Dr Stephenson & Partners



Our Reception Team have been awarded the Healthwatch Star Award for October 2019.   Patients have given feedback to Healthwatch on how friendly and helpful our team are on a daily basis.   Well done our amazing reception team.  June Pace, Practice Manager, So Proud.

We have a range of skilled staff in addition to the qualified doctors at our practice. You can find out more about our dedicated team on this page:


Dr Geoff Stephenson
Dr Geoff Stephenson

Dr Geoff Stephenson (Senior Partner)

Dr John Leigh (Partner)

Dr Jon Sumner (Partner)

Dr Paul Swinburne (Partner)

Dr Annu Vilvanathan – Associate (Female)

Dr Louise Harvey – Associate (Female)

Dr Emma Henderson – Associate (Female)

Dr Amy Cox – Associate (Female)

Dr Jude Harrison – Associate (Female)

Dr Caroline Costello – Career Start GP (Female)


Ambreen Aslam, Clinical Pharmacist  Ambreen - Pharmacist

Ambreen grew up in Newcastle and now lives in Sunderland since graduating from Sunderland University in 2003.  She started her pharmacy career with Boots the Chemist and since then has worked across various community pharmacies in the North East as well as the North East Prison cluster.  She joined the team here at Dr Stephenson and partners in May 206.   Ambreen can help give advice on your medication.  This may be to help manage long term conditions such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis or high blood pressure; discuss issues if you are experiencing side effects from your medication or feel they are not working; review your long term medication yearly and explain changes made to your medication after a hospital stay.  She may also carry out health checks such as taking your blood pressure and arrange bloods or other tests you may require.  A clinical pharmacist cannot give you your medicines.  You should still collect your medicines from a community pharmacy in the usual way.  Ambreen will work directly with you, as part of the general practice team, to make sure your medicines help you get better and stay well.



Nursing Staff

Sister Ann Bishop (Nurse Specialist)      –  LEAD NURSE

Sister Sandra McGann (Practice Nurse)

Susan Tomlinson (Practice Nurse)

Health Care Assistants – Joanna Hebson, Jan Lopez, Jasmine Loy (Trainee)

Phlebotomist – Karen Culkin


PRACTICE MANAGER – Henny Carmichael

Henny Carmichael joined the practice in December 2019 as the new Practice Manager.

She came to the United Kingdom in 1994, and started her career in General Practice in 1995 in South Tyneside. For the last 18 years, she has worked as a Practice Manager. She enjoys working within a multi-disciplinary team and has the patients’ needs at heart. She can be contacted at the practice from Monday to Friday.


Mrs June Pace


June joined the practice in 2013 and enjoys working with staff and patients to ensure the practice provides excellent services to patients of the practice.  Please take the time to complete our monthly friends and family tests as this allows the practice to understand what works well and what does not.  Working together produces the best results.





Mrs Catherine Ferguson and Mrs Chris Kennedy are our Office Managers who deal with the day to day running of our busy reception.  If you have an admin concern they are available Monday to Friday to help.


RECEPTION/ADMIN TEAM   Michelle Hill, Karen Sinclair, Debora Lupton, Sandra Jones, Angela Dunn, Vicky Smith, Tracy Robson, Jasmine Loy

ADMIN ASSISTANTS  Daniel Smith and Kate Sheers

SOCIAL PRESCRIBER/RECEPTIONIST    Caroline Duncan  – also is Carer , Veteran and Domestic Abuse Champion

SECRETARIAL TEAM  Julie Callaghan, Susan Williams and Leanne Henderson



Health Visitors – are qualified nurses with special training and experience in child health, health promotion and health education.  They are available to listen to  you, help, advise and support you in all sorts of situations.

District Nurses – are based at the Health Centre and work closely with the doctors and other health care professionals.  They provide a comprehensive and holistic nursing service for the community.  The District Nurse acts as liaison between other agencies both statutory and voluntary.  Health education and promotion is facilitated in District and Health Centre based clinics.  District Nursing services will aim to be flexible and responsive to local and individual needs.  Contact Number for District Nursing Team is….. info to follow

Opening Times
Monday7.20am - 6.00pm
Tuesday7.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday7.30am - 6.00pm
Thursday7.30am - 6.00pm
Friday7.00am - 6.00pm