We are fortunate enough to have a large team of doctors working at the practice. All GPs are skilled to treat acute (short duration, in need of urgent care) and chronic (long-term) illnesses. They also provide preventative care and health education for all ages and both sexes.
Dr Juliane Matthies
Personal Profile: Dr Juliane Matthies has been a GP at TOMC since 2005, and became a partner in 2011.
Interests: I enjoy the wide spectrum of working in General Practice. I am involved in teaching our own staff as well as in teaching medical students, GP trainees and other doctors. I have a special interest in medicines management and prescribing, and also in women’s health and contraception.
Qualifications: Staatsexamen Medizin, Facharzt fuer Allgemeinmedizin, Doctor medicine, Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, GP trainer
Professional Interests: Since qualifying in 1999 I worked in medicine, A&E, Orthopaedics, Surgery and General Practice in both the UK and Germany.
Dr Mark Norman
Personal Profile: Dr Norman as been a Partner and a GP at The Orchard Medical Centre since 1985.
Qualifications: MbChb, DCH, DFFP, MSc (Medical Ethics)
Professional Interests: My interests are in Clinical Governance, Vaccinations and Immunisations, Computing and Genetics
Dr Patricia Flanagan
Personal Profile: Dr Flanagan has been a Partner and GP at The Orchard Medical Centre since 1997.
Qualifications: MB, Bch, BAO 1989 Trinity College Dublin MRCGP 1994, DCH, D Obs, DFFP, letter Competence in Intrauterine techniques
Professional Interests: I am interested in Women’s Health, Children’s Medicine and Diabetes.
Dr Richard Berkley
Personal Profile: Dr. Berkley has been a Partner and GP at The Orchard Medical Centre since 1995. Previously he went to Medical School and Post Graduate Training in Sheffield and qualified in 1991. He has also gained experience from working abroad in India and New Zealand.
Qualifications: MBChB DFFP DCH
Professional Interests:I am particularly interested in Cardiology. I work as GP with Special Interest (GPwSI) for Bristol North and South Gloucestershire CCG’s in the field of Heart Failure, Hypertension, Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Risk management.
I like the broad range of medicine that you are involved with in Primary Care, dealing with people and not just the diseases they present with. I enjoy working in a big practice with a team of people with different skills. We work hard to try and improve access for patients and there has been terrific pressure and change over recent years. I hope to see doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals working together to give people what they need, and in a way that protects continuity of care for those that need this, and convenience of access for others too.
Dr Richard Pettit-Mills
Dr Pettit-Mills joined TOMC in June 2011 as an associate GP having qualified from Southampton University in 2004, and became a partner in 2013 .
Qualifications: BM, MRCGP, DGM
Professional interests: joint injections, palliative care.
Dr Sarah Grant
Personal Profile: Dr Grant joined The Orchard Medical Centre as an Associate GP in November 2010. She qualified from The University of Nottingham in 2002, and became a partner in 2013.
Qualifications: B Med Sci. BMBS. MRCGP. DCH. DRCOG.
Professional Interests: I enjoy all aspects of general practice, but have a particular interest in Paediatrics, Women’s Health and Urology.
Dr Emma Ainsworth
Personal Profile: Dr Emma Ainsworth joined TOMC as an associate GP in August 2015. She qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2009.
Qualifications: MBChB, DFSRH, DGM, DRCOG ,MRCGP
Professional Interests: I enjoy the huge variety of medicine in general practice . However my particular interests are in womens health and care of the elderly.
Dr Rhian Hatton
Dr Rhian Hatton joined TOMC as an associate GP in August 2014. She qualified from the University of Bristol in 2008.
Qualifications: MBChB (Hons), MRCGP
Professional Interests: I am interested in all aspects of General Practice but especially Women’s health and Care of the Elderly.
Doctors also have commitments other than only seeing the patients in surgery. Doctors are called out on acute visits everyday and also visit a number of elderly patients in care/nursing homes, and housebound patients, on a regular basis.
Doctors also check and sign all repeat prescriptions and sick notes which have been requested. There are frequent telephone-calls asking for all sorts of advice and often the doctors need to contact other health care providers for various reasons. There is a lot of paperwork. Letters, reports and results of tests come in daily; all have to be read and acted on. They prepare referral letters to hospital consultations and clinics, and reports for insurance companies and solicitors.
They have close contact with social services and prepare reports and attend meetings with them. Internally, they have daily discussions (and more formal meetings) with the nurses, health visitors, and other staff, which is extremely important because we all work together as a team.
Teaching & Training
We are proud to be a teaching practice for aspiring doctors. You may well therfore find newly qualified doctors, medical student or nurses with the practice as part of their training. You will always be asked if you mind them being present at your consultation. If you do, they will of course leave.
Whilst we have doctors on maternity leave, we employ “maternity locums” to cover for the whole time our doctors are away from work. We do this to try and ensure consistency of care for our patients and to ensure we have enough doctors available to provide appointments for our patients.