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MBCHB, FRCGP, DRCOG Date Qualified: 1978 Aberdeen (Partner)
Dr McCrone grew up in the Aberdeen area went on to qualify from Aberdeen University in 1979. He then undertook his GP training in Peterculter shortly before joining Banchory practice the following year.
MBCHB, DRCOG, FRCGP Date Qualified: 1993 Glasgow (Partner)
Dr Rough grew up in Fife and qualified from Glasgow University in 1993. He then worked and travelled overseas in Canada and New Zealand before returning and joining the practice in 2000.
BSC, MBCHB, DRCOG, FRCGP Date Qualified: 1995 Edinburgh (Partner)
Mike grew up in Morayshire and qualifed from Edinburgh in 1995 during which time he undertook an intercalated Honours degree in Immunology. He joined the practice in 2000 after living an working in and around the Edinburgh region.
BSc MBCHB, MRCGP, DFSRH Date Qualified: 1997 Aberdeen (Partner)
Dr Showell gew up in the Glasgow region before moving up to Aberdeen university where she qualified from in 1997. She trained as a GP in Kemnay before joining the practice in 2003.
MBCHB, DRCOG, MRCGP Date Qualified: 1996 Aberdeen (Partner)
James grew up in Aberdeen and qualified from the University in 1996. He initially took up a career in surgery (ENT) before switching to general practice a few years later. He joined the partnership in October 2007 having previously worked in central Aberdeen.
BSC, MBCHB, MRCGP, DFFP, DPD Qualified 1996 Dundee University (Partner)
Doug qualified from Dundee with MbChB during which time he also undertook an intercalated BMSc (Hons) degree in Forensic Medicine. After hospital jobs in Perth and Dundee he came to Aberdeen to undertake his GP training in 1997 moving to Inverbervie to take up a partnership in January 2001, where he remained until his move to Banchory in April 2009.
BSC, MBCHB, DRCOG, FRCGP, DFSRH Date Qualified: 1995, Edinburgh (Partner)
Valerie grew up in the Borders and went on to qualify from Edinburgh in 1995 during which time she undertook an intercalated Honours degree in Pathology. She joined the practice in 2008 having previously worked as a GP Partner in Aberdeen for a number of years.
MBCHB,DRCOG,MRCGP,DFFP Date Qualified: 1996 Aberdeen (Partner)
Rebecca grew up in Ellon and attended Aberdeen University, graduating in 1996 before going on to GP hospital training jobs in Aberdeen City. She undertook her GP Trainee year at Rubislaw Place following which she travelled to work in Australia. On returning to Aberdeen Rebecca worked at Calsayseat Medical Practice for a year prior to taking up a partnership at Rubislaw Place Surgery, where she remained until coming to join the Banchory Practice in June 2009.
MBCHB, MRCGP, BSc, DRCOG and DFSRH. Date Qualified: 2002 Edinburgh (Partner)
Gill grew up in the Aberdeen area and went to Edinburgh to study medicine, graduating in 2002. She did her GP training year in the Scottish Borders and then went on to do a rural fellowship year working in some interesting areas such as Orkney and Lewis.
Gill joined the practice in 2011 and became a partner in 2016.
MB, ChB, DRCOG
Margaret qualified in 1997 at Dundee
MBBS Date Qualified: 2004 India, MRCGP
MBCHB, MRCGP Date Qualified: 2011 Aberdeen (Retainer)
What Do The Letters After A Doctor's Name Mean?
MB ChB/MBBS – Batchelor of Medicine and Surgery. This is the standard qualification each medical student is awarded after 5 years of University Training. Although the student are officially recognised as ‘doctors’ at this stage, they require a further one years experience as a junior house officer in a hospital post before they become fully qualified doctors in the eyes of the General Medical Council.
MRCGP - Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. A postgraduate medical qualification in the United Kingdom.
DFSRH/DFFP – Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health. This is a recognition of having acquired additional skills in the field of contraception and sexual health.
