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Welcome to our Practice 


How to book an appointment with your doctor from Mon 6th NOVEMBER 2017

From Monday 6th November, we will be improving our appointments system and how you book an appointment to see your GP.



Dr Nigel Gough (m)

drgough.jpgDr Gough, our Senior Partner, qualified in 1977 and received further medical training at St Thomas’s, London, Oxford and Southampton, initially specialising in cardiology. Missing the bits above and below the chest, he moved to general practice and also has interests in training GPs and occupational and sports medicine.

Dr Gough is a keen classical musician, as well as enjoying a wide range of outdoor sports.

Dr James Heffer (m)


Dr Heffer qualified in Oxford in 1982 and trained for general practice in Winchester.

His medical interests include diseases of the nervous system and the relationship between people’s work and health.

Dr Janice Patrick (f)
drpatrick.jpgDr Patrick qualified in Newcastle in 1988 and migrated south after completing her general practice training in North Yorkshire. Her special interests include respiratory disease and Medicines Management.

Outside work Dr Patrick enjoys playing tennis, all kinds of music (except jazz!) and has a keen interest in natural history.
Dr Nell Wyatt (f)

drnellwyatt.jpgHaving trained as a nurse at St Thomas’s Dr Wyatt subsequently qualified as a doctor in London in 1992. She has worked extensively abroad, including treating patients with wart hog injuries in rural Tanzania. Dr Wyatt joined the practice in 1997 and has several areas of special interest, including diabetes, coronary heart disease, paediatrics and obstetrics. To relax she loves anything to do with the sea, gardening and the ballet or opera and has a lifetime aim to climb (or at least see from afar) Everest.

Dr Louise Paterson (f)

Dr Paterson worked in London, Brighton and Paris after qualifying in 1993. Her special interests include Ear, Nose and Throat and Women’s Medicine.

As well as being a mother, Dr Paterson enjoys music and outdoor sports.



Dr Andrew Chisnall (m)

DrChisnall.jpgAfter qualifying in London in 1986, Dr Chisnall worked in Essex, Canada and on the Isle of Wight. He also spent four years as a ships’ surgeon and was a forensic medical examiner in Bishops Stortford.

He joined the practice in 2002 and lives in Winsley with his wife and three children. His areas of special interest are rheumatology and paediatrics and to relax Dr Chisnall enjoys barbershop singing.

Dr Paul Crocker (m)

DrCrocker.jpgDr Crocker initially qualified from Charing Cross hospital London in 1979 and undertook GP training in Reading.Having experienced several types of general practice he also explored hospice medicine before settling in this area some 15y ago.His medical interests include paediatrics,dermatology,palliative care and minor surgery as well as GP training.

Outside activities include photography and travel - from Grizzly spotting in the Rockies to cycling the canalsides of Amsterdam !

Dr Kate Parker (f)

drparker.jpgDr Kate Parker was born, raised and trained as a GP in Belgium, before settling in Wiltshire ten years ago with her British husband with whom she has a young daughter. In Belgium she ran her own single-handed practice for seven years, giving her a wide experience in all aspects of general practice.

Dr Parker relaxes by spending time with family and friends, and enjoys reading, camping trips, walking and picnics. She loves almost everything about life in the UK,except a cup of tea. At present Dr Parker spends most of her time at St Damian's surgery in Melksham.

Dr Clive Smith (m)


Dr. Smith qualified in 2007 from the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London. This was after a previous incarnation as a Postdoctoral research scientist at Imperial College London specialising in Arthritis and Cancer research.

Since qualification, he has spent time working in Bath and Swindon before completing GP training in the Wiltshire area.

In addition to having a young family in Bristol, Dr Smith enjoys Beekeeping in the Somerset area, and is a keen member of the Bath Beekeeping Association.

Dr Zoe Davis (f)

Dr_Zoe_Davis.JPGDr Davis qualified in London in 1998 from Imperial College and completed her General practice training in Bristol in 2003 where she continued to work up until joining The practice.

Her professional interests include women's health, sexual health and palliative care having worked in hospice medicine.

Outside of work, Dr Davis is kept busy with two small children and enjoys time with family and friends, walking and trips away. She enjoys light opera and hopes when time allows to join an amateur society.


Dr Adibah Burch (f)

Dr Burch is originally from Malaysia and qualified from Cardiff University in 2000.

Before moving to Bath to be with her husband she was a partner in a surgery in Wales for nearly five years. Prior to that, Dr Burch did hospital training in medicine and anaesthetics and was a repatriation medical officer for two years, during which she travelled extensively around the world. Dr Burch is still working as a Lead GP in Newport, South Wales for one day a week.

Dr Burch has special interests in Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, nutrition (nutrigenomics) and weight management. Her other interests include epigenetics, personal development and human behaviour and how these issues influence health and wellbeing. As well as travelling she enjoys cooking, experimenting with probiotic food and pilates."


