Practice Team

The Doctors



Dr Neil Smith MBChB (Hons) DCH DCCH DRCOG DFFP MRCGP (Dist) MScGP (Dist)

I joined the Practice in 1995.

I am a generalist family doctor wanting to offer holistic care to local people. My special interests are sports medicine and medical education.

I am in practice on Mondays, Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays.

I am the stadium doctor at Blackburn Rovers.

I am the education lead for NHS Blackburn with Darwen and an honorary lecturer at Manchester University.

I work regular sessions at East Lancashire Out of Hours Medical Service



Dr Gill Butterworth MBChB (Hons) MRCGP (Dist) DRCOG BSc (Hons)

I first came to the Practice in 1998 and joined as a partner in 2002.

My special interests are renal medicine and paediatrics. I am involved in most of the practice’s child health surveillance clinics. I am also responsible for medicines management in the practice and monitor our prescribing of warfarin and other drugs requiring close supervision.

I work Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays.



I first joined the practice in 2007 and became a salaried GP from 2008. I work Thursday and Friday.

My special interests are in Mental Health, Dermatology and Women’s Health specifically Family Planning.


Dr Amar Ali MBChB (Honours) DCH

I joined the practice in 2009. I have a particular interest in diabetes and men’s health.

I work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays also work in the Diabetes Research Unit at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, the out of hours GP service and the A&E department.

I work Tuesdays, Wednesday evenings and Fridays

Dr Zuber Ibrahim Patel MBChB MRCGP

I joined the practice in September 2015.

My interests are in Diabetes and Obesity. I supervise our medical students from UCLAN. I am based at the Research Unit at Royal Blackburn Hospital. I work for an adoption agency as well.

I work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Dr Haroon Ali


Dr Bushra Hussain MBChB MRCGP

I joined the practice in September 2018.

I work on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Other Doctors in the Practice

Our practice is a recognised centre for training doctors to become general practitioners. We have various GPs in training who are fully registered and qualified doctors.


Dr Anber Sherazi ST3 GPVTS with Dr Amar Ali

Dr Imran Hamza ST3 with Dr Gill Butterworth

Dr Ayaz Sheth ST1 with Dr Neil Smith


Locum GP’s and Clinical Pharmacist

Our practice uses regular locum GP’s to cover holidays and illness.

Dr Ferheen Umer 

Dr Sulaiman Hafeez 

Clinical Pharmacist – AbdulHamid Mulla


Our Nurses

Sister Meenaz Firfire SRN

The practice nurses are responsible for chronic disease management such as asthma and diabetes. They also manage the smear, travel and children vaccination clinics.

Healthcare Assistants

Hafsa Diveli

Toni Harrison

Our health care assistants perform new patient medicals, check blood pressures, takes blood samples and various other reviews and procedures’.

Research Assistants

Sister Gillian Whalley

Sister Christine Bond

Nurse Appointments

Contact Oakenhurst Medical Practice on 01254 617101 – option 1

The receptionist will ask what the appointment is for so she can be sure that you receive the correct length of appointment.

The practice nurses are responsible for chronic disease management such as asthma and diabetes. They also manage the travel clinics.


Management Team

Mrs Angela Newman – Practice Manager

The Practice Manager is responsible for the overall organisation and management of the practice including the day to day running, finance and human resources within the practice. Angela is the first point of contact if you have any suggestions or complaints and will endeavour to help whenever she can in regard any Practice matters.

Mrs Anita Edmundson – Patient Services Manager
The Patient Services Manager is responsible for the day to day running of the Reception Team and deputises for the Practice Manager in her absence.

Reception Team

  • Jasmin 
  • Shelby
  • Gail 
  • Sonia 
  • Darren 
  • Stacy
  • Georgia
  • Sarah  – (Mellor Branch Surgery)

Our Receptionists are here to help you and we hope you find our receptionists friendly and efficient. They have a difficult job to do, keeping both doctors and all patients happy, with telephone calls and enquiries from every direction, so please be patient.

We have a variety of professionals within the practice best help you. When telephoning for medical attention, the receptionist will ask you brief questions about your illness to enable them to direct you to the appropriate service.

All our staff members have been trained to make these enquiries so that we can help in the most appropriate way and we appreciate the need to fully protect your confidentiality.

Our phone line are busiest in the morning and therefore if you have any queries about test results, hospital appointments, ambulance bookings or anything you are not sure about, please telephone the surgery in the afternoon for advice.

Administrative Staff / Secretaries Team
· Judith – Secretary – Mon/Tues/Wed
· Sharon – Secretary – Tues/Wed/Thur/ Fri
· Julie, Sarah, Naeema, Danielle, Sandra – Practice Administrator

The secretarial and administrative staff work behind the scenes providing clerical support to the Practice Primary Care Team. They are responsible for dealing with areas such as hospital referrals, Child Health Development and vaccinations, secretarial duties to all doctors, running the call and recall systems inviting patients to Diabetic Clinic, Heart Clinic etc., effectively administrating the government imposed standard in general practice call QOF which stands for “Quality and Outcomes Framework” and all incoming and outgoing correspondence to the Practice.