DRCOG – Diploma from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This is a voluntary exam undertaken by GP’s in training to recognise specialist knowledge in the field of s pregnancy and women’s health
DPD – Diploma in Practical Dermatology this is a diploma for GP's with a speical interest in Dermatological conditions.
Gemma grew up in Banchory, qualifying in Aberdeen initially as a nurse in Learning Difficulties in the late nineties before completing her nursing degree in 2002. She worked in the ENT and General Medical Wards before moving to A+E in 2004 where she continues to work on a part-time basis. Gemma joined the practice in 2011 and has since gain her diploma in Travel Medicine. She is also a qualifed BLS (Basic Life Support) instructor and leads the in-house staff training with Dr Stevenson.
Maria qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1984 and a Registered Midwife in 1987. She originally moved to Banchory in 1989, where she worked at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and Kincardine O'Neil War Memorial Hospital, Torphins, as a midwife before moving overseas with her family. She joined the practice in 2011, completed her 'Return to Practice in General Nursing' through Stirling University, and now works as a Treatment Room Nurse.
Norma qualified as a RGN in 1985, a midwife in 1987, and a district nurse in 1990. Having studied and worked in several disciplines, Norma moved to Banchory in 1993, and worked at Torphins hospital, and Aboyne hospital before moving overseas with her family. She originally joined the Banchory Practice in 2011 as a phlebotomist, and following completion of her return to practice course worked at Peterculter Medical Practice before re-joining the Banchory Practice at the beginning of 2018 as a Practice Nurse.
Our phlebotomists Claire Read, Anna Craib, Alison Hutchison and Eilidh Anderson support our GP's and Practice Nurses by taking blood.
Claire joined the practice in April 2015.
Anna joined the practice in August 2016 as a Phlebotomist.
Alison joined the phlebotomy team in 2017.
Mrs. Sarah Chambers
Shona Grant - Operations Manager
Our team of full/part-time receptionists are:
Jane Burnett - Reception Manager
Scott Emslie - Reception Supervisor
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.The receptionists will ask for some brief information on your current needs, particularly in urgent situations. Please help them by explaining your needs and they will endeavour to find the best solution to your problem. They are bound by the same strict rules of confidentiality as the doctors and nurses. Our receptionists, however, are not medically trained. There are currently ten receptionists at the surgery who run a rota to take it in turns to cover the various areas including the front desk and ‘behind the scenes’ in the filing/results area.
The receptionists will ask for some brief information on your current needs, particularly in urgent situations. Please help them by explaining your needs and they will endeavour to find the best solution to your problem. They are bound by the same strict rules of confidentiality as the doctors and nurses. Our receptionists, however, are not medically trained.
There are currently ten receptionists at the surgery who run a rota to take it in turns to cover the various areas including the front desk and ‘behind the scenes’ in the filing/results area.
Louise Black is our practice pharmacist. She undertakes regular audits, assists with repeat medication review, guideline and formulary implementation and is an excellent source of knowledge.
The Community Nurse Team includes nurses with a variety of skills and expertise who visit housebound patients. Following an assessment, and supporting the ethos of modernising primary care and joint partnerships, the planned care to be given will be agreed upon by both the nursing staff and the patient or their relatives.
The service is available from 8.30am to 5.00pm seven days a week. Out with these hours the Marie Curie Nurses are available by contacting NHS 24 on 111
You can contact the Community Nursing Team on 01330 827250/827265.
Penny Allan - District Nurse
Gillian Blackhall - Community Nurse
Carole Dobson - Community Nurse
Calena Weir - Community Nurse
Moira Mackie - Health Care Support Worker
Danny Strachan - Community Nurse
A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social wellbeing.
The Health Visitor team work from the adjacent clinic and offer the following services:
Ante-Natal Classes and advice; Well baby Clinics; Child Surveillance Clinics; Home Visits to Mother and Children under school age; Contract with Play Groups and Schools;. They also undertake the pre-school immunisations. We have joint weekly clinical meetings and meet informally outside these hours.
You can contact the Health Visitors on 01330 827260
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