The Castle Medical Group

The Health Centre, Railway View Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2JG

Meet the Staff


Dr Mike Doherty

Mike joined the practice on 1 October 2013, after working at a practice in Burnley for many years. Mike lives in the Ribble Valley, and is a GP Trainer. He is interested in musculo-skeletal medicine and the management of respiratory disease.

Dr Jennifer Fairwood

Jennifer joined the practice in July 2009, becoming a partner in 2010. She is responsible for Palliative Care and End of Life Care.  Jennifer lives in the Ribble Valley and has worked in practices near Colne and in Longridge where she was a GP Registrar.

Dr Ian Ibbotson

Ian is another former GP Registrar in the practice.  Ian runs the occupational medicine service which he has developed over recent years.  He is the practice representative at East Lancashire Medical Services (GP out of hours), and represents the practice on the Treatment Room Committee.

Dr Will Mackean

Will is the final former GP Registrar in the practice.  Will qualified as a GP trainer in 2004.  He is the IT lead, and represents the practice on the GP Clinical Commissioning Group.  His particular area of clinical interest is mental health.

Dr Joanne Mellody

Joanne joined the practice as a GP Registrar in 2007, remained in the practice throughout 2008/9 as a GP Assistant, and became a partner in 2010. She has taken responsibility for coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease, and chronic kidney disease.

Dr Susie Owen

Susie is a part-time partner, and GP Trainer. She is the staffing lead in the practice.  Her clinical areas are Women’s and Sexual Health.

Dr Jill Osgood


Jill joined the Practice in 2015 and became a partner in 2018. Prior to becoming a doctor she completed a Psychology degree. She has an interest in Palliative Care and additionally works at East Lancashire Hospice.

Dr Russell Robb


Russell qualified from Sheffield in 2009 and spent some years working as an anaesthetist.   He joined the Practice in 2019. He has interests in Occupational Medicine, Joint Injections and Reproductive Health. Russell lives in the Ribble Valley with his wife and two sons and enjoys cycling and triathlon.

GP Assistants

We employ three doctors in the practice to assist the partners. Patients may book appointments directly with any of these doctors, although they work on a part-time basis and at different times during the week. Details of their surgery times are available at the reception.

Dr Sibylle Holch


Works on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Dr Kirsty McCreath


Works on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Dr Ismat Latif


Works on Monday and Tuesday

Nursing Team

We have a team of five Practice Nurses, two Assistant Practitioners and a Healthcare Assistant.  Appointments to see them should be made in advance by telephoning the main Health Centre. They provide ongoing care for patients with problems such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease. They also offer advice on immunisations, foreign travel, diet, exercise, smoking cessation and health promotion in general. The nurses also run minor illness clinics.

Administrative Team

The Practice Manager is Julie Oliver who looks after the running of the practice. The Reception Team organise the appointments and surgeries, and are usually the first point of contact with the practice. Staff deal with requests for home visits, telephone calls, test results etc. The Administration Team undertake all the secretarial work, including referrals to hospital and letters to patients.

Members of the Reception and Administration Teams are authorised by the doctors to provide information to patients, and may well ask for further information when you call. Patients should be assured that all staff members are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the doctors.


The midwives are usually responsible for maternity care throughout a woman’s pregnancy and up to 28 days after the birth. The GP practice will normally inform the midwives when a woman becomes pregnant, and arrangements will be made for an appointment. This is an opportunity to discuss issues such as antenatal screening and possible options regarding the place chosen for delivery. The midwives see women in antenatal clinics at the health centre (or hospital); they run parentcraft classes with the health visitors usually at 7-8 months of pregnancy, and they have close links with both GPs and hospital consultants. They may be contacted through the main practice telephone number.

District Nurses

This team provides expert nursing care and advice to patients in their own homes, working closely with the doctors. The nurses are able to support patients in a number of ways, which may include help with wound care, caring for people following an operation, liaising with social services staff, providing access to aids and appliances, and caring for the terminally ill.

Health Visitors

This team offers advice on all aspects of child care and development. Health visitors run baby clinics and provide help and support for mothers and babies, taking over from the midwives around 2-3 weeks after the baby’s birth. They can advise parents on issues such as breastfeeding, post-natal support and post-natal exercise.

Treatment Room Nurses

Patients can go there to receive treatment for very minor injuries, or they may be asked to attend for procedures such as blood tests, ECG’s or dressings. The doctors undertake minor operations in the Treatment Room, assisted by the nursing staff.

Mental Health Workers

The Ribble Valley has teams of specialist mental health workers including social workers, counsellors and psychological therapists. They are trained to provide confidential help and support to individuals of all ages with mental health problems using a range of therapeutic and counselling skills.