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clinical staff

Meet our staff

We have a variety of different staff providing health care for you and your family. Here we introduce them.



Dr M Wong (male), Manchester 1991 MB ChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFFP
Dr Wong joined the practice in 1995. He offers a full range of general practice care. He has an interest in IT, producing the practice website and patient newsletter, and is the CQC registered manager and the lead doctor in influenza and covid.

Dr L Axten (male), Leicester 2007 MB ChB, BA (Hons), MRCGP, BMedSci
Dr Axten joined the practice in 2012 as a salaried doctor and became a partner in 2013. He offers a full range of general practice care and has an interest in ENT. He is the lead doctor in safeguarding children, clinical governance, complaints and anticoagulation.

Dr S Francis (male), Leeds 2009 MB ChB, MRCGP
Dr Francis joined the practice in 2014 as a salaried doctor and became a partner in 2016. He offers a full range of general practice care. He is the lead doctor for diabetes and prescribing.


Dr R Greer (female), London 2009 MB BS, DFSRH, MRCGP
Dr Greer joined the practice in 2014 as a salaried doctor and became a partner in 2016. She offers a full range of general practice care. She is the lead doctor in women's health, staff wellbeing and document management.

Dr P Smith (male), Hull & York 2010 MB BS, MRCGP
Dr Smith joined the practice in 2015 as a salaried doctor and became a partner in 2017. He offers a full range of general practice care. He is the lead doctor in palliative care, cancer and bereavement.

Dr A Shial (male), London 2006 MB BS, BA (Hons), MSc, MRCGP
Dr Shial joined the practice in 2018 as a salaried doctor and became a partner in 2020. He offers a full range of general practice care and has a Masters degree in Computer Science and a keen interest in IT. He is the lead doctor in online consultations, safeguarding adults and data quality.


Dr V Neely (female), Plymouth 2011 MB BS, BEng (Hons), MRCGP
Dr Neely joined the practice in August 2019 and became a partner in April 2021. She offers a full range of general practice care. She is the lead doctor in medical student training and care homes.

Salaried doctor

Dr S Irfan (male), Karachi 2003 MB BS, MSc, MRCGP
Dr Irfan joined the practice in May 2021.

Retained doctor

Dr J Marval (female), Nottingham 1994 BMedSci, BM BS, MRCP, MRCGP, DFSRH
Dr Marval joined the practice in September 2020.

Locum doctors

From time to time, it is necessary for us to employ locum doctors to cover holidays and sickness. You will be notified if your appointment is with our locum doctor when you book.

nursing staff

Practice nurses

Our Practice Nurses, Tracey, Joanne, Sophie and Health Care Assistant Carissa, are available by appointment for consultation on all nursing matters. They diagnose and plan care, including prescribing a range of medicines. They are experts in many areas of chronic disease management such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, heart disease and diabetes.

Admin team


We have a team of 12 receptionists who are all here to help you. They answer the telephone and deal with enquiries from all directions, often at the same time! Their job is very demanding so please be patient and polite.


We have a team of five administration staff and a notes summariser who deal with all the clinical paperwork, reports and referral requests by the clinical teams.


Mrs C Stephenson (Practice Manager) and Mrs J Cavanagh (Assistant Practice Manager) will be able to help you with any administrative problems you may have with the way the practice is run.

Job vacancies SHORTCUT

Please check this page regularly for GP, admin and reception vacancies at Ivy Grove Surgery, Ripley in Amber Valley, the Heart of Derbyshire in the East Midlands

We currently have no vacancies.

attached staff

District Nursing Team

We have a large team of district nurses who provide nursing care to patients in their homes.

The district nurse team are based at Ripley Hospital and provide nursing care to patients during periods of illness/incapacity in non-hospital settings, such as the patients own home, residential care homes or health centres. SHOW

Patients include those who are housebound, the elderly, the terminally ill, the disabled and those who have recently been discharged from hospital.

A fundamental part of district nursing is promoting healthy lifestyles and health education/teaching.

The team's work activities include:

  • Accepting referrals from GPs, hospitals, other agencies, patients and their relatives
  • Assessing, planning, implementing and managing the care of patients
  • Offering emotional support to patients, their families and carers, and teaching basic care-giving skills
  • Establishing links with patients' families, carers and other health professionals
  • Identifying social care problems and liaising with appropriate organisations where necessary
  • Checking temperature, blood pressure and pulse readings, administering injections, wound care, leg ulcer care, taking blood and urine samples, continence care, palliative and terminal care
  • Assessing for and ordering equipment as required
  • Liaising with GPs
attached staff

Health Visitor Team

The Health Visitor Team are based at Ripley Hospital. They advise on all aspects of childcare and operate the drop in child health clinic. They also organise classes and groups for different patients in conjunction with other practice members such as parent craft classes. SHOW

Health Visitors are registered nurses with specialist training in family health. The work and activity undertaken by the Health Visiting Service can be broadly broken down into the following areas:

The health of your baby or young child

Every family with pre-school children has a named health visitor who can advise on everyday care, feeding, growth and development and minor ailments, parenting classes, managing behaviour and any special needs your child may have. Routine reviews of your child's progress are held at intervals throughout the first 4 years. The Health Visitors also organise the childhood immunisation programme.

Living a healthy life

Health visitors can help you to make sense of the conflicting media messages about health lifestyles by providing practical advice on how to stay healthy. They run health promotion groups and also represent your views about health needs in the community, influence policies and participate in health service developments.

Supporting families

Health visitors are not just there to support your baby, but the whole family. Health Visitors can:

  • Support women with post natal depression
  • Advise on employment and benefit rights
  • Give information on local support networks
  • Advise on options for child care
  • Provide support for single parents
  • Address conflicts within the family, including domestic violence

Other staff

Community Matron and Care Co-ordinator

We have Community Matrons allocated to our practice, and with Micheala, our Care Co-ordinator, they all manage and co-ordinate care for patients with long term conditions in their homes.


We have Community Midwives attached to the practice. The midwives operate the antenatal clinics and visit both antenatal and postnatal patients in their homes.

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