Dr Elizabeth Batley

MBBS (Newcastle 1996) MRCGP (distinction) DRCOG

I was born in Oldham and came to Newcastle University in 1991 achieving my medical degree in 1996. I did my first year as a doctor studying medicine at Newcastle R.V.I. this included jobs in haematology (problems bloods) and endocrinology (problems hormones). I then did my basic surgical training at Whitehaven Hospital in West Cumberland this included general surgery but also some orthopaedics.

In 1997 I started my specialist GP training my first job was at Seaton Hirst Medical Group near Ashington it was during this time that I met Dr Lambourn we became friends due to a mutual love of walking and mountain biking. I then did further training jobs in obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, community paediatrics and palliative care at St. Oswald's Hospice, Newcastle this was a very special job and sparked my interest in palliative care. I have carried this on recently by being involved with the north Northumberland group that develops palliative care services in this area.

My final GP placement was in Leadgate near Shotley Bridge. After a few months travelling I took up a position as a GP partner in Crawcrook Surgery, Gateshead. I worked here for over 3 years. I then changed jobs to work in Benwell, West Newcastle this job involved dealing with lots of people from different backgrounds there is a large ethnic non-English speaking and asylum-seeker population as well as a local population with high levels of poverty.

I joined Burnhouse Surgery, Wooler in April 2006 as a GP partner although I enjoyed my previous jobs in urban areas and very deprived inner city areas, I really enjoy working as a rural GP in a small practice. I particularly like the fact that I have the opportunity to know my patients not just as individuals or families but as part of a close wider community. As well as being a GP in Wooler over the last few years I have been involved in GP commissioning. I have worked in setting up palliative care and also cancer pathways; particularly the management of prostate cancer.

I passionately believe in delivering high quality services locally to rural populations and hope that by being involved in commissioning I will be a part of developing these services for the community. I also enjoy swimming and, when it is snowing, hiking around the countryside to do visits and attend meetings.

Outside of work I enjoy cycling, walking, visiting beaches, museums, castles and zoos with our children. Growing up I was always very interested in sport I swam and did gymnastics at county level. I enjoyed music particularly singing, sang in choirs, Gilbert and Sullivan amateur dramatics and most recently Berwick Art Choir. My other real passion is travelling. I was lucky enough to get a chance to work in Australia when I stood in as a medical student I travelled back via Asia and fell in love with it. I also enjoy skiing and hope that now I live in Scotland I might get the opportunity to do this more.