Patient Group Newsletter

December 2020


Medical Team

Dr Penny Hipwell (f) MB, BS, DRCOG
Registered 1986 London GP and Practice Partner

Dr Mike J Richardson (m) BSc, MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP
Registered 1988 Manchester GP and Practice Partner

Dr Kathryn Newell (f) MB, ChB, DRCOG, MRCGP DFFPP
Registered 1993  Edinburgh GP and Practice Partner

Dr G. K. Sabine Lijesen (f) MRCGP, DFFP, DRCOG
Registered 1996 Free University of Amsterdam GP and Practice Partner

Dr Ian Cash (m) BM, Dip IMC RCS (Ed) GP



Dr Rukhsar Akhtar


Nurse Team

Clair McGregor (f) MSc, BA (Hons) SPDN, RGN
Community Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Vicky Ward
Lead Nurse


Practice Team

Practice Manager - Carol Beesley
Responsible for all areas of administration, staff,  HR, accounts and facilities.

Dispensary Supervisor – Nella Aioanei
Responsible for Dispensary matters and staff.

Patient Services Team Lead - Kirsty Knight
Responsible for Reception matters and staff.


Staff Changes

  • We wish a fond farewell to Jane Purslow Reception) on 9 December and would like to thank her for her service to Oundle Lakeside. We wish her well in her retirement.
  • We wish Nella Aioanei (Dispensary) a fond farewell as she goes on maternity leave in January 2021.
  • We wish a fond farewell to Shelley Bashran as she moves to pastures new.   We wish her success for the future. 
  • We would like to welcome Vicky Ward to the practice as our new Lead Nurse since 1 October 2020.

Social Prescribing - What is it?

Social prescribing, also sometimes known as community referral, is a means of enabling health professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. The referrals generally, but not exclusively, come from professionals working in primary care settings, for example, GPs or practice nurses.  

Recognising that people’s health and wellbeing are determined mostly by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.  

Social Prescriber Link Worker: Lynn Brice:


COVID 19 – Help & Support in Oundle

Volunteer ActionVolunteers area able to get shopping and prescriptions for people, please call them on  01832 275433 Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm.  Can also take people to medical appointments

Oundle School Community Action: Will collect and deliver shopping for people in Oundle.  (Please check if school is still open and offering this service)  Mon-Fri 01832 277267

Oundle Care and Share  (Facebook based closed group):  Facebook group for volunteers and those in need of help.  Set up specifically in response to Covid19 situation.   You will need to join the group to access it.

Elton and Warmington Care and Share: There is an offshoot group for Elton & Warmington

Oundle Foodbank:  Is still operating but people need a referral, they can’t just turn up.  For info go to:  

Age UK Northamptonshire: They can help people in Northants  with shopping including delivery and online assistance.  Contact them on 01604 611200, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.

Government Vulnerable person’s registration scheme:  Self-registration or register someone on their behalf if they are unable to access food and medication due to self-isolation AND they fall into the


Medication Changes

Ever wondered why your medicines look different from one month to the next?

The Local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) frequently reviews the medicines that the surgery prescribe with a view to using the most cost-effective medicines. The new medicines they recommend, and which are prescribed, are usually the branded or the generic version of the actual drug, and even though the medicine may look, feel or taste different, patients can be assured that it is as safe and effective as the original prescription that they previously received. 


Surgery Telephone Operation During Covid

The Practice remains open and if you need to contact your GP, please ring us on 01832 273408.  Our opening hours are 8 am - 6.30 pm Monday to Friday.

To protect you from COVID-19, the GP will try to help you remotely and then may see you face-to-face, if deemed clinically necessary and appropriate. 


Oundle Patient Participation Group (OPPG)

Who we are!

The Oundle Patient Participation Group (OPPG) has been in existence since 2010 and acts as the patients ‘voice’ with respect to the Oundle Lakeside Medical Practice. The OPPG’s role is to inform, consult and advise the Practice on issues relating to patients health and well being. The group is made up of various representatives including local residents, parents, pensioners and volunteers from local community organisations.  We meet regularly to discuss relevant topics of interest to patients.

We are always looking to recruit new members and if you are interested in taking part, or require more information, you can contact the OPPG by email at:

Or if you have any issues you wish us to raise at our next meeting please contact us at the email above.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2021!