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 work Mondays, Wednesdays 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 Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.



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

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

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 Hina Farhat ST3 with Dr Gill Butterworth

Dr Zama Raza ST2 with Dr Amar Ali

Dr Nafiu Haladu ST2 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 

Dr Hina Ali

Clinical Pharmacist – AbdulHamid Mulla

                                              – Heena Ali

Pharmacy Technician – Soofyan Valli


Our Nurses

Sister Kay Holden

Gwen Clarke 

Nurse Associate

Susan Hamer

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

Healthcare Assistants

Hafsa Diveli

Elizabeth Godber

Michelle Hinds

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


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 regards to any Practice matters.

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

Reception Team

  • Faiza
  • Mubeena
  • Gail 
  • Farah 
  • Rachel
  • Christine
  • 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
· Sharon – Secretary – Tues/Wed/Thur/ Fri
· Julie, Sarah, Naeema, Sandra, Sonia, Katriona – Practice Administrators

The secretarial and administrative staff work behind the scenes providing clerical support to the Practice Primary Care Team and effectively administrating the government imposed standard in general practice called QOF which stands for “Quality and Outcomes Framework”. They are responsible for dealing with areas such as hospital referrals, child health development and vaccinations, secretarial duties to all doctors, inviting patients to attend their Diabetic, Hypertension, Heart, CPD and Asthma reviews and all incoming and outgoing correspondence to the Practice.