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Dr Tony Avery DM, FRCGP, BMedSci, DCH, DGM (male)

Qualified from Sheffield University in 1986 and joined the practice in 1992. He is a professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham and this involves him in teaching and research. He has a wide range of clinical interests.

Dr Avery sees patients on a Monday.

Dr Amanda Gunther BM BS BMedSci, DRCOG, DFFP, MRCGP (female)

Qualified from Nottingham in 1993. She joined the practice as a partner in 2002 having previously worked as a doctor both in this country and overseas. She tutors medical students within the practice and has a special interest in joint injections and also does contraceptive implants.

Dr Gunther sees patients on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Dr Jim Threlfall BM BS BMedSci, MRCS, DRCOG, MRCGP (male)

Qualified from Nottingham in 1997. He joined the practice in 2005 as a partner. His clinical interests include musculo-skeletal medicine and minor surgery.

Dr Threlfall sees patients on a Thursday and Friday.

Dr Kate Hodson McChB, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG (female)

Qualified from Sheffield in 2006. Joined the practice in 2013 as a partner, having previously worked at both the Valley and Chilwell Meadows as a trainee and locum. Her clinical interests include Child health and Palliative care.

Dr Hodson sees patients on a Tuesday and Friday.

Dr Tim Heywood MBBS MRCGP (male)

Qualified from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1995 and immediately started postgraduate training for General Practice. He finished his GP training in Aylesbury in 1998 and became a full-time GP in Worcestershire. He joined the Valley Surgery in 2016 having worked at our sister site, Chilwell Meadows Surgery for 5 years.

Dr Heywood sees patients on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dr Natalie Chersich MB Bch, MA Medical Humanities (female)

Qualified from University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1996. She joined the practice in 2016 as a partner and her clinical interests include gynaecology and respiratory.

Dr Chersich sees patients on a Monday and Friday.

Dr Nicola Egan  BM BS BMedSci DCH MRCGP (female)

Qualified from Nottingham in 2011. Joined the practice as a partner August 2016 having completed GP training in Reading and Newbury.  Her clinical interests include all areas of general practice.

Dr Egan sees patients on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Dr Sonal Nicum MBChB, BMedSci, MRCGP, Msc (female)

Qualified from Birmingham University in 2006. She completed her GP training in Birmingham, West Midlands and has recently moved to Nottingham. 

Dr Nicum sees patients on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Dr Dennis Chan MBBS, MRCGP (male)

Qualified from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2009.  He completed his GP training in Burton on Trent, West Midlands where he was also a full time GP for 4 years.  Due to family, he has now moved to join the Chilwell Valley and Meadows practice. His clinical interests are respiratory medicine and care of the elderly.  

Dr Chan sees patients on a Friday.

Practice nurses

Our practice nurses are Helen Collier, Jill Cheetham and Sharon McTaggart. They offer a wide range of services including health advice, respiratory and diabetic checks, blood pressure and coronary heart disease monitoring, family planning and cervical smears, childhood immunisations as well as other nursing tasks such as dressings. Appointments to see them can be made at reception. We need to know the reason for the appointment so we can give them the appropriate length of time they need.

Clinical Pharmacist

Sulvinder Samra  MPharm

Sulvinder is our clinical pharmacist and is based within the practice. Her role is to help you manage your long term conditions, reviewing your medicines and helping you understand your medication when you have been discharged from hospital. She can help with any questions you may have about your medicines either face to face or over the phone. You can book an appointment with her by calling reception.

Healthcare Assistant

Michelle Stone is our Healthcare Assistant. She is trained to take blood pressures, give flu vaccinations and take blood for blood tests.

Admin staff

Practice Manager

Linda Allum

Linda is responsible for the efficient administration of the practice and is happy to discuss queries, comments and suggestions regarding the day-to-day running of the practice. She has a full complement of receptionists who are specially trained and do a very difficult job in trying to meet the needs of both patients and doctors. They will deal with your queries, appointments and repeat prescriptions as efficiently and as quickly as possible. Sometimes they need to ask one or two questions to help judge the urgency of the request but they are bound by the same codes of conduct, with respect to confidentiality, as the medical and nursing staff.

Information Technology Manager

Ed Longridge

Ed helps us manage our communication systems and information technology. Ed is very experienced in medical IT and practice management.



Lynne is our Office Manager and she is helped by Andrea, Diane, Lesley, Wendy, Sarah, Helen, Jo and Donna to carry out the very difficult task of trying to meet the needs of both patients and doctors. They will deal with your queries, appointments and repeat prescriptions as efficiently and as quickly as possible. Sometimes they need to ask one or two questions to help judge the urgency of the request but they are bound by the same principles of confidentiality as the nurses and medical staff. We also have a rotating apprentice member of staff.

Practice Secretaries

Pat and Mel are our secretaries. They, amongst other tasks, will type the hospital referral letters. If you have an issue with any of these, please speak to them.

Other staff


Appointments can be made at reception for blood tests with our phlebotomists.

District Nurses

We have a team of experienced district nurses who are based at Stapleford Care Centre. They offer a wide variety of services to the housebound and those recently discharged from hospital. This includes care of the young disabled, wound care, injections and terminal nursing care. They can be contacted by phoning Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm on 0300 0830100 or by leaving a message at our reception. At bank holidays, weekends, evenings and nights ring 8462377.

Healthy Family team

The Healthy Family team covers most of our practice population. Their primary role is to support families with children under five years old and to promote child health within the wider population. They can be contacted for advice or for a home visit by leaving a message at Dovecote House where they are based on 0115 8835500.

Community Midwife

The Midwife is involved in the care of all mothers before and after the birth of their child. She is available for any queries or concerns at Dovecote House on 8835500. Appointments to see her are made at reception.

Teaching and training

To help with the education of future doctors we are linked to Nottingham University Medical School. We therefore may have medical students in the surgery from time to time. You will be informed when you book an appointment, or on arrival if this is the case. If you do not wish to have the student present during your consultation please let reception or the doctor know.

We are also a University hub practice and students come from other practices for teaching at our practice in our health education room. You will always be asked if you are happy to see a student or a student may sit in observing the consultation. Students are expected to behave in the same professional way as doctors and have the same understanding of confidentiality as we do.

We also have fully qualified doctors working with us for periods of between 4 and 12  months so that they gain experience in general practice. These enthusiastic, well trained and supervised doctors bring many benefits to the team and patients alike. Occasionally a consultation may be recorded on video, but only with the patient’s permission. These recordings are strictly confidential, seen only by doctors involved in training, and are erased afterwards.

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new partner Dr Dennis Chan who joined the practice in early June.

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