Meet the Team


Dr Mike Doherty (Male)

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 (Female)

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.  She has a background in Respiratory Medicine and is responsible for Cancer Medicine and Palliative Care. Outside the Practice, she helps to run the junior parkrun at the Castle every Sunday morning and enjoys running and rockclimbing.

Dr John Martin (Male)

John qualified in 2006 from Manchester University and completed his GP training in 2011. He joined the practice in 2019 and is looking forward to moving into the Ribble Valley so he can explore the area more either on foot or two wheels.

Dr Russell Robb (Male)

Russell qualified from Sheffield in 2009 and spent some years working as an anaesthetist.   He joined the Practice in 2019 and is a GP Trainer. 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.

Salaried Doctors

We employ six doctors in the practice to assist the partners. Patients may book appointments directly with them, although they work on a part-time basis and at different times during the week.

Dr Sibylle Holch (Female)

Sibylle works on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Her special interest is in Women’s Health.

Dr Claire Tattersall (Female)

Claire works on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dr Rebecca Gill (Female)

Rebecca works on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dr Emilie Slack (Female)

Emilie works on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Dr Ruchika Kiran (Female)

Ruchika works on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Dr Tauqeer Tariq (Male)

Tauqeer works on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Nursing Team

We have a team of four Advanced Nurse Practitioners, six 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. This is an opportunity to discuss issues such as antenatal screening and possible options regarding the place chosen for delivery. The midwives work in teams that rotate between Royal Blackburn Hospital and the community.  Information and self-referral to the midwives can be found at Register with Badger Notes (Midwife Services)

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.

Contact the Ribblesdale District Nurses on 01282 805989.

Health Visitors

This team offers advice on all aspects of child care and development.  They can advise parents on issues such as breastfeeding, post-natal support and post-natal exercise.

Contact the local Health Visitors on 0300 247 0040.

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.

Contact the Treatment Room on 01200 449117

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.