Practice Information



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

Qualified from Sheffield University in 1986 and joined the practice in 1992. He is the research lead for the whole practice and patient safety lead at the Valley Surgery. He does joint injections and injections for carpal tunnel syndrome. He is a professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham, and this involves him in teaching medical students and research. His research interests are in prescribing and patient safety.

Dr Avery sees patients on Mondays.

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

Qualified from Nottingham University Medical School in 1997. He joined the practice in 2005 as a partner. His clinical interests include musculo-skeletal medicine and minor surgery. He is also the practice’s Caldicott Guardian and Lead for Information Governance and Learning Disabilities.

Dr Threlfall sees patients on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Dr Kate Hodson MBchB, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, PGCME (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 Tuesdays and Fridays.

Dr Tim Heywood MBBS MRCGP (male)

Qualified from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1995. He joined the Valley Surgery in 2016 having worked at our sister site, Chilwell Meadows Surgery for 5 years. He is currently Clinical Director of Nottingham West Primary Care Network. His interests include cancer care and information technology.

Dr Heywood sees patients on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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 medicine. She is also the practice Carer Lead.

Dr Chersich sees patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Dr Nicola Egan  BM BS BMedSci DCH MRCGP (female)

Qualified from Nottingham University Medical School 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 Mondays and Wednesdays.

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

Qualified from Birmingham University in 2006. She completed her GP training in Birmingham. She is the practice’s Infection Control lead and is involved with the mentoring and supervision of doctors who are training to become GPs.

Dr Nicum sees patients on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Dr Joanna Ratan Bmedsci, BM, BS, DRCOG, DFSRH, MRCGP (female)

Dr Ratan qualified from Nottingham University in 1998 and did her GP training in Nottingham.  Before joining the practice in July 2022 she spent most of her career working just over the border in Derbyshire.  She has a wide range of clinical interests including Women's Health, Contraception & Sexual Health, Urology and Mental Health.  She fits contraceptive implants.

Dr Ratan sees patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Practice nurses

Our practice nurses are Helen Collier, Jill Cheetham, Sharon McTaggart and Polly Southgate. 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 Pharmacists

Sulvinder Samra,  MPharm

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

Aiysha Raoof, MPharm, PG Cert., MRPharmS, MAPCPharm

Aiysha is Clinical Pharmacist for the Nottingham West PCN. She qualified from The University of Nottingham, School of Pharmacy in 2018. She joined the Nottingham West PCN in 2020 providing cover to Chilwell Meadows and Valley Surgery. Aiysha manages patients with long term conditions particularly polypharmacy reviews, patients on 10+ medicines. She supports the practice in reviewing medicines, dealing with medication queries, discharges and specialist services.  She also looks after our care home patients and is part of the Enhanced Health in Care Homes service for the PCN.

Healthcare Assistant

Michelle Stone is our Healthcare Assistant. She is trained to carry out dressings and well being health checks, take blood pressures, give flu vaccinations and take blood for blood tests.

First Contact Physiotherapists

We have two First Contact Physiotherapists: Muhammad Ismail and Sean Massey. Both are experienced physiotherapists with the advanced skills necessary to assess, diagnose and recommend appropriate treatment or referral for musculoskeletal (MSK) problems on a patient’s first contact with healthcare services. Please book an appointment with them by calling Reception.

They see patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Admin staff

Practice Manager

Linda Allum

Linda is responsible for the administration of the practice and is happy to discuss queries, comments and suggestions regarding the day-to-day running of the practice.

Quality Development and Information Systems Manager

Ed Longridge

Ed helps us manage improvements in our communication systems and information technology, including maintaining the practice website. Ed is very experienced in medical IT and practice management.



Rebecca is our Office Manager and she is helped by Andrea, Lesley, Wendy, Sarah, Donna, Jade, Mel, Carol and Anne. They will deal with your queries and appointment requests. They may ask you a few details in order to work out how best to help you but they are bound by the same levels of confidentiality as the doctors.

Practice Secretaries

The Practice secretaries Mel, Sonia, and Rachel will liaise with hospitals for us. One of them is here every day. If you have issues with your liaison with hospitals please speak to  them directly.

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 people with disabilities, wound care, injections and advanced and palliative care. They can be contacted by phoning Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm on 0300 0830100. At bank holidays, weekends, evenings and nights ring 8462377.

Healthy Family team (0-19 years)

The Healthy Family team role is to support children and young people with physical and mental health needs. For basic advice please call 0300 123 3387 Option 4, or the team can be contacted directly  for advice or for a home visit by leaving a message at Dovecote House where they are based on 0115 9522412.

Community Midwife

The Community Midwife team is involved in the care of all mothers before and after the birth of their child. They are available for any queries or concerns at Dovecote House on 0115 8835500. For the emergency midwife call 07967204126 (9am-5pm) or outside of these times on 0115 9299971.

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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Nottingham NG9 4ET

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