Our Staff


Dr Simon Coomber

Partner MB BS MRCGP (Newcastle) 1984

Surgeries Monday, Tuesday. Dr Coomber has been a GP at the Bewicke Medical Centre Surgery since 1990. He is the pharmacy lead at the practice and works closely with our community pharmacist. Dr Coomber has a real passion for teaching and mentors our attached Junior Doctor at F2 Grade and supports in the teaching of medical students from Newcastle University. He does joint injections and remains a generalist covering all patients for physical and mental health conditions. Dr Coomber will be reducing his surgery sessions and will only be available Monday and Tuesday. Due to the reduction in hours some patients may have been allocated a new usual GP so we can continue to provide the best level of care. This does not mean that you can not see Dr Coomber for future appointments.

Dr Alison Petrie

Partner BM BS MRCGP DCH DFFP (Nottingham) 1989

Surgeries- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Dr Petrie is one of the GP tutors for undergraduate medical students at the practice.She is also involved with early clinical and community experience for 1st year medical students. This involves the medical students first visit to primary care as she is dedicated in supporting the development of future doctors into general practice. A clinical lead for Diabetes and her interests include women's health, contraception (coil and implant fitting)

Dr Emma Swarbrick

MBChB MRCGP (Dundee)2000

Surgeries - Monday & Tuesday AM

Dr Sarah Cooke

Partner BM BS MRCGP DCH DFFP (Nottingham) 1989

Surgeries- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Dr Kirstin Richardson

Partner MB ChB MRCGP DFFP (Glasgow) 1996

Surgeries - Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Dr Richardson qualified as a GP in 2003 and has been at the Bewicke Medical Centre since 2006. Her interests are Mental Health, Pain Management and Women's Health. She fits intrauterine devices (Coils) for contraception and heavy menstrual bleeding, and implants for contraception. She is the practice lead for the North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and the Wallsend Locality Director for the CCG and so is involved in policy making and priorities for health in our area. Dr Richardson also works in the Extended Hours Service for Wallsend, providing routine appointments at weekends.

Dr Darren Simpson

Surgeries- Monday AM ,Thursday and Friday

Dr Tiru Matla

Partner MBBS MRCGP DFFP 1999

Surgeries - Tuesday am, Thursday and Friday all day

Dr Zeenat Rahman


Surgeries Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Nurse Practitioners

Lisa Clarke

Surgeries- All Week

Carolyn Pine

Surgeries Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday

Jackie Lincoln


Jackie examines patients on her own and treats minor illnesses. She can prescribe and do referrals but does not give fit notes. Surgeries Tuesday AM & Thursday PM and All day Friday.


Our Practice Nurses provide chronic disease management; cervical smears; childhood vaccinations; smoking cessation; travel vaccines and advice and contraceptive services. There will be a charge for some travel vaccines such as Hep B.

Jen Dodds


Healthcare Assistants

Our Healthcare Assistant carries out new patient checks; takes blood and offers routine blood pressure checks as well as doing some elements of the chronic disease management.


A team of around 12 administrative staff ensure the smooth running of the surgery.

Community Midwives

The Midwives attached to our Practice provide specialist ante-natal care in the surgery and post-natal care at home.

Community Nurses

The Community Nurses (District Nurses) attached to our Practice provide wound management; continence care and assessment; palliative/terminal care; catheter care. They work both in the surgery and in the home. The District Nurses are not based in the surgery. To contact a District Nurse call 0191 2380044 Out of Hours 0845 6080320.

Health Visitors

The Health Visitors attached to our Practice provide a range of services for children and their families including child health surveillance, immunisations and well baby clinics. Their telephone contact number is 0191 2968401.