Our Staff

Doctors

DR AMRIT RYATT

Partner - BSc. MB ChB (Manchester), MRCGP

Dr Ryatt qualified from the University of Manchester in 2002 and completed her GP training in the summer of 2009, after having spent 4 years on the psychiatric training rotation in Greater Manchester.This has resulted in her showing a special interest in mental health. Dr Ryatt has completed the theory training from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and hopes to complete her training to fit contraceptive implants and coils soon. She was previously recruited to the BBC expert women’s programme and as such has appeared on various BBC shows e.g. BBC Breakfast and several radio programmes. She is the Clinical Director for our Primary Care Network.

DR SHEEJA NAIR

MBCHB BSc

Dr Nair is one of our salaried doctors. She studied in India and graduated from Nagpur University in 1994, then went on to join the surgery in 2010. Dr.Nair fits the subcutaneous contraceptive implement. She has completed a diploma of the faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, allowing her to fit the subcutaneous implants. She is also involved in the supervision of FY2 training doctors.

DR ZAAKIRA MAHOMED

MBCHB MRCGP

Dr Mahomed is one of our salaried doctors. She qualified at Leeds University in 2010. She has completed a Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, allowing her to fit coils (DFSRH & LocIUT). She is involved in medical education and will complete her training to become a GP Trainer in 2021. Update May 2021 - Dr Mahommed is currently on maternity leave and her anticipated return to work is May 2022. I am sure that you will join us in sending our best wishes.

DR SUJIVA SUNTHARALINGAM

BM. MRCGP

Dr Sujiva Suntharalingam (Salaried doctor) graduated from the University of Southampton and did her foundation training in North East London. She completed her GP training in Lancashire and has an interest in respiratory medicine. Dr Suntharalingam has completed training to carry out steroid injections and is also now training to carry out minor surgery.

DR EMMA WOODS

MBChB, MRCGP

Dr Woods joined us in August 2020 as a newly qualified GP after completing her training with the practice. She qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2015 and undertook her GP training in Lancashire. She has an interest in sexual health and minor surgery and hopes to undertake further training to enable her to undertake a role in these areas in the future.

DR AMJAD KAPADI

Nurse Practitioners

JENNY WILLIAMS

Senior Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Jenny can see and treat patients in a very similar way to a GP, she can examine you and prescribe medication. Appointments can be made with Jenny as you would with a GP. Jenny qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1994 where she trained at Manchester Royal School of Nursing and Midwifery. Since then she has gained an MSc in clinical Practice and now works as an Advanced Nurse Practioner. She has a special interest in musculoskeletal problems and injuries.

JEAN MORRIS

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Jean qualified from Nottingham University in 1997 and has worked at Sandy Lane for the past 17 years originally as a Practice Nurse, with extensive experience in chronic disease management and diabetes. In August 2019 Jean completed her master’s degree to become an advanced nurse practitioner. Jean is an independent prescriber and can see and treat many of the same conditions that a doctor can and can see children over 6 months of age. Jean also works twice a month at the Leyland diabetic Hub seeing complex diabetic patients from within the Leyland area.

KERRY BYRNE

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Kerry joined us in 2017, she sees patients in a similar way to a doctor. She is currently training to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) She qualified from Salford University in May 2000 and has worked in emergency departments and walk in centres. Kerry is a nurse Prescriber and has qualifications in clinical examination and assessment of minor injuries and illness. She is currently employed as a nurse practitioner for on the day urgent appointments for minor ailments only. This is the case on Monday , Wednesday and Thursday. However as she is currently training, for 2 afternoons a week - Wednesday and Thursday, she will be seeing patients on a more routine basis, with ongoing problems, in the capacity of a trainee ANP and under supervision of the GP or existing ANP.

Nurses

TRACEY RODRIGUEZ

Tracey qualified in 1985 and has been working as a Practice Nurse for the past 27 years. She has qualifications in asthma, COPD, diabetes and a diploma in sexual and reproductive health.

KAREN SLATER

Karen qualified in 1995 and has worked as a practice nurse for the past 12 years. Karen has qualifications in Coronary Heart Disease, Asthma/COPD, Diabetes and Women's Health.

