Our Staff



MBBS London 1992, MRCGP



Dr Thompson graduated with an MA from St Andrews and studied medicine at the Leicester Medical School as a mature student graduating in 2007, he completed his GP training in 2012 becoming a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He has an interest in Emergency Medicine and worked for 5 years in the Leicester Royal Infirmary Emergency Department until 2022. He has an expertise in Integrative Medicine which combines conventional medicine with other approaches which take a holistic view of an individual's health including Herbal medicine, Homeopathy, Lifestyle medicine and Acupuncture. He is also involved in medical education having taught students at the Leicester Medical school and currently the Lancaster Medical School.


MBChB Glasgow 1997, MRCGP 2007, GMC 4422411

I am Rachael Tedd, one of the salaried GP's at Sedbergh. I trained in Glasgow and afterwards worked as a junior doctor in Plymouth & Australia before completing my training in general practice locally. I work 2 days a week at Sedbergh as well as working for Out of Hours. I have an active role in the training of medical students at the practice and GP registrars in Out of Hours.


B.Sc MB ChB 1996 Manchester, DRCOG, MECGP, GMC4291640

Martin works for the practice on Wednesdays and works at Lancaster University on the other days.


MB ChB 1994 Glasgow 1994, MRCGP DRCOG DFFP, GMC4108490


The Nursing Team at Sedbergh Medical Practice offers a wide range of nursing services to our patients via our trained nurses and health care assistants. They offer appointments Mon- Thursday and undertake reviews of medication and existing chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart and blood pressure problems. They also specialise in certain areas.


Lynn is our research nurse. She has a background of working within the hospitals and also as a district nursing sister. She helps to set up and manage the research projects at the medical practice. This enables our practice patients to take part in some research studies if they are eligible and consent to do so, thus contributing to both national and international studies that help to inform clinical practice and guidelines. Lynn also works as a practice nurse.


Siobhan joined us from Station House Surgery in Kendal where she was working as a district nurse. Siobhan works here as a practice nurse.


Hannah is a qualified A&E nurse, living in Sedbergh. Hannah will be initially working as a treatment room nurse, doing blood tests, warfarin tests, dressings, B12. New patient checks and NHS checks. Hannah can now also carry our smear tests. As Hannah attends more courses she will be able to expand her skills further.

Healthcare Assistants


Sue works Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. She offers appointments for blood tests, ear syringing, new patient health checks, suture/ clip removal and dressings and ECG's. She can perform vaccinations for flu. Sue also carries out the NHS health checks and offers STI screening as part of the New Patient health check. Sue is not a registered nurse but has undertaken specific training courses to offer the services mentioned. She always has access to a trained nurse or doctor when she is consulting.

Practice Management



Our reception team are here to help you make your appointment with the appropriate clinician and will deal with your queries in a friendly, efficient manner and confidential manner.


Lynn works in reception Monday to Thursday. She is also our IT lead and keeps the web site and our internal intranet up to date. Lynn has worked for the NHS at various GP surgeries since 1999.


Carol works in reception, is our clinical coder, keeps our stock up to date and also does phlebotomy one day a week.


Victoria also looks after the conference rooms and does accounts administration for the practice. Vic has now extended her hours and works every day with Thursday being her day off.


Liz joined the reception team in June 2019 working three days per week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Liz has two children and now lives in Dent. Liz worked for Barclays Bank in Sedbergh before it closed.





Chris joined us from Boots, Sedbergh and works in the dispensary.


Lorna joined us from Boots Sedbergh to become part of the dispensing team. Lorna is our Medicines Manager



Liz joined the reception team in June 2019 working three days per week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Liz has two children and now lives in Dent. Liz worked for Barclays Bank in Sedbergh before it closed.



Talking Therapies (previously First Step): Help for people who are experiencing common mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety). Using Cognative-behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, self help books and computerised therapy. 0300 555 0345


Name: William Hedges (Prefers William) Role: Mental Health Practitioner Western Dales PCN, Bentham, Lunesdale and Sedbergh Medical Centres. Mental Health Practitioner, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, MSc Psycho-Social Interventions, Registered Nurse (mh). I am an experienced Mental Health Nurse, having worked in the NHS for the past 30 years in a number of different roles. My last post was as a CAMHS Practitioner working in Preston, and before this I acted as Team Leader at Chorley and South Ribble CAMHS Team for 2 years. During my time in CAMHS I was part of the team who assessed young people presenting in A&E who had performed acts of DSH. I was a case manager for a number of young people who had more complex case presentations. I also offered CBT interventions for young people, offering between 4-8 sessions of CBT for a variety of different presentations. Prior to working in CAMHS I worked with Adult patients with severe mental illness in the Assertive Outreach Team in Sheffield. This involved using CBT interventions for people with Psychosis, Managing a case load, supporting people with their medication as well as acting for them in respect to all aspects of their social care. I have experience of supporting Patients with medication concordance, although this was primarily during my time with the Assertive Outreach Team, some 6 years ago. I have extensive knowledge and experience of offering 1:1 interventions with young people and adults and I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I also have an MSc in Psycho-Social Interventions, which looks at a multi-faceted approach to supporting patients with Severe Mental Illness in the community. I have been involved in writing reports and completing assessments for all patient groups. I am familiar with outcome measures and will use them in clinical practice as and where required. I have used CBT interventions extensively in my practice and with a number of different presentations, including but not exclusive, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma focussed CBT as well as with OCD. William Hedges Mental Health Practitioner Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, MSc, RN (mh) West Dales ARRS Team Bentham, Lunesdale and Sedbergh Medical Practices and Primary Care Network 07973926708 william.hedges@lancashirecare.nhs.uk

