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Dr Paul Evans
General Practitioner / Partner
I qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 2002 and have been working in the North East since 2013. I particularly enjoys musculoskeletal medicine / sports injuries and I qualified in minor surgery.
Dr Evans is currently working Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Dr Dawn Turner
MBBS DRCOG DFFP
I am the practice lead for teaching 3rd year medical students and the link GP for Alexandra House Care Home.
Dr Turner is currently working Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Dr Catherine Lewis
MBBS MRCGP DRCOG FRSH
I trained at Newcastle University and qualified in 1999.
I have an interest in Dermatology, Mental Health, Women's Health, and Palliative Care.
I also work as a Clinical Author developing guidelines for primary care for GPs and nurses.
Outside work, I enjoy cinema, occasional running, singing, and wine tasting.
Dr Lewis is currently working Thursdays and Fridays.
Dr Bernadette Conlan
I trained at Newcastle University and have always worked in the North East, initially working in the West end of Newcastle. I moved across the water in 2002 to join Bridges Medical Practice. My interests are women's health, young people's health, psyhological problems and I am the pratice lead for patients suffering from Dementia. In my spare time, I play tennis and run.
Dr Conlan is currently working Monday mornings and Thursdays. Her morning appointments starts at 07.30 to allow working individuals to see a doctor before work.
Dr Paula Wright
BMedSci MBBS DRCOG MScPhm MRCGP
I qualified as a GP in 2000 and have been at this practice since 2005. I currently work one day a week at the practice, though I occasionally work additional ad hoc sessions to help the practice.
Outside the practice, I also work for HENE (Health Education North East) on the area of appraisal and education for General practitioners. I have a number of voluntary roles in my local community. Additional qualifications: DFP, PGClined, FHEA
Dr Wright is currently working on Tuesdays.
Dr Fiona Steedman
I qualified from Newcastle Medical School in 2006. I have an interest in Dermatology and Family Planning.
Sister Verna Brodie
Mrs Carole Smiles
Primary Care Navigator / Healthcare Assistant / Phlebotomist
Mrs Rachel O'Neill
SRN SCM - Registered Midwife
Mrs Val Hempsey
Practice Manager / Partner
B.A. Professional Certificate in Management
I have been with Bridges since 1979 and became the sole contractor in 2006 until October 2018 when Dr Paul Evans joined me as a partner. I am the Practice Manager Lead for Gateshead CCG and I have a particular interest in the development of the Primary Healthcare Team.
Miss Joanne Palmer
I started working for Bridges in May 2009 as a receptionist, but I have since taken on secretarial duties. I have a particular interest in referrals amongst other things but I still like working in reception which allows me to have direct contacts with our patients.
Mrs Eileen Vyse
Mr Jed Morrison
Mrs Irene Robson
I have been a medical receptionist for 7 years and started working for Bridges Medical Practice in 2013. I only work 3 days a week as my husband and I care for my sister who has Downs syndrome and dementia. I also do some voluntary work at a club in Newcastle for adults with learning disabillities. I am the carers' advocate: if you need any information about carers' services, come and speak to me!
Miss Bethany George
I have joined Bridges Medical Practice in 2016. I have just graduated from Gateshead College and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Here, I particularly enjoy photocopying, stamping letters, scanning and above all drinking hot chocolate!
Mrs Michelle Sewell
I have started working for Bridges Medical Practice in January 2018.
Prior to this, I worked for two years at Oxford Terrace Medical Group as a receptionist also. I really like my job.
I have 4 grandchildren who I love to bits.
In my spare time, I like walking my two cocker spaniels Rufus and Joey.
Miss Lauren Quinn
Apprentice / Receptionist
Mrs Samantha Annison
Apprentice / Receptionist
Mrs Beverley Knotts