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Doctors and Staff

About Your Doctors

Dr Toby Cookson - Partner
MB BS MRCGP DFFP (Registered London 1988) male
Dr Cookson worked for three years in New Zealand before joining the practice in 1998. His general interest is Neurology and he is involved with the management of the practice IT.  Outside work he enjoys his family and riding his bikes.

Dr Brenda Nye - Partner
MB ChB DCH DRCOG MRCGP DFFP (Registered Birmingham 1980) female
Married with two children, she has a special interest in Women’s health, Family Planning and Paediatrics.

Dr Carol Sheppard - Partner
BM MRCGP DFFP DRCOG (Registered Southampton 1990) female
Dr Sheppard is married with two children. She has special interests in Diabetes, ENT and Family Planning.  

Dr Dickon Ponty - Partner
MB ChB MRCP MRCGP ( Registered 2001)
Dr Ponty and has previous experience in elderly care medicine and Gastro-enterology.

Dr Ann Davies
MBBS BSc MRCP (Paeds) (Registered London 1989) female
Dr Davies is married with three children and her special interests are Paediatrics, ENT and Psychiatry.

Dr Howard Tansley 
BSc MBChB MRCGP (Registered Edinburgh 2005)  
Dr Tansley spent time in New Zealand working in A&E and as the doctor for a ski area. He has had experience in paediatric surgery, trained as a GP locally and has an interest in practical procedures and minor operations. Outside work he enjoys spending time with his young family.

GP Registrars

All doctors who go into general practice must, after qualifying, do a special three year course. For one year of this they are attached to a practice as a Registrar and obviously that practice must be of a high standard. Here at Bradford Road the GP Registrars share in surgeries and visits and the routine surgery work as well as attending study days and tutorials. We are confident they will give our patients modern, effective and caring treatment.

Teaching/Attached Doctors

Occasionally newly qualified doctors, medical students or nurses may spend time with the practice as part of their training. You will always be asked if you mind their being present at your consultation. If you do they will, of course, leave.

What We Do

We don't see patients in the surgery all day, so what else do we do? Well, there are Acute home visits every day; we also visit a number of elderly and housebound people on a regular basis. We check and sign all repeat prescriptions and sick notes which have been requested. There are frequent telephone calls asking for all sorts of advice. There is a lot of paperwork! Letters, reports and results of tests come in daily; all have to be read and acted on. We prepare referral letters to hospital consultants and clinics, and reports for insurance companies and solicitors. We have close contact with social services and prepare reports and attend conferences with them. We have daily discussions (and more formal weekly meetings) with our nurses, health visitors, and other staff - extremely important because we all work together as a team.

The Practice Team

Practice Manager

Is responsible for the co-ordination, organisation and management of the practice and the services it provides. If you have any comments or suggestions to make on any aspect of these services, please do not hesitate to contact her.


Our team of receptionists and secretaries have been specially trained to deal with your enquiries. In order to assess your needs they may be required to ask you for personal information. This information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Nursing Team

The practice is involved in developing an integrated nursing team, making use of their wide range of qualifications and talents. The nursing team provide a wide range of practice-based nursing services, together with the provision of specialist clinics. They are supported by three health care assistants.

Nurse Practitioner

Our highly skilled nurse practitioner provides a triage service for patients who require same day access to a clinician. He is able to prescribe medication, works closely with the doctors and can refer you on to see a doctor if necessary. This service is fully supported by the doctors and gives them more time to deal with complex problems.

Attached Staff

Health Visitors

The health visitors attached to this surgery are qualified nurses who can provide specialist information, health education and advice and support for families with small children.

They can be contacted by telephone on Trowbridge (01225) 711480 (an answering machine will take messages if health visitors are unavailable).

Community Neighbourhood Team

Care at home can be provided by the community neighbourhood team comprising nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

Community Nurses

Following assessment, our district nurses will provide nursing care for our acutely ill, chronically sick or terminally ill patients, within their own home. In addition to nursing care they support carers and can advise on continence problems and help with the supply of aids and equipment.


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