The Practice Manager is Mark Betkowski, who organises the running of the Surgery. Mark is the first point of contact for any compliments, comments or complaints. Karen Hayward is our Deputy Practice Manager.
Louise Titcomb MB, BS, MRCGP. Royal Free Hospital & University of London – 1982. Dr Titcomb came back to Newbury after training at The Royal Free Hospital in London. She joined the practice in 1989. She is married with three children.
Tim Walter MB BS, DA, FRCGP. Tim qualified from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, London, in 1985. After studying both Anaesthesia and General Practice he joined as a partner in 1991 whilst maintaining his anaesthetic practice for the first 8 years. He established the Out of Hours service, NEWDOCS, in 1996 and was chairman there for the first 2yrs. He has developed a keen interest in computing, both in the GP arena and specifically the internet. He currently runs the Emis National User Group mailing list and forum (since 1998) and also ran their website for 8 years, for the Emis computing system, used by about 50% of GP nationally. He completed the Certificate in Medical Education within the Oxford Deanery and Oxford Brookes University, and has been a trainer in the practice for since 2006. He is married with two children. He is the lead GP for diabetes, performs joint injections, and since 2014 he has been clinical chairman for Connected Care, allowing GP records to be viewed in Westcall and other environments (assuming patient consent) and is leading the way with a shared record platform across secondary care. He has run successful pilots in pre-diabetes www.predm.co.uk in association with the University of Nottingham, and is currently running a project for ensuring patients are as well as they can be if they are referred for surgery. www.preop.org.uk
Dr Ruth Lambert MBChB MRCGP DFFP. Graduated from Leeds University Medical school in 1996. She spent some time working in Yorkshire and then Perth Australia working in a variety of general medical, A+E and paediatric posts.
She completed her GP training in Macclesfield where she focused on rheumatology and was involved in medical support of athletes and spectators at the Commonwealth games. She also worked part time at the local hospice and completed her palliative care certificate.
She joined the practice in 2004 and maintains an interest in rheumatology, palliative medicine and paediatrics. In 2017 she embarked on GP training to join Dr Tim Walter in training the next generation of GPs
Dr Angus Tallini MA (Cantab.) MBChB. Angus qualified from Cambridge University and Edinburgh Medical School in 1999. He trained for a year in Accident & Emergency in London and Bath before completing a surgical rotation in Bath and Bristol. He continued training in plastic surgery when he moved to Wellington, New Zealand. He completed GP training in Swindon, working at Ramsbury Surgery, Wiltshire and moved to the practice in 2008.
Since 2011 he has been involved in Clinical Commissioning, and is now GP Mental Health Lead for Berkshire West CCG/Integrated Care System, as well as the Chair of the Council of Practices for Newbury & District Locality.
Dr Sarah Hall BSc MBBS DCH DRCOG DFFP MRCGP Dip Pal Med. Sarah graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in June 1999 after winning a Welcome Elective Prize in her final year to work with Acute Lung Injury Patients at Flinders Medical Centre in Australia. She completed a number of hospital appointments in the South East before joining Gillies Health Centre in Basingstoke as a GP registrar in May 2003, then moving on to Bramblys Grange Medical Practice in October 2004 as a salaried GP. Sarah became a GP partner at Falklands in October 2008. Her interests include Palliative Care and Women’s Health. She is able to fit contraceptive implants and coils at the surgery.
Dr Leigh Williams MEng, MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG. Leigh was born and brought up in South Wales. He graduated from Oxford University in 1991 with a masters degree in Engineering Science and then spent an year travelling. He worked in the offshore oil and gas industry in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico before moving to the steel industry as an electrical engineer for Allied Steel and Wire in Cardiff. In 1999 he moved to this part of the world to write software for Vodafone, but soon after decided to change career entirely and started medical school at St. George’s in London as a mature student. He graduated in 2004 and worked as a junior doctor in several departments at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, including A&E, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology and paediatrics. He spent a year as GP registrar at Tilehurst Surgery Reading before joining the Falkland Surgery in 2009. He is married with three young daughters.
