The practice is situated in the coastal town of Blyth in the South East of Northumberland. The town of Blyth has a population of approximately 39,000.
Station Medical Group has an approximate list size of 8,800 covering Blyth and a few patients in the village of Seaton Sluice to our south. We are situated in the centre of the town, adjacent to the Community Hospital, which was developed in 1987. The town has four other practices. Our practice was formed by Dr David Westgarth, Dr David Eynon and Dr Peter McEvedy on 1.5.1998 following the dissolution of a local partnership. The three partners came together with a desire to improve and build on the primary care services we provide. Since forming fourteen years ago the list size has expanded significantly.
Dr Carol Henderson joined the partnership in 1998, and Dr John Waddell joined the partnership six years later. Both moved to this practice from other local practices. Dr Shiell joined us as a Salaried GP in October 2007 and became a Partner in October 2008 following Dr Westgarth’s retirement. Dr Grace Watts joined in December 2013 and Dr Pepper Atkinson in January 2014. Dr Helen Harman joined us as a Salaried GP in April 2015
The premises were developed by Prime UK under a PFI scheme, and were completed in June 1999. The building was built to our design, tailoring to our needs, offering first class modern facilities in a friendly, light environment.
Dr Peter McEvedy is the Lead GP for Medicine Management and also a member of APC & Formulary Subcommittee.
Dr Carol Henderson has a special interest Minor Surgery and in the training of medical students.
Dr Shiell has a special interest in Child Health, as she trained in paediatrics before GP training, and an interest in Dermatology and the training of medical students.
Our aims are to create a partnership and team, who are like minded, working together by discussion and agreement to improve our care and services, and to support each other through the future changes in the Health Service.
Publication of GP Net Earnings
NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised and the required disclosure is shown below. However, it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice and should not be used to for any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparisons with other practices.
The average earnings for GP’s working at Station Medical Group in the last financial year ending in 2016/2017 was £70,092 before taxation and National Insurance. This is for 1 full time GP, 6 part time GP’s and 1 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.