Clinical Team

Dr Hilary F Simonton
MB ChB (Manchester 1985) MRCGP (Member of Royal College of GP’s) DRCOG (Diploma from Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) BSC (hons) Biochemistry.

Dr Simonton started at Washway Road Medical Centre in 1991 as a full-time partner. She is the GP Registrar trainer - for fully qualified doctors who want to specialise in General Practice.  As part of that role, she is also responsible for ensuring the practice maintains its training status.  Apart from these educational responsibilities, she also has an interest in Diabetes, Child Health, Hypertension and Minor surgery. Dr Simonton is also a qualified appraiser for Trafford GPs and is our child safeguarding lead.

Dr Geraldine O’Malley
MB ChB (Sheffield 1986) MRCGP DCH (Diploma in Child Health)

Dr O’Malley also joined us as a partner in 1991 and now works half-time. She has been an education supervisor to GP Retainees at the practice – doctors who are re-entering general practice after a career gap – and more recently is an FY2 tutor. She has an interest in Psychiatry and Preventative Medicine.

Dr Mark Jarvis
MB ChB (Manchester 1988) MRCGP

Dr Jarvis joined as a full-time partner in 1992. He has a keen interest in Information Technology - as well as specialising in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He is the practice’s adult safeguarding lead. Outside of work, Dr Jarvis currently holds a Clinical Director’s post for quality and performance at Trafford’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Dr Robert Parks
MB BS (London 1987) DRCOG BSc Hons (Pharmacy)

Dr Parks joined as a full-time partner in 1993. He is responsible for the practice’s clinical governance.  He also has an interest in Child Health, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Asthma.

Dr Helen Wilkinson
MB ChB (Manchester 1991) MRCGP DRCOG

Dr Wilkinson joined the practice as a partner in 1998 and now works on half-time basis. She has an interest in COPD, Asthma, Child Health and Family Planning. She is a qualified GP trainer and is our Salford Lung Study lead.

Dr Joanna Burgess
MB ChB,MRCGP (Manchester 1997) DRCOG

Dr Burgess joined as a partner in 2001 after being our GP registrar in a previous year. She leaves our practice at the end of February 2018 to take up a new post closer to her friends and family back in Scotland. We wish her all the very best for her future happiness and success there.

Dr Elizabeth Clarke

Dr Clarke returned to the practice and became a part-time partner in January 2004. She had previously been at the practice as a GP Retainee in 2001. She has interests in Psychiatry, Family Planning, Cardiology, Diabetes, and Child Health. She is passionate about education and is always willing to participate in the teaching of our new learners. Outside of the practice she currently holds a part-time GP educators post with Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Dr Graeme Ferguson
MB ChB (Manchester 1999) BMedSci MRCGP

Dr Ferguson joined the practice as partner in 2005. His interests include Diabetes, Heart Disease, and IT. Having taught 3rd year medical students he has continued with teaching, taking responsibility for the FY2 doctors’ placements at the practice over the last several years. Dr Ferguson is our registered manager for Care Quality Commission (CQC) purposes.

Dr Kate Howard
MB ChB (Sheffield 1998) MRCGP

Dr Howard also returned to us in 2005, as a part-time partner, after working here as a GP Registrar several years previously.  She has a keen interest in undergraduate education and has excellent feedback from the medical students she teaches.  Clinically, she has an interest in Child Health and Kidney Disease.


We currently have a GP registrar in post, Dr Ben Liu who is committed to becoming a qualified general practitioner (GP).  His education and training is supported by Dr Wilkinson.

As part of their training, we sometimes ask for our patients’ agreement for the communication part of the consultation to be videotaped. Your wishes are always respected and all recorded information is deleted after review.


These newly qualified doctors come into general practice in blocks of 4 months, to experience the variety of conditions seen in general practice.  They may not yet be clear which path they wish to take clinically, but 4 months at the practice definitely gives a different perception to the role of a GP.

As part of their training, we sometimes ask for our patients’ agreement for the communication part of the consultation to be videotaped. Your wishes are always respected and all recorded information is deleted after review.


We have a team of Nurse Practitioners - Sister Connolly and Sister Kelly and a team of Practice Nurses - Sister Gill and Sister Greenhalgh.  The team provide a comprehensive range of services - from care and advice on family planning issues, to carrying out ‘well man’ and ‘well woman’ health checks. They treat minor injuries and perform cervical smears; they offer support and advice to those wanting to quit smoking and also provide support and advice for women using HRT.

They provide a full travel advice service, including holiday vaccinations, malaria recommendations, and as a yellow fever centre, are also able to give these vaccinations. Their flexible appointment times mean patients can access this service, by appointment, between 07.30am - 6.00pm Monday - Friday.

Sister Katy Connolly and Sister Louise Kelly run the Minor Illness clinics; they are specially trained nurse practitioners and can deal with a variety of common conditions.

Sister Connolly is also particularly interested in Diabetes and runs the weekly Diabetes Clinic – providing annual reviews for patients who are not under hospital care.  Sister Louise Kelly supports the GPs in providing Asthma and COPD care, as she is responsible for running our airways clinic - monitoring the care of patients who use an inhaler device.

Sister Kelly, along with Sister Gill, also assist Dr Simonton and Dr Wilkinson twice a week with the Minor Operations Service.

Sister Deirdre Gill has a particular interest in Coronary Heart Disease & Stroke disease, and manages the care for this group of patients. In order to offer a comprehensive service, Sister Gill and Sister Greenhalgh run a twice-weekly CHD Clinic. Sister Gill also runs our wart clinic every 3 weeks, treating warts with cryotherapy.

Sister Janet Greenhalgh manages our hypertension Clinic and works with Sister Gill in managing our patients with CHD/Stroke. Sister Greenhalgh has a strong interest in smoking cessation and prevention of heart and stroke disease in patients who are otherwise well.


Our Healthcare Assistants, Linzi White & Kathryn Gallagher have worked with us for around 10 years.  Both Linzi and Kathryn began their time with us as receptionists but when our previous healthcare assistant moved to a hospital based role, we took advantage of Linzi’s previous nursing experience and Kathryn’s willingness to train into the role.  They both hold the Care Certificate. They hold daily clinics providing BP checks a couple of afternoons per week and also joint BP and blood test appointments in the morning, where necessary including diabetic foot checks, too. Linzi also assists the nurses in helping patients who wish to give up smoking.  She also is qualified to provide NHS healthcheck screening for patients aged 40 - 74 who may be at risk of developing heart or stroke disease.  Both Linzi and Kathryn love their clinical work and are very popular with all our patients.


We have a trained phlebotomist, Chris, who provides a “bloods only” appointment clinic one morning a week. Demand is high so patients can use any of the local drop-in clinics instead if they can’t wait for the next appointment. 


There are an increasing number of healthcare professionals in place to support the work of the GP for patients in the community.

District Nurses – who provide nursing care for those who are disabled, palliative or recently discharged from hospital.

Community Matrons – who maintain a close eye on those housebound patients with multiple medical conditions and who may be at risk of frequent hospital admissions.

Macmillan Nurses – who provide end of life care and support to those patients whose needs are palliative.

Health Visitors – who are mainly concerned with the care and protection of those aged under 5.