LOUISE MARTIN

Louise qualified as a nurse in 2009 and worked as an acute neurosurgical nurse for 8 years before becoming a practice nurse. She joined Sandy Lane in 2018. She is qualified in cervical cytology and immunisation and is currently working towards qualifications in the management of long term conditions.

LAUNA HENRY

Launa qualified from the University of Central Lancashire in 2011 and joined Sandy Lane in 2018, she previously worked on the coronary care unit for 7 years caring for patients with cardio vascular disease. Launa is passionate about educating and supporting people to manage chronic health conditions.

KATIE HOLMES

Katie qualified as an Adult Nurse in 2008. Since qualifying she has worked on an acute medical elderly ward and an intensive developmental therapy unit. After a short sabbatical she then undertook a number of courses for counselling skills to extend her knowledge. She began working at GP practices as a HCA in 2014 and gained the position at Sandy Lane Surgery in 2018. She has recently completed a return to nursing course and has joined the nursing team. She will be undertaking further training to develop her general practice nursing skills.

Healthcare Assistants

COLLEEN CLITHEROE

Colleen has worked as a Healthcare Assistant since 2017.

JULIE NEWTON

Julie has worked in Healthcare for over 25 years and has gained a lot of experience as a HCA in general practice and secondary care. She is always looking to further her knowledge and skills and attend all courses and study available. Julie is interested in a healthy lifestyle and keep myself fit and healthy by running, walking and cycling.

Practice Management

JANE BALCHIN

Practice Manager

Jane has worked at the practice since 1988. She has previously been involved in fundholding and was Deputy Practice Manager for a number of years. From 2010 - 2013 Jane was acting Practice Manager before officially accepting the Practice Manager role in 2013.

DEBBIE SANDS

Deputy Practice Manager

Debbie has worked for the practice since 1990. She had previously involved in fund holding and was Office Manager for 5 years. Debbie was acting Deputy Practice Manager from 2010 - 2013 before officially accepting the role in 2013, she is also IG Management Lead and Data Quality Lead.

ALISON KEMP

Assistant to the Management Team & Patient Support Lead

Alison first started here as a receptionist many years ago and has worked her way up to her current position. She now assists the management team on a daily basis and deals with any patient related problems.

CAROL MERCER

Office Supervisor

Carol Joined Sandy Lane Surgery in November 2018 as our Office Supervisor. Carol oversees the reception area and staff.

SUSAN GOOD

Deputy Office Supervisor

Sue joined the practice in 2010 as a medical receptionist. She was appointed to the role of Deputy Office Supervisor in 2018 and works closely with Carol to oversee the reception team.

Administration

REBECCA ASHCROFT

NICOLE CROSSTHWAITE

Medicine co-ordinator. Administrator. Cancer Champion

NICKY GUTTRIDGE

Summariser and cancer Champion/Administrator

Reception

The reception team are the first point of contact at the practice, whether you call in or contact us by telephone. They support the clinicians and are able to answer many of the queries you may have. They are fully trained in being able to signpost you to the right person for help and to keep all information confidential. When booking an appointment please tell them a little about why you need to see a Doctor so they can book you in with the right person. All practice staff are bound by the same strict rules of confidentiality as the doctors. If you wish to discuss matters in private please tell the receptionist.

LOUISE WORDEN

KELLY KILPONEN

Patient Services Lead

Kelly has considerable customer service/ complaints experience and the first point of contact for patient concerns or complaints within the surgery.

SHARON EATON

Secretaries

WENDY DUNCAN

SARAH CONLAN

Pharmacists

SALMAN YUSUF

MRPharms

Salman is our Clinical Pharmacist. Salman graduated from University of Central Lancashire in 2013 and then spent a number of years working in community pharmacy. Since 2018 Salman has been working in a primary care and joined Sandy Lane in 2019 after qualifying as Independent prescriber. Salman now sees patients for diabetes reviews and medication reviews.

Community Midwives

The surgery has a skilled team of community midwives. Clinics are held each week at the surgery offering antenatal care. Post natal care is also available in surgery.

Community Nurses

The community nursing team delivers skilled nursing care in people’s homes. They are in contact with the GPs and come into surgery on a regular basis. Their direct telephone is 01772 644669. There is an answer phone to leave messages if they are not available when you ring.

Health Visitors

The health visitors are part of the community health services and are all qualified nurses with special training and experience in child health. They are in regular contact with the GPs and come into surgery regularly.