Meet the Team

Our Doctors

Dr V G Chandrasekar (M)

GP Principle

GMC number – 4272506
Clinic days – Monday AM, Thursday and Friday
Minor operations clinic – Tuesday AM

Dr Christopher Graham Evans (M)

GP Locum

GMC Number 2648305
Clinic days – Wednesday AM and PM

Dr Evans qualified in Medicine at Guys Hospital University of London.

He was elected to be a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2012.

Before working as a sessional and locum GP, Dr Evans was for many years a partner and GP Trainer at a large Blackpool practice. 

Outside medicine, his interests include seven grandchildren, cycling, vegetable growing, researching local history, and writing. 

Dr M Manzoor (M)

GP Locum

GMC number – 6058412
Clinic Days – Tuesday

Our Nursing Team

Our Practice Nurses are qualified and are registered nurse’s, they can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and wound care management. The Practice Nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.

Nicola Finnegan (F)

Practice Nurse

Specialises in – Respiratory, Smears, Childhood Immunisations
Clinic days – Wednesday PM , Thursday , Friday

Ellen Whitaker (F)

Practice Nurse

Specialises in – Smears, Diabetes, Childhood Immunisations
Clinic days – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Ellen also assists Dr Chandrasekar with minor operations undertaken here at Beechwood Surgery on a Tuesday morning.

Our Practice Team

Joanne Page (F)

Practice Manager

Joanne joined Beechwood Surgery as the Practice Manager in September 2023 and comes with 20 years of experience working within the NHS and Early Years sectors. Joanne manages the day-to-day smooth running of the Practice, this includes ensuring the team delivers the best possible patient care to the highest of standards, health and safety activities, providing the team with learning and development opportunities, health and wellbeing, and overall practice improvements.

Outside of work Joanne enjoys spending time with family and friends, and enjoys baking, cooking, gardening, travelling and country walks.

Jayne Priestley (F)

Practice Medical Secretary

Jayne provides Medical Secretarial support to the GP’s, The Practice Manager and other members of the Primary Health Care Team. Jayne deals with patient referrals and patient queries as well as private work.

Jayne is AMSPAR qualified and has many years experience of working in both Primary & Secondary care.

Madeline Reed (F)


Maddie ensures all incoming patient correspondence is stored in patients medical records, carry out all administrative related tasks as delegated by the GP’s and non-clinical staff and offer general assistance to the practice team.

Shannon (F)

Medical Receptionist

The reception team provide a point of contact for all patients and act as a focal point of communication between patients, doctors and other medical staff.

They provide general assistance to the practice team and project a positive and friendly image to patients and other visitors, either in person or via the telephone.

Clare (F)

Medical Receptionist

Laura (F)

Medical Receptionist

Wendy (F)

Medical Receptionist

Our Attached Team

Community Teams

Primary Care Network (PCN)

Since the NHS was created in 1948, the population has grown, and people are living longer. Many people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease or suffer with mental health issues and may need to access their local health services more often.

To meet these needs, practices have begun working together and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in primary care networks.

Primary care networks (PCNs) build on the core of current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively care for the people and communities they serve. Where emerging PCNs are in place in parts of the country, there are clear benefits for patients and clinicians.

Primary care networks are based on GP registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000. They should be small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between practices and others in the local health and social care system.

PCNs form a key building block of the NHS long-term plan. Bringing general practices together to work at scale has been a policy priority for some years for a range of reasons, including improving the ability of practices to recruit and retain staff; to manage financial and estates pressures; to provide a wider range of services to patients and to more easily integrate with the wider health and care system. In addition, PCN funding provides the opportunity to recruit a more diverse skill mix into general practice, through recruitment of roles such as first contact physiotherapists, social prescribers and physician assistants.

District Nurses

If you require their services please ring 01253 957596 at 9.00am, 12 noon or between 3.00pm – 4.00pm.

Mark manages the district nursing team, they provide nursing treatment and advice to housebound and recently discharged from hospital patients. They also play a vital part in end of life care. The District Nursing Team are contactable at Thornton Health Centre on 01253 957596.

Community Matron

Mark Jackson (m)

Community Matron

Mark is our Community Matron, he works with the practice to monitor patients in their own homes who suffer from chronic disease conditions. The Community Matrons can be contacted on 01253 953268.