Practice Staff


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 Matt Lupton
Salaried GP

Dr Maria Martin

Salaried GP

Dr Dave Kew

MB.ChB, M.R.C.G.P, D.R.C.O.G. Salaried GP


Meg Disberry
R.G.N., E.N.B., Senior Practice Nurse

Rachel Woolerton

Beth Cooper


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.

Healthcare Assistants

Karen Ramwell

Libus Rucastle

Bev Marsden


Jill Noble

Lyndsae Lister

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.

Chris Burt Associate Trainee Psychological Practitioner

As a Trainee Associate Psychological Practitioner working across the Western Dales Primary Care Network, Chris’s role at the surgery focuses on the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of better mental wellbeing.

Christ works personally one-to-one and with groups to help patients with anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns, increasing patients resiliency and helping them to cope with the difficulties they face.

He provides low-intensity psychological interventions which include cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing.

He is also interested in health and exercise psychology, understanding the inter-connectedness between physical and mental health.

Practice Management

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

Ingrid Ellershaw Secretarial Support

Hattie Clay Secretarial Support

Helen Midwinter Admin

Julie Vass  Medicines Optimisation


Beryl Metcalfe Dispensary Manager

Kay Sharples Dispenser


Lyndsae Lister Senior Receptionist

Ingrid Ellershaw

Janet Dobson

Kay Sharples

Hattie Clay

Tim Austin

Rowan Swale

Leila Atkinson 

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.


Jennifer McKaye

Community Midwives

Bentham Surgery has its own midwives, Caroline Allan and Deborah Tunny who cover the North Craven area. The midwife-led antenatal clinics are held on Monday mornings and the 1st and 3rd Wednesday afternoon in the month at Bentham Surgery, and parentcraft classes, by invitation, take place at the Looking Well in High Bentham. The midwives also visit newly delivered mums at home following discharge from hospital.

To contact the local community midwives

Midwives contact number 01535 292411. Midwives are usually available between 08:30 and 09:30 in the morning. At other times you can leave a message on the answerphone. If you want to speak to a midwife urgently between 08:30 and 16:30 please phone Airedale General Hospital (01535 652511) and ask the switchboard to bleep your named midwife.

After 20 weeks of pregnancy if you are in labour or between 16:30 and 08:30 please phone the labour ward where you are booked to have your baby:

Royal Lancaster Informary 01524 583850

Helme Chase, Westmorland General Hospital 01539 733718

Airedale General Hospital 01535 292402

In an emergency call 999

Community Nurses

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

Health Visitors

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 podiatriasts 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.

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.

Palliative Care Nurse

Mary Holland, the Sue Ryder specialist palliative care nurse is able to give advice and support. She works closely with the doctors and community nurses.