Health Visitors

Health Visiting Team, Lunesdale Surgery, Wellington Court, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Lancs LA6 2HQ Tel: 015242 79177 Please note that if you leave a message it may not be answered the same day due to part time hours. The child health clinic is held at Sedbergh Medical Centre. Check with the health visitor for days and times. This is NOT a drop in clinic currently. There are also drop-in clinics at Dent :- Check with the health visitor if this is still running. Dent Toddler Group on the 1st Tuesday of the month between 10am & 11am


Specialist Community Public Health Nurse

Community Nurses

District Nursing Team: Telephone Sedbergh 01539 718184 District Nurse & team leader Andrea Jennings, Staff Nurses Dayna Hadwen, Janice Moorby and others.


District Nurses Telephone Sedbergh 01539 718184 District Nurse & team leader Andrea Jennings, Staff Nurse Dayna Hadwen, Janice Moorby are the main nurses looking after Sedbergh patients but there are others in the team.

Attached Staff


Palliative Care Nurse


Hi there, my name is Stephen Panchal and I am here as the musculoskeletal first contact practitioner. My role involves assessing, diagnosing and helping establish the best way to manage joint, soft tissue and muscle pain. This includes requesting investigations or making onward hospital referrals where necessary. The aim is also to provide early advice on prevention, treatment and supported self-management. I qualified with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2014 and currently approaching the end of an MSc in Advancing Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice with Nottingham University. My registration is with Health and Care Professions Council and I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. I work across the Western Dales Primary Care Network with a purpose to be available for anyone with musculoskeletal conditions. You can book a telephone triage appointment with me currently on a Tuesday morning. Use the NHS app, Patient Access or ring reception.


I am the Clinical Pharmacist for Western Dales Primary Care Network. This means that I work across three GP Practices; Sedbergh, Lunesdale and Bentham, answering medication queries for staff and patients, actioning medication safety alerts, and helping the medical teams with medication reviews. Thanks Jen

Care Navigator/Social Prescriber


Mrs Linda Robson My name is Linda Robson I have worked for the NHS in primary care mainly GP practices for over 40 years and still loving my job I spent my younger working life in Barrow in Furness where I was born. I joined a Practice as a receptionist and really worked hard to learn everything I could. It was no great task as I loved what I was doing. Later years I took promotion and worked as Practice Manager until the Practice was dissolved. I then did a bit of work outside of the NHS but not for long it was where my heart was with the NHS. For a while I was lucky enough to pull together a Palliative care home team and I was very proud of this work. I joined Kirkby Lonsdale surgery in 2009 as assistant manager and this role led me into Case management and social prescribing the 2 roles I am doing now and have been for quite some time. Care plan The Care Navigator role takes me to see people in their own homes and I carry out a holistic health and social care assessment. I will with patents and families develop a personalised care plan to support self care. I can signpost folk to access Local services and resources to make life easier. My role wants to promote living independently as possible also to enhance the care they receive The role of Social prescriber in its self is very similar to Care Navigation the difference being It allows more time to spend with people . The role is aimed at 16 years and over to help people connect to local community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support. The role gives people time to think about what matters to them and build up trust to move forward to make for a better way of life.


Bio to follow

Health & Wellbeing Coach


Health & Wellbeing Coach- HAWC - Westmorland & Furness County Council “I want to focus more on my future, where do I start?” What do we do? We are a Public Health Team and our priorities are to support the public health agenda and aim to reduce health inequalities through coaching. Our aim is to support you to improve your overall health and wellbeing. In order to do this, we want get to know you and what works for you. What are your aspirations and goals? We also want to understand the barriers to achieving these, and the support you draw upon from your personal resources and resources around you. We encourage and coach you to: • Take action on factors that influence your health and wellbeing – including your lifestyle, relationships, interests and home life. • Become more independent and resilient. • Engage with your local communities and social networks What we can support with • Anxiety Management • Reducing Social Isolation • Building Resilience • Confidence Building Are you currently experiencing social isolation, anxiety, physical health limitations and generally finding life quite challenging. contact Are you open to and wanting to make changes in your life. Do you need support and encouragement with practical suggestions and coaching tools to help build confidence and resilience.



Brenda is our invaluable cleaner and looks after the whole of the Sedbergh Medical Practice side of the building!!