Rectory Lane,
Guisborough, Cleveland,
TS14 7DJ

Healthcare Team


Dr Patrick N Gordon

MBBS Newcastle 1992, MRCP 1996, MRCGP 2000, DCH 1999
Completed Cleveland GP training scheme in 1999 following General Medical postgraduate training in South Tees Hospitals. Particular areas of interest include musculoskeletal problems, child health and child protection and teaching of medical students.

Dr Allison Armitage

Having qualified in Newcastle in 1988, I did all my hospital and GP training in Airedale, West Yorkshire. I then returned to the North East to be a GP partner in 1993.

I am very much a generalist and believe in the holistic approach of treating the person as a whole and not just the disease. I enjoy giving personalised care to individuals and their families over a long period of time.

Dr Teik Goh

Dr Goh joined the partnership at  The Garth Surgery  in March 2011.

MBBS 2003, MSc DIC Health Management 2004, MRCGP 2009, DCH 2008, DFRSH 2009, DGM 2009 Completed Northumbria GP Training scheme in 2009. Special interests in care of elderly, research, and health managment. Board member and First Lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) North of England Faculty

Dr Fiona McHardy

Trained in Leeds and qualified in 2001. Completed Leeds GP training scheme in 2005. Special interests in women's health and contraception and fits contracetive coils and implants. GP trainer supervising doctors doing GP specialist training, and GP tutor and appraiser.

Dr Catriona Speight

Having qualified from Newcastle in 2000, I worked for a year in Australia before completing my GP training in Leeds. I moved back to the North East in 2013. My areas of interest include sexual health, family planning including fitting coils and implants, women's health and breastfeeding support.

Dr Irene Redolat Castella

LMS U Barcelona 2000
Qualified as GP in 2004 (Castellon)
Diploma in Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare 2005 
Post Graduate Diploma in cardiovascular medicine for general practice. Distinction (Sheffield Hallam 2006 to 2009)
Diploma in Palliative Care for general practitioners 2009
Post Graduate Certificate on Electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation in 2012. Teeside University

Dr Eleanor Sutherland

MBChB with honors Liverpool Medical School 2005
MRCGP 2010
Diploma in Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare 2010
Diploma in Palliative Care 2014
GP Trainer 2018

After completing my medical degree and initial training in the North West, I did my GP Training in the Scarborough area before moving back to the local area. Special interests; teaching and training, women's health and paediatrics.

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Training Practice

This practice trains junior doctors. They are fully qualified and have already done training in hospitals. You can expect them to provide a full range of GP services. If they are not certain about what to do they will ask more senior colleagues for advice.

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Nursing Team

Nurse Practitioners

Christine Drury
I qualified in 1983. I worked in oncology for 3 years prior to training to be a midwife. I left midwifery in 1990 to work in general practice where I have worked ever since. I worked the first 9 years as a practice nurse prior to gaining my nurse practitioner degree, clinical skills, and  nurse prescribing. I have gained diplomas in asthma and diabetes. I joined the garth surgery in Febuary 2013.

Rosie Watts
I qualified as Nurse in 2004 after completing my training in Leeds.  My first role was working in acute medicine and surgical admissions. I then developed an interest in Respiratory care so undertook extra qualifications to assess treat in field. I then began working as a Respiratory Specialist Nurse gaining prescribing qualifications. My areas of specialist interest are in Asthma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Oxygen therapy. I then obtained qualifications as a Nurse practitioner and worked as Community Matron specialising in long term health conditions and palliative care. I came to the Garth surgery in 2019.

Caroline Walker

Examples of the services provided by our Nurse Practitioner.

Practice Nurses

Sarah Postgate
Qualified at University College Hospital, London in 1986. Qualified as a Midwife at James Cook University Hospital in 1990. Worked in Elderly Care and on Chaloner Minor injuries Department for 6 years before joining the Garth in September 2004.

Linda Taylor
15 years based at James Cook University Hospital, 4 and a half years working within community hospital, 3 and a half years working in occupational health department for a local large construction and industrial company.

Alison Rye
Qualified in adult nursing in 2006 at Teesside University. After qualifying my first job was at James Cook University Hospital as a staff nurse in the Accident & Emergency department. I then gained some experience in midwifery before joining the Garth in 2009 as a practice nurse.

Examples of the conditions which our nurses can treat or give advice upon.

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

Debbie Wallace
I have worked at Poole Hospital, Stockton Lodge Nursing Home, Elmridge Nursing Home, and Moorlands Nursing Home, before joining the Garth Surgery.

Joanne Butterfield
I have over 20 years experience of working in the care sector. Working for 16 years in a Care Home in Brotton then I worked for a Domicillary Care Company. I started at the Garth Surgery in November 2007.

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Community Team

Community Midwive

Helen Whitney

Community Nurses

Sarah Mallett
Jane Binks

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Nurse

Debbie Blair


Pauline Barwick. Practice Counsellor

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Practice Management

Practice Manager

Carol Jackson

Carol joined the practice in 1987 as a receptionist and became Practice Manager in 2006.

Carol is responsible for the smooth running and organisation of the practice, and is committed to providing a high quality service and any observations, comments or suggestions about the practice would be welcome.

Deputy Practice Manager

Sharon Appleyard
Sharon began working at the practice in July 1998 as a receptionist after completing an Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Administrators and Receptionists (AMSPAR) diploma at college.

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Administration and Reception


Michele Martin
Michele lives in Guisborough and joined the practice in 1993 as a receptionist. Some years later she became the practice secretary and is happy to help with any referral queries you may have.


Stephen Wildman
Information Technology Clerk


Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with financial claims, dealing with patient records and carrying out searches and practice audits.

Kelsey Roffe. Head Receptionist

Lisa Elderfield, Moira Shields, Victoria Wall, Callum Jones, Adele Cotterill, Elaine Gilding, Deborah Thompson, Jenifer Bowes, Jayne Tilley, Sinead Courtney and Tracy Wheatman.