Practice Team

The Partners

Dr Nevil H Fowler, Senior Partner BM MRCGP Reg: Southampton 1986 nevils camera Xmas 06 - K & F's party 025Nevil is from Stockton-on-Tees and trained at Southampton University, qualifying with a BM in 1986.  His first year “house jobs” were at North Tees General Hospital and Weymouth Hospital.  Subsequent hospital training followed with Accident and Emergency in Middlesborough and a year of ENT in Lancaster then North London.  He started his General Practice training locally in Weymouth and Dorchester.  During this time he was attached to Wyke Regis Health Centre as a GP trainee with hospital experience in Orthopaedics, Elderly Care, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology and more ENT.  After completing the rotation a further six months of obstetrics and Gynaecology followed in Dorchester hospital before he joined Dr Baird and Dr Pouncey at Portesham (then Long Bredy) Surgery in 1993.  He gained further qualifications in the form of the MRCGP exam in 1994. He is married to Diane, an occupational health nurse, and has two grown up children Eleanor and Edward. His interests outside work include birdwatching and anything to do with natural history, and walking.

Dr Louise Beale, Partner MB BS London DRCOG MRCGP DFFP: London 1999 Louise Beale_0192 Louise grew up in Somerset and Wiltshire and went to school in Bath.  She qualified from the Royal Free Hospital school of Medicine, Hampstead, in 1999.  She completed house jobs in Basildon and then Dorset County Hospital and then a post in Elderly Care at Poole Hospital, before spending a fantastic year in New Zealand, where she worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Accident and Emergency and Psychiatry.  On her return she spent six months as a trainee GP at the Harvey Practice in Merley/Broadstone before spending another six months working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Poole & Bournemouth hospitals.  Louise then spent a final year completing her training as a GP at the Talbot Medical Centre, Bournemouth.  In 2004 she returned to the Harvey Practice as a salaried GP where she stayed until joining the Portesham Surgery team in September

2012. Louise met her husband Rob at medical school and they both fell in love with Dorset during their house jobs in Dorchester.  They were lucky enough to be able to move to West Dorset when Rob was appointed as a consultant anaesthetist at Dorset County Hospital.  They have three young children – Thomas, Isabel and Edward – and when they get the chance to relax they enjoy walking, riding, cycling and skiing.

Dr Elizabeth Jones, Partner

Liz joined the partnership in January 2018, having qualified in 2006 from Guy, Kings and St Thomas’ medical school in London.  She worked as a house officer in Tunbridge Wells and London, including a year in A&E at St Thomas’ hospital, then did her GP training which she completed in 2013.  She grew up in Dorchester and was happy to return here as a GP, working first in Blandford for 4 years and then taking up the partnership with us.

Emergency work is one of her passions and she still works for the Out of Hours GP service at weekends.  In her spare time she enjoys baking, working on her allotment, playing the flute and piano and crafts such as stone carving.

Locum Doctors :  we are very lucky to be supported by a team of regular locum Doctors whom you will get to know, including Dr Mamia Richards, Dr Debbie Rose, Dr Matt Coffin, Dr Julie Lester, Dr Stefan Giancola and Dr Katie Crowell.

Practice Nurse Team :  provides a full range of nursing services in the Surgery including ECGs, blood tests, smear tests, health checks for new patients, ravel vaccinations, contraceptive advice, dressings and removal of stitches. These services are provided for housebound patients by the District Nurse team.

Rachelle Pearce – Practice Nurse joined our nursing team in June 2015 having known our surgery and patients for many years in her previous role as a district nurse with the Bridport team.

Anna Meakins – Practice Nurse

Tabatha Lewis – HCA  our Healthcare Assistant trained as a nursing assistant in 1991 and worked at Herrison Hospital and Blackdown Community Hospital as well as at a nursing home in Cheshire, before joining us in 2008.  Tabby does a wide range of procedures including phlebotomy, ECGs, dressings and NHS Health Checks.  She is also trained as a Smokestop Advisor and has successfully supported many patients in their path to becoming non-smokers.

Emma Cormack – HCA 

Management team :  responsible for day-to-day management of clinics, the practice building, the staff, health & safety etc – come to us with any non-clinical problems.

Alison Dunbar – Practice Manager.  Alison started here in 2005 after working for Amnesty International in London for 5 years and then for Ashley Chase Estate in the Bride Valley for 18 years.  Alison took over the Practice Manager’s role in 2008.

Caroline Cox – is now our Deputy Practice Manager as well as the Dispensary Manager (see below).

Jackie Clark is PA to the Practice Manager and Patient Services Lead.   Jackie joined the team in March 2017 and lives in Portesham with her partner and son.  Jackie has 9 years experience of working within the NHS.

Reception Staff :

Lisa Tatchell joined the team in June 2017.  Lisa has lived in Dorset all her life.  She worked in child care whilst her children were small, but previous to that was a travel agent.  Lisa is also part of our Dispensary Team.

Lorraine Willcock has lived in the Dorset area for many years and has worked in the surgery since 2004. Lorraine previously worked for Waitrose in Dorchester and she is in charge of managing the flu clinics every year here at the surgery.

Kendal Gourlay –  Kendal joined the surgery’s reception team in September 2019 after relocating from Australia.  Kendal previously worked within the educational sector in Scotland for 7 years, and then for 9 years in Australia.  As well as reception, Kendal is now looking forward to incorporating Social Prescribing into her role at the surgery.

Kacey Campbell  – originally from Middlesex, Kacey  has worked for British Airways & as an I.T Manager for River Island.  She has lived in Weymouth since 2020 and has one son who lives in Australia Kacey loves Jazz, tap dancing and looking forward to getting to the West End when it opens again!

Sharon McGee


Admin staff :  Our medical secretaries each work two days per week and share the referral work as well as covering the reception desk as needed.

Caren Wigginton brings a wealth of experience to our team, having worked for Dorset County Council in various roles for 26 years.  She took a year off but was tempted back into work with us in October 2014.

Jo Dench worked in customer services in a variety of areas including retail, Agincare and Dorset Police, before joining us in 2014.

Anne Highfield was born and brought up in Weymouth.  She previously worked as a contracts manager for a local training company, joined us as a receptionist in 2005 then left to have her children.  She has kept firmly in touch with us, providing us with holiday cover on numerous occasions, and we’ve finally got her back one day a week doing medical referrals and the book-keeping.

Dispensary Staff  who can also advise you on your medication

Caroline Cox is our Pharmacy Technician and joined the staff in May 2001 (to do four weeks’ holiday cover. 15 years later and we can’t imagine the dispensary without her!). She had previously worked in Boots since the age of 15.

Jo Barratt has lived in Bridport for 16 years, but she originally comes from Devon. She worked for Boots for 8 years and came to the surgery in 2006. Her role is general dispenser and she is in charge of managing blister packs.

Sarah Baker joined in September 2018.  She lives in Maiden Newton with her husband and daughter, and previously worked as a dispenser in a Dorchester GP practice for five years.

Caz MacConnachie 


Michele Akers 


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