Dr Rebecca Salmon (f)

Dr Salmon qualified from Nottingham University in 2005.  She then completed hospital jobs at The Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and The Great Western Hospital, Swindon. 

Having grown up in Wiltshire she returned to complete her General Practice training in Wiltshire.  She has also enjoyed working in New Zealand and at the Olympics in London in 2012.     

Her special interests include Paediatrics, Women’s Health, Palliative Care and Occupational Medicine.  



As a practice we try to use locum doctors only when absolutely necessary – for example, to allow our GPs to be involved with major development work at the Primary Care Trust. We also try to use the same locums wherever possible to assist with continuity of care. They are a much needed and welcome part of our team.

Dr Sarah Yates (f)

Dr Sarah Yates initially qualified as a Doctor at Southampton Medical School in 1997 and completed her G.P training in 2002 in Bath. Her husband is a Child Psychiatrist and she moved back to Surrey after this year, for him to complete his training. Then worked as a salaried G.P at a practice near Gatwick Airport for about 14 years. In that time she had 4 children. Her husband has recently started working locally, so she moved back to the area with her family.

Her areas of interest include women's health, psychiatry, and elderly medicine.

In her leisure time she enjoy spending time with her family, walking and music, particularly singing.

Dr Michael Gumbley (m)

Joined the Practice in April as a locum while Doctor Chisnal is away from Surgery.

Trained at St Thomas' Hospital London, he obtained a BSc in Anatomy in 1981 and qualified MBBS in 1984. Various posts in hospitals south of the M4 culminated in further qualifications of DCH, DRCOG and MRCGP, and eventually starting in practice in Westbury in 1991. Since that time, he has held posts in Cardiology at Royal United Hospital Bath, has obtained an MSc in Prescribing Sciences from Liverpool University in 2001 and is currently an Associate Member of the GMC, sitting on their Fitness to practice panels.



Dr Paul Thorne (m)

more information to follow

Dr Caroline Botley (f)

more information to follow

Dr Brian Devlin (m)

Dr Devlin qualified in his home town of Glasgow in 2001 and completed GP training there in 2008, after a spell working in Australia. He then completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene, which was put to good use working in a village health clinic in Ghana for 6 months. 

After several years based between a practice in Hackney and a specialist addictions clinic in Islington, he is very happy to have moved to Somerset earlier this year with his wife and 2 young children. His years spent abroad and south of the border have softened his Glaswegian accent enough for it to be intelligible to most people nowadays.

Favourite non-work activities include time with friends and family, 5-a-side football, films, travel and photography.





Dr Tom Salter (m)

Dr Salter recently moved with his family from Leamington Spa in Warwickshire having completed his MBChB at Warwick Medical School in 2012 and his GP training in the West Midlands. He previously lived and studied in London where he received his honours degree in biochemistry. Previous roles and professional areas of interest include elderly care medicine and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT).


Dr Salter was involved in many team sports whilst at studying in London and Warwick and now enjoys playing football socially and running. He completed the Snowdonia Marathon and more recently the Wolf Run 10k obstacle course run. He loves spending time with his wife and 15 month old son and is looking forward to exploring the Wiltshire and Somerset countryside with them.



As a GP training practice we are required to maintain high standards of care in order to train junior doctors (registrars).

The registrars are qualified doctors who, having chosen general practice as their career, receive relevant postgraduate training in hospital specialities and then spend time at our practice in order to hone their skills further.

Registrars are supervised by us throughout the 3 year training period and are attached to the practice for 4 to 18 months depending on the stage of their training. 

The aim of the training programme is to produce doctors who, on completion, will be able to provide personal and continuing GP care to individuals and families in the community. They will also have the management and administrative skills relative to primary care and have been able to audit and reflect on their work with a view to improving performance.

Drs Gough, Crocker, Chisnall and Patrick are the training GPs at the surgery.  Since providing training throughout the practice we have maintained consistently high scores for the specialist examinations that the registrars take. Many of our registrars have continued to work as assistants across the practice.

For training purposes it is sometimes necessary to video patients' consultations. This will only be done with your consent and personal physical examinations will not be recorded. The camera can be switched off on request and any recording deleted.

We have a wide range of experience in GP training and trust we share our enthusiasm and inspire a similar high standard of care in the registrars.

Should you have any concern please contact one of the training partners or our practice manager. Any general feedback is also gratefully received via our feedback form

Dr Bronte Vidni (f)

Dr Bronte Vidni

Dr Rebecca Atkinson (f)

Dr Rebecca Atkinson

Dr Fiona Simpson (f)

Dr Fiona Simpson (ST2) 

The Practice would like to introduce Dr Fiona Simpson (ST2) to the surgery.  Dr Fiona Simpson will be mentored by Dr Paterson and will be with us for 6 months – leaving Tuesday 6th February.

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