THE VALLEY SURGERY
Dr Tony Avery DM, FRCGP, BMedSci, DCH, DGM (male)
Qualified from Sheffield University in 1986 and joined the practice in 1992. He is the research lead for the whole practice and patient safety lead at the Valley Surgery. He does joint injections and injections for carpal tunnel syndrome. He is a professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham, and this involves him in teaching medical students and research. His research interests are in prescribing and patient safety.
Dr Avery sees patients on Mondays.
Dr Amanda Gunther BM BS BMedSci, DRCOG, DFFP, MRCGP (female)
Qualified from Nottingham University Medical School in 1993. She joined the practice as a partner in 2002 having previously worked as a doctor both in this country and overseas. She tutors medical students within the practice and has a special interest in joint injections and also does contraceptive implants and is our Safeguarding lead.
Dr Gunther sees patients on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Dr Jim Threlfall BM BS BMedSci, MRCS, DRCOG, MRCGP (male)
Qualified from Nottingham University Medical School in 1997. He joined the practice in 2005 as a partner. His clinical interests include musculo-
Dr Threlfall sees patients on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Dr Kate Hodson MBchB, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, PGCME (female)
Qualified from Sheffield in 2006. Joined the practice in 2013 as a partner, having previously worked at both the Valley and Chilwell Meadows as a trainee and locum. Her clinical interests include Child health and Palliative care.
Dr Hodson sees patients on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Dr Tim Heywood MBBS MRCGP (male)
Qualified from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1995. He joined the Valley Surgery in 2016 having worked at our sister site, Chilwell Meadows Surgery for 5 years. He is currently Clinical Director of Nottingham West Primary Care Network. His interests include cancer care and information technology.
Dr Heywood sees patients on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Dr Natalie Chersich MB Bch, MA Medical Humanities (female)
Qualified from University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1996. She joined the practice in 2016 as a partner and her clinical interests include gynaecology and respiratory medicine. She is also the practice Carer Lead.
Dr Chersich sees patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Dr Nicola Egan BM BS BMedSci DCH MRCGP (female)
Qualified from Nottingham University Medical School in 2011. Joined the practice as a partner August 2016 having completed GP training in Reading and Newbury. Her clinical interests include all areas of general practice.
Dr Egan sees patients on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Dr Sonal Nicum MBChB, BMedSci, MRCGP, Msc (female)
Qualified from Birmingham University in 2006. She completed her GP training in Birmingham, West Midlands and has recently moved to Nottingham. She is the practice’s Infection Control lead.
Dr Nicum sees patients on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Dr Dennis Chan MBBS, MRCGP (male)
Qualified from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2009. He completed his GP training in Burton on Trent, West Midlands where he was also a full time GP for 4 years. He is involved with the mentoring and supervision of doctors who are training to become GPs. He is the Practice lead for Diabetes.
Dr Chan sees patients on Fridays.
Our practice nurses are Helen Collier, Jill Cheetham, Sharon McTaggart and Lucy Morton. They offer a wide range of services including health advice, respiratory and diabetic checks, blood pressure and coronary heart disease monitoring, family planning and cervical smears, childhood immunisations as well as other nursing tasks such as dressings. Appointments to see them can be made at reception. We need to know the reason for the appointment so we can give them the appropriate length of time they need.
Sulvinder Samra, MPharm
Sulvinder is our clinical pharmacist and is based within the practice. Her role is to help manage long term conditions, reviewing medicines and helping understand medication when discharged from hospital. She can help with any questions about medicines either face to face or over the phone. Book an appointment with her by calling reception.
Aiysha Raoof, MPharm, PG Cert., MRPharmS, MAPCPharm
Aiysha is Clinical Pharmacist for the Nottingham West PCN. She qualified from The University of Nottingham, School of Pharmacy in 2018. She joined the Nottingham West PCN in 2020 providing cover to Chilwell Meadows and Valley Surgery. Aiysha manages patients with long term conditions particularly polypharmacy reviews, patients on 10+ medicines. She supports the practice in reviewing medicines, dealing with medication queries, discharges and specialist services. She also looks after our care home patients and is part of the Enhanced Health in Care Homes service for the PCN.
