repeat prescriptions and help with any queries.

Medical Secretaries

• The secretaries deal with all hospital communications, including hospital referrals, daily correspondence and any related queries.

Counsellors

Provided by Insight Counselling Services - the service offers an opportunity to share and explore problems, in confidence, with an understanding and trained Counsellor. The aim is to work towards helping you to find your own answers to your problems. Your GP can refer you to this service.

District Nurses

District Nurses are responsible for care in the home including care of the terminally ill and patients with chronic diseases, dressings, removal of sutures, ear syringing, catheter care and any other nursing duties. Visits can be arranged through your GP.

Health Visitors

All families with a child under five in Darlington have access to a Growing Healthy 0-5 Team consisting of health visitors, early years practitioners and infant feeding specialists. Health Visitors offer advice related to family health and promote health education. They carry out routine developmental checks and hearing tests for babies and young children and discuss with parents any aspect of growth, feeding, sleeping and behaviour in the young. They can be seen at one of the local Children's Centres and can be contacted via the Foundation Trust on 03000 263538. Please note the Health Visitors are no longer responsible for the immunisation of your baby/child. Please contact the surgery for further information on this.

Midwives

A Midwife is available for routine checks at the surgery on Wednesday and Thursdays from 10.00pm - 5.00pm. Please telephone to arrange an appointment.