Our Staff


We have male and female doctors and a range of languages are spoken within the team. If you have any particular requests please ask the receptionist when booking your appointment.

Dr Y Abdalla

Special Interests: Minor Surgery, Dermatology. Dr Abdalla is available Tuesday and Thursday PM at our Astley Dale branch.

Dr M Athar


Dr Athar completed his General Practice training from Chester UK. His interests include Medicine for the Elderly and Child Health. Moreover, Dr Athar is a trainer and clinical supervisor for FY2 doctors. He likes to read books and play Golf. Dr Athar is available: Monday, AM & PM, Tuesday AM at our Market Surgery branch, Thursday, Friday AM & PM at our Little Lever branch, Dr Athar also provides weekly Saturday Morning sessions at our Astley Dale branch.

Dr A Wright

Foundation Year Tutor, GP Tutor, Manchester Medical School

Special Interests: Emergency Medicine, Joint Injections. Dr Wright is available Monday, at our Astley Dale branch, Tuesday - Friday at our Ladybridge branch.

Dr A Baig

Dr Baig is available term time Monday, AM & PM, Tuesday AM, Wednesday, Friday AM at our Astley Dale branch.

Dr P Parr

Chair Clinical Advisory Group, GP Tutor, Manchester Medical School

Special Interests: Female Health. Dr Parr is available, Monday, Tuesday AM & PM at Ladybridge branch, Wednesday AM at Market Surgery branch.

Dr A Dysart

GP Tutor, Manchester Medical School

Special Interests: Palliative Care. Dr Dysart is available Mondays.

Dr K Simmons

Dr Simmons is originally from Wigan. She studied at the University of Manchester and trained as a GP in Bolton. She has experience in a variety of medical specialities, but particularly she has an interest in Women's health. She has previously worked in Bolton Hospice for 6 months which has given her an excellent background in caring for patients with palliative care needs. Outside of work, she is a busy married mother of two, and enjoys cooking and the theatre. Dr Simmons is available Wednesday AM, Little lever branch, Thursday AM & PM, Friday AM at our Market Surgery branch.

Dr Lydia Arnold

I am Dr Lydia Arnold, a new GP at Bolton Community Practice. I went to medical school at the University of Manchester and did both my Foundation and GP training in Bolton. After working as a GP in Bolton after completing my training, I spent a few years working as a GP in Melbourne, Australia. I have recently returned home to Manchester and look forward to working with the team at Bolton Community Practice. I enjoy all aspects of being a GP - the variety of work, continuity of care and being the first point of contact for patients. In my spare time I love being outside, seeing the world. I love running, walking and listening to music.

Dr Zaheer Khonat

Dr Khonat trained at the University of Liverpool and completed his GP training in Bolton. Clinical interests include men’s health and chronic disease management. He is involved in the teaching and training of students at the Universities of Bolton, Manchester and Liverpool. He sits as a tribunal member for fitness to practice hearings at the MPTS. Outside of work he is part chef, father and an aviation enthusiast.

Emergency Care Practitioner

Gari Jones

Vulnerable Adult Co-ordinator

Available Tuesday-Friday

Emma Glover

Nurse Practitioners

The nurse team have undertaken extensive training and are highly skilled to deliver quality health care to our practice population. We provide Minor Illness clinics, and specialist clinics for long term conditions such as asthma, diabetes, COPD and high blood pressure.

Karen Robinson


Sharon Blay

Specialist Practice Nurse

Jennifer Yardley

Practice Nurse

Eleanor Whitfield

Practice Nurse

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

Lorraine Steele

Practice Management

Bernie Gildea

Director of Operations and Performance

The Director of Operations and Performance is involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology. The Director of Operations & Performance supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and also helps to develop extended services to enhance patient care.

Natalie Preece

Operations Manager

Sarah Webster

Chair of Staff Advisory Group and Operations Manager

Kieran Ward

Practice Manager

Kieran is based at our Market Surgery branch of Bolton Community Practice. He looks after teams and manages the senior receptionists. Named person to contact regarding feedback, complaints, compliments.

Michelle Hudson

Deputy Manager

Deputy Manager Little lever Surgery and Ladybridge Surgery. Michelle is based at Little Lever.


Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with financial claims, dealing with patient records and carrying out searches and practice audits. Our reception team aim to provide excellent customer service. The team consists of Ghazala, Momo, Karen, Marjorie, Donna, Sajjad, Nina, Sheila, Ann, Debra, Serash, Kiera, Kamran, Catherine and Nefthalie.

Chloe Darlington-Hayes

Senior Receptionist based at Astley-Dale Branch


Saika Bi

Tasneem Kothia

Tasneem is our neighbourhood Pharmacist and will be available, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.

Attached Staff

We have a range of staff that work for our practice across our Neighbourhoods. In Bolton each GP practice have been allocated into neighbourhoods. As we have multiple sites we are in 3 neighbourhoods: Ladybridge and Market Surgery are in the Horwich neighbourhood, Little Lever are in the Breightmet & Little lever neighbourhood and Astley- Dale are in the Crompton & Halliwell neighbourhood. Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group have been doing some work on new ways of working and have recruited new staff across the neighbourhoods. Across our neighbourhoods we have a neighbourhood pharmacist, these are trained staff that work very closely with our clinical team and look at our prescribing, the pharmacists will also support our GPS in issuing medications that our patients may request, they will link in and communicate with the local Community Pharmacists if problems arise with prescriptions or to help one of our patients.