Dr Alice Devall MBBS, BSc, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in London in 2006. She has worked in a variety of specialties including A+E, Paediatrics and Stroke medicine in places as varied as London, Brighton, Winchester and New Zealand. After completing her GP registrar training at Stockbridge Surgery in Hampshire she worked as a locum at Falkland Surgery for a year and has now joined us as a GP partner in January 2015. She has a particular interest in paediatrics, elderly care and diabetes and is a volunteer speaker for Diabetes UK. Alice lives in Winchester with her husband and baby daughter.
Dr Lottie Redmond BMBS Many of you will know Dr Redmond during her period of training here. She is now fully qualified and we are delighted she has chosen to join us in sharing your care, working 3 days a week.
Dr Louise Walsh BM, MRCGP, DRCOG, DCH. Louise trained in Southampton. She then went onto hospital posts in Winchester, Basingstoke and Jersey. Louise then undertook GP training on Basingstoke. She took a out to travel before getting married. Louise spent 6 years as a GP Partner in Whitchurch, before leaving to focus on her young family. For last 5 years Louise has been a GP locum with us. She has now started in a retained doctor for the next 5 years at Falkland Surgery. Louise enjoys exploring the local area on foot and by bike.
Sarah Carter is a highly qualified physiotherapist who has joined us to provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment plans for a full range of muscular and joint problems. She can be booked via reception for single assessment appointments. (She doesn’t provide treatment but can refer on for this)
Caroline Bowyer is an experienced pharmacist who joined us in 2017. She will be undertaking work to improve our prescribing processes and ensuring that we continue to monitor and review best practices. She will be continuing many of the audits and searches we currently run and hope she will reduce some of the background work involved. Over time she will review patients medication and review conditions as well as their treatment. Caroline will be contacting patients and discussing medication and potential hazards and benefits of treatments, however we will also want you to use your own chemist / pharmacist about simple medication queries you might have particularly self treatment and over the counter medication.
The practice nurses provide a wide range of services. They treat all wounds including leg ulcers and will advise on wound care and the removal of stitches after surgery. Ear syringing, some hearing tests and blood pressure checks can be made, as can appointments for advice for travel, childhood immunisations, cervical smears, breast awareness advice, menopause, HRT and weight management.
The nurses also run or help in our special clinics. The receptionists can always advise you whether you need to see a practice nurse when they will make an appointment for you.
The nurses can provide contraceptive advice, pill checks, routine reviews of BP and asthma as well as all aspects of nursing care. Our Health Care Assistant assists with new patient medicals, BP monitoring, ECG’s etc.
The nurses are: Sally Seager, Zoe Gilbert, Jaqui Plank, Judith Kerry and Lucy Hutchins
The District Nursing team consists of one qualified Community Specialist Practitioner specialising in district nursing, as well as 4 qualified staff nurses and a nursing auxiliary, however District Nurses from other surgeries often provide cover on our behalf and vice versa.
The District Nurses provide nursing care for those people who are totally housebound and they assess patients and their needs liaising with other agencies as appropriate. They also have a role in supporting and educating both patients and their carers within the community.
At The Falkland Surgery the District Nurses specialise in wound care and continence problems. As time progresses we hope that we can provide more “outreach services” to patients who truly can’t access our services at the Surgery, and if you know of anyone with serious illness who needs help then please contact them. The District Nurses are based within the Surgery and are employed by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. They are all very experienced in the care of the terminally ill and work with the doctors very closely to look after people during this difficult time.
We are now providing reviews for patients with heart disease, COPD, and diabetes who are unable to attend the relevant surgery clinics.
You can contact a member of the District Nurse Team by telephone from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm – 01635 279985.
The Health Visiting Team consists of 2 Health Visitors and a Nursery Nurse (located at WBCH).
Home visits are offered to new parents and their families in the 1st 6 weeks postnatally. Following that, access to baby clinics and the post natal support group is available. A developmental check is done at 8 months old and questionnaires sent at 2½ years and 3½ years old.
Other visits can be arranged by agreement between you and the Health Visitor. The Health Visitor cares for the health of the whole family.
Patients with early pregnancy symptoms should attend their GP. They will be asked to make a ‘Booking In’ appointment by the Receptionists for 8-10 weeks with the midwife following their last menstrual period.
Midwife General Enquiries: 01635 273387 (Phone Lines open 7am -9.30am every day including weekends and Bank Holidays)
Triage Lines (for labour queries)