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Dr Helen Akester

Special interests in diabetes and women’s health

Qualified in 1989 from Nottingham University Medical School. Postgraduate work included three years on the South Lincolnshire Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice and six months in the Casualty Department of the Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Qualifications B Med Sci (Bachelor of Medicine Sciences, 1987 Nottingham)
BM BS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, 1989 Nottingham)
DRCOG (Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 1993)
MRCGP (Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners 1993)
DFFP (Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning 1993)
Certificate in Diabetes Care (Warwick University)

Dr Gareth R Roberts

Special interests in drug/alcohol misuse and in travel health.

Qualified in 1994 from Manchester University. He completed the GP Training Scheme in Northallerton and after working in various posts in Yorkshire and County Durham he joined the practice in 2003. He is a GP Trainer, supervising doctors doing their GP training in the surgery. He represents the practice on the Harrogate & Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group. As well as working in the practice he works half a day a week for the community addiction service in Bishop Auckland, and is Honorary Medical Advisor to the youth development charity Raleigh International.
Qualifications BSc (Hons) (Bachelor of Science, Manchester University)
MB ChB (Hons) (Medical Degree, Manchester University)
MRCGP (Member of Royal College of General Practitioners) Certificate in Management of Drug Misuse, Royal College of General Practitioners

Dr Elizabeth Gardner

Special interest in dermatology

Qualified from the University of Sheffield Medical School in 2001, Dr Gardner then worked in A & E and Orthopaedics in two of the London Teaching Hospitals. In 2004 she moved to Yorkshire to complete GP training and joined the practice as a partner in 2008. She has completed the Barts and London post graduate diploma in dermatology, with distinction, in 2013. As well as dermatology, she enjoys all aspects of General Practice, especially child and young adult health.
Qualifications MRCGP (Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners)
MB ChB (Medical Degree, University of Sheffield)
Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology (University of London)

Dr Angela Wright

Special interests Palliative Care and Women's Health

Qualified in 2002 from the University of Leeds. From here, she completed house jobs at Bradford Royal Infirmary and three years of GP training with Airedale District Hospital. After passing her Membership of the Royal College of GPs, she worked as a GP for 3 years in Harrogate before joining Masham and Kirkby surgeries as a Partner in 2010. Dr Wright has particular experience in end of life care and worked at St Michaels Hospice for 8 years, having completed a 2yr Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University.

Dr Wright is the practice Safeguarding lead, and has a special interest in Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She has recently undertaken a 2 yr Diploma in Clinical Sexology (the study of sexual dysfunction including psychosexual medicine) and completed the ESSM Advanced School of Sexual Medicine in Budapest in November 2019. She passed the Fellowship of the European Committee for Sexual Medicine exam in Prague in January 2020. She is completing her Advanced Menopause Certificate to become a British Menopause Society Accredited Menopause Specialist by early 2020. She fits coils and implants on a Tuesday morning at Masham.

Qualifications MRCGP (Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners) – 2007
Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine (Cardiff University 2010 – Distinction)
Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health – 2009
FECSM - 2020

Dr James Freer

Special interest in Minor Surgery

Qualified in 2008 from University of Leicester Medical School, having previously gained a degree in psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor. Dr Freer spent his junior doctor years in Leeds and Harrogate before training on the Northallerton GP training scheme.
Training jobs have included several specialities such as ENT, Paediatrics and Psychiatry to name but a few.
Dr Freer enjoys all aspects of General Practice and as a medical student trainer hopes to encourage and mentor those who are soon to be junior doctors.
Dr Freer performs a variety of minor surgery procedures within the surgery including ingrowing toenail removal, joint injections, minor skin excisions.
Qualifications MBChB (Medical Degree, Leicester University)
BSc Bachelor of Science Psychology (Hons) (University of Wales)

Doctors in Training and Medical Students

The practice has been approved for the training of doctors in general practice. Dr Roberts usually has a registrar working with him. These doctors are fully qualified and in the final stage of training before entering a practice of their own. You may be asked permission for your consultations with the doctor to be video-taped for training purposes. At various times during the year for two week periods, a medical student from either Imperial College Hospital, London or Leeds University sits in on consultations and accompanies the doctors on their visits to patients. Currently Dr Gardner and Dr Freer are working with medical students from Leeds University.

It is recognised that patients may prefer not to be seen by a registrar or medical student. If this is the case please indicate your wishes to a member of the reception staff. If, however, you are prepared to allow the medical student or registrar to see you, this will be much appreciated.

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