Dr Mairi McKirdy
BM. (Hons) (1992), D.F.F.P. GP Partner.
Dr McKirdy also holds a weekly clinic at the Ingleborough Nursing Home.
Dr Nick Howlett
MB. ChB. ( 1991), M.R.C.G.P. (Dist.), D.C.H., D.R.C.O.G., D.F.F.P. GP Partner
Dr Abby Astle
MB. BChir. (1997), B.A., M.R.C.G.P. (Dist.), D.G.M., D.C.H., D.F.F.P. GP Partner.
Having studied medicine in the 1990s at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, Dr. Astle moved North to continue her training, becoming a partner at Bentham Medical Practice in 2004.
Dr Astle has an interest in supporting patients whose health is vulnerable due to mental, physical or societal difficulties.
She is also one of our sporty GPs, recently dipping her toes (literally) into triathlon, as well as frequently swimming in Cumbrian tarns and lakes.
More recently, she has started a regular slot on Dale’s Radio, discussing topical health issues.
Dr Louise Morgan
MB. BCh. (1992), B.Med.Sc., M.R.C.G.P., D.R.C.O.G., D.F.F.P. GP Partner.
Dr Heather Thompson
Dr Matt Lupton
Dr Dave Kew
MB.ChB, M.R.C.G.P, D.R.C.O.G. Salaried GP
Kayleigh Watkinson Nurse Associate
Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.
Other & Visiting Clinicians
Stephen Panchal Muscular Skeletal Practitioner
As musculoskeletal first contact practitioner, Stephen works with Bentham Health Centre to assess, diagnose and manage joint, soft tissue and muscle pain. This includes requesting investigations or making onward hospital referrals, where necessary.
Stephen also provides an essential service that offers early support for the prevention, treatment and supported self-management of joint and muscle pain. By bypassing GP referrals, patients get access to expert advice faster than they did before.
Stephen qualified with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2014 and is currently undergoing an MSc in Advancing Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice. He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.
Patients can self-refer to Stephen by talking to a receptionist or using the MyGP or NHS apps.
Jonathan Scott Practice and Business Manager
The practice manager is involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology. The practice manager supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and also helps to develop extended services to enhance patient care.
Jill Noble Office Manager
Dawn Harrison Finance Manager
Jenny Kell Medicines Manager
Marie Godson Secretary
Hattie Clay Secretarial Support
Helen Midwinter Admin and Secretarial Support
Leila Atkinson Medicines Optimisation Manager
Beryl Metcalfe Dispensary Manager
Kay Sharples Dispenser
Leila Atkinson Dispenser
Lyndsae Lister Senior Receptionist
Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with financial claims, dealing with patient records and carrying out searches and practice audits.
The nursing team aim to provide skilled nursing care to patients in their own home, working with patients and their carers to assist patients to achieve their optimum independence. They offer skills in wound care, continence management, cancer support, health promotion and care of chronic medical conditions. They receive referrals from numerous sources including hospitals, GP’s, social services, patients and carers and coordinate care with social services and other agencies.
Contact number for Community Nurses: 01729 892 955
The health visitor, Kate Wild, can give you advice on all aspects of parenting, children’s behaviour and staying well, particularly in children, women and the elderly. They run the child health clinics at Bentham or Ingleton Surgery, and they help with the antenatal classes. Every child less than 5 years old has their own health visitor. They are also school nurses for the local primary and middle schools, and to Settle High School. You can see your health visitor by appointment at Bentham or Ingleton Surgery, or they will visit you in your home.
Health Visitors are based at Settle Health Centre on 017298 23880
The physiotherapist, Jon Northrop, works at Bentham Surgery on Thursdays and Ingleton Surgery on Tuesdays. He sees patients who are referred for treatment by their doctor. Some treatment is only available at Settle Health Centre so you may be asked to go there
The podiatrists see patients with foot problems at Bentham and Ingleton Surgery and are able to treat children below the age of 16 and patients over the age of 65. They see patients who are referred for treatment by their doctor.
We have a counselling service to help people at difficult and upsetting times in their lives. Ask your GP for a referral or you can self refer on 0300 5555551.
Natasha Darcy- Associate Psychological Practitioner- Click here for more information on Natasha’s role.
Community Mental Health Teams
Members of the teams, particularly the community psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists based at Skipton will see patients at Bentham Surgery or at home. They can help with all types of mental illness. They work closely with the practice and with the Department of Psychiatry at Airedale General Hospital. A consultant psychiatrist, Dr Jane Clarke holds a monthly clinic at the surgery.