Michelle Stone is our Healthcare Assistant. She is trained to carry out dressings and well being health checks, take blood pressures, give flu vaccinations and take blood for blood tests.
First Contact Physiotherapists
We have two First Contact Physiotherapists: Muhammad Ismail and Sean Massey. Both are experienced physiotherapists with the advanced skills necessary to assess, diagnose and recommend appropriate treatment or referral for musculoskeletal (MSK) problems on a patient’s first contact with healthcare services. Please book an appointment with them by calling Reception.
They see patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Linda is responsible for the administration of the practice and is happy to discuss queries, comments and suggestions regarding the day-
Quality Development and Information Systems Manager
Ed helps us manage improvements in our communication systems and information technology, including maintaining the practice website. Ed is very experienced in medical IT and practice management.
Lynne is our Office Manager and she is helped by Andrea, Diane, Lesley, Wendy, Sarah, Helen, Helen, Jo and Donna. They will deal with your queries and appointment requests. They may ask you a few details in order to work out how best to help you but they are bound by the same levels of confidentiality as the doctors.
The Practice secretaries Mel, Sonia and Rachel will liaise with hospitals for us. One of them is here every day. If you have issues with your liaison with hospitals please speak to them directly.
Appointments can be made at reception for blood tests with our phlebotomists.
We have a team of experienced district nurses who are based at Stapleford Care Centre. They offer a wide variety of services to the housebound and those recently discharged from hospital. This includes care of the young people with disabilities, wound care, injections and advanced and palliative care. They can be contacted by phoning Monday -
Healthy Family team
The Healthy Family team primary role is to support families with children and young adults aged 0 to 19 years and to promote child health within the wider population. They can be contacted for advice or for a home visit by leaving a message at Dovecote House where they are based on 0115 8835500.
The Community Midwife team is involved in the care of all mothers before and after the birth of their child. They are available for any queries or concerns at Dovecote House on 0115 8835500. For the emergency midwife call 07967204126 (9am-
Teaching and training
To help with the education of future doctors we are linked to Nottingham University Medical School. We therefore may have medical students in the surgery from time to time. You will be informed when you book an appointment, or on arrival if this is the case. If you do not wish to have the student present during your consultation please let reception or the doctor know.
We are also a University hub practice and students come from other practices for teaching at our practice in our health education room. You will always be asked if you are happy to see a student or a student may sit in observing the consultation. Students are expected to behave in the same professional way as doctors and have the same understanding of confidentiality as we do.
We also have fully qualified doctors working with us for periods of between 4 and 12 months so that they gain experience in general practice. These enthusiastic, well trained and supervised doctors bring many benefits to the team and patients alike. Occasionally a consultation may be recorded on video, but only with the patient’s permission. These recordings are strictly confidential, seen only by doctors involved in training, and are erased afterwards.
© Chilwell Valley and Meadows Practice
The Valley Surgery
81 Bramcote Lane
Nottingham NG9 4ET
We are now registered as a Park Run Practice. Information on our local weekly events and how to register can be found on the website below. We hope to see you there taking part! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/beeston/
General Data Protection Regulations 2018 Privacy Notice for patients.
These new regulations come into force on 25 May 2018 and it is important that all patients are made aware of them. Further information can be viewed here or you can ask at reception for a copy of this Data Protection Privacy Notice.
Chilwell Walk & Talk Group
Would you like to get out and about in the fresh air with a small group of like-
All walks will be in the local area such as Highfields Park, King George's Park, Attenborough Nature Reserve, Bramcote Park, Wollaton Park.
Contact Paul on 07516261108 for details
Chilwell Meadows Surgery
Nottingham NG9 6DX