All our patients are allocated a ‘Usual Doctor’ (or doctors). The Patients Services Team can keep you updated on your named doctor as and when you contact the practice. The reason we use the usual doctor system is that it ensures that patients have continuity of care from a doctor that knows them and who they know. This is particularly important with people who are frail or vulnerable or where they have a complex medical condition. We recognise it is not for everybody, particularly patients who don’t mind who they see they just want quick access. We would remind you that we provide a lot of self-help information through our website, and we are quite advanced compared to other practices. We have some very highly skilled nurses and advanced nurse practitioners who are almost always available on the same day that can deal with almost all of your concerns or questions until your usual doctor is next available.
Dr Justin Amery
Dr Justin Amery has been a GP at Bury Knowle since 1994. He is a GP trainer, children’s hospice doctor and medical student tutor. He has published widely in the areas of children’s palliative care and professional development. He has a particular interest in child health and palliative care, but enjoys seeing patients with any problems.
Dr Melissa Holden
Dr Holden qualified as a GP in 2001, having trained in Oxford and Stoke Mandeville. She is our clinical systems & IT lead and one of the doctors involved in managing the practice. She is our lead GP for mental health and addictions and our menopause specialist. Her other areas of interest are women’s health, dermatology & minor surgery, musculoskeletal problems but enjoys seeing patients with any problems. You’ll often see Dr Holden around and about on her bike. She has a passion for yoga & travelling.
Dr Meriel Raymond
Dr. Raymond is a GP with experience of working in rural South Africa. As well as her GP work Meriel works with the Oxford Vaccine Group helping to develop new vaccines. Prior to her work in South Africa she worked as a locum GP in various practices in Dorset. She has an interest in natural family planning.
Dr Niroshan Neminathan
Dr Neminathan qualified from St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London in 2013 and completed GP training at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. He is passionate about Digital Health and Cardiology, but enjoys seeing patients with any problem. He also enjoys photography and is a sports car enthusiast.
Dr Rainu Neminathan
Dr Neminathan qualified from St. George’s Hospital Medical School in 2013 and undertook her GP training in London. She is interested in acute medicine and innovation in primary care. She enjoys dance, badminton and travelling.
Dr Laura Watson
Dr Laura Watson qualified as a GP in 2003 and has worked in the UK and abroad, as well as in the Emergency department at the John Radcliffe for the last 5 years. She has a wide range of experience and interests including urgent care, women’s health, tropical/expedition/event medicine and sports and exercise medicine. She is also passionate about the impact of lifestyle on health.
James completed his GP training at Hedena and is delighted to return. He will be working two days a week across different sites.
Dr Ishraga Awad
Dr Ishraga Awd is interested in wellbeing and the prevention of long term physical and mental conditions through lifestyle medicine practices.
Dr Andrew Collins
Dr Andrew Collins is a medical graduate of University College Cork, Ireland. After his General Practice training in 1995, he spent almost nine years living and working in Africa before moving to a general practice in the UK. He is a GP trainer and his special interests include tropical/travel medicine and minor surgery.
Dr Karen Bateman
Dr Bateman has been working in Oxford since she qualified as a GP in 1997 apart from 2 years in Uganda where she was involved in a palliative care programme. She remains interested in all aspects of general practice, as well as medical students and GPs training.
Dr Luke Allen
Dr Allen qualified from Bristol University in 2012 and is now in his final years of GP training. He works part-time as a health researcher at Oxford University. He also has experience working with the World Health Organisation on prevention and public health.
Dr Alexander Finlayson
Alexander is a GP Academic Clinical Fellow at Oxford University. He is particularly interested in mental health but likes to see patients with any condition. Alexander has some background in genetics and global health. He is interested in teaching and runs the graduate entry medicine programme at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He also likes to ski and play the bagpipes.
Dr Margaret Stewart
Dr Margaret Stewart has returned to general practice after a career break looking after her children and elderly parents. She enjoys practising yoga and spending time with her children and cats.
Dr Shameq Sayeed
Dr Sayeed graduated from the University of Oxford in 2009. He completed an MSc in Epidemiology (LSHTM) in 2013, during which time he worked with the Cancer Epidemiology Unit in Oxford researching cancers in India, and in ethnic minorities within the UK. He has recently completed his academic training in general practice, and joins Hedena this year (2017) as a GP. He has an interest in the breadth of general practice and emergency medicine, as well as the development of primary care in non-UK settings.