Hope Farm Medical Centre
Hope Farm Road
Tel: 0151 357 3777
Fax: 0151 357 1444
Hope Farm Medical Centre is well situated in the suburbs of Ellesmere Port. The practice is a long-established presence in Ellesmere Port, having been founded at the start of the NHS, inhabiting a variety of sites over the years before moving to our current site.
Ellesmere Port is a compact industrial town with a good mix of social classes, with a weighting towards the skilled/semi-skilled. Its main industries are petrochemical and car manufacturing. Among its assets are being close to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. North Wales with its beaches and mountains is very accessible.
We have a modern, purpose built medical centre, situated next door to the PCT-run Hope Farm Clinic, so we have extremely good links with our district nurses and health visitors.
We serve a population of 11635 patients.
There are seven doctors working full and part-time; three practice nurses; a health care assistant and an excellent administrative team. We have very good relationships within the primary care team.
We aim to provide a high standard of patient care, are forward-looking and innovative in the development of the practice and provision of patient services.
We have recently extended our premises to provide two dedicated Registrar consulting rooms.
The practice has a library, which is situated upstairs, where all of the doctors gather after morning surgery for general discussions of clinical and practice issues.
Dr Peter Townson – Senior partner
Joined the practice in 1984. Practice lead for prescribing and IT, special interest in Occupational Health.
Dr Susan Kingston
In the practice since 1986. Family planning instructing doctor. PCT Child Protection lead. Medical Student lead. Interests: minor surgery.
Dr Simon Powell
In the practice since 1999. Secretary of LMC. Business lead for the practice.
Dr Geraldine Hogan
Partner since 2000. GP Appraiser and Trainer. Interests: acupuncture, genitourinary medicine and palliative care.
Dr Karen Jones
Part-time partner since 2001. GP trainer. Interests: dermatology and palliative medicine.
Dr Nicholas Dixon
Salaried full time doctor since March 2006. Practice lead for Mental Health.
Dr Mary Fletcher
Regular sessional doctor working four sessions per week. Appraiser and involved with medical student training.
The Nursing Team
We have a dedicated nursing team, running chronic disease management clinics, immunisation clinics, and cervical cytology in addition to providing general nursing care to our patients.
Sr Kathy Woodley
Lead nurse. Currently studying to become a Nurse Practitioner. Lead for diabetes care and nurse administration. Extended and supplementary list nurse prescriber.
Sr Sue Richards
Lead nurse for asthma and COPD.
Sr Cath Astbury
Lead nurse for infection control and contraception/sexual health.
Health Care Assistant. Providing general nursing care.
We have been a training practice since August 2005.
Dr Geraldine Hogan and Dr Karen Jones are both accredited as trainers, and we have capacity to train one full-time and one part-time registrar.
The practice is fully committed to training, and we are also a host practice for second, third, fourth and occasionally fifth year medical students.
The first two weeks for the registrar is generally spent getting to know the team, by sitting in with the partners, nurses and other team members. This is a useful time to learn how the practice works and to become familiar with the computer system. When registrars begin consulting, they will generally start with appointments at 20-minute intervals, and then will ultimately work towards 10-minute appointments.
In addition to the local half-day release course, the registrar will have a regular protected tutorial each week (as well as plenty of opportunities to discuss problems at other times), and a half-day for protected study time. It is our aim for the registrar to be a part of the team and to feel integrated and for the time spent in the practice to be a positive learning experience.
For further information please contact either one of the trainers, or our practice manager, Mr Bill Mather.