Caroline Douglas - Practice Manager

I joined the practice back in April 1992 as a secretary and dispenser when I was 21 years of age. I qualified as a dispenser having completed the Dispensing Course run by the Care Trust. I moved on to assisting with the management of the practice and completed my Diploma in Practice Management in July 1998 from Northumbria University. From that time I took on more and more responsibilities of running the practice.

My main roles include all aspects of practice management, patient feedback and communication, payroll and staffing, accounting, budgets, assisting with the GP Registrars and Medical Students also tutoring when they require input on management. Although challenging I do enjoy my work here especially when we receive positive feedback from our patients.

GP Registrars

This Practice trains junior doctors. They are fully qualified and have already done training in hospitals. You can expect them to provide a full range of GP services. If they are not certain about what to do they will ask a more senior colleague for advice. Thank you for seeing them.

Dr Julia Pennington

MBChB (University of Dundee 2012). DFSRH (2018)

I am now in my final year of GP training having worked in two other Northumberland GP practices in addition to placements in Accident and Emergency, sexual health and general medicine as part of the general practice training program.

This current role in Wooler is part of an integrated training program in rural general practice for one year which is a brand new program and means I will be working part-time in the practice but will spend the rest of my time gaining experience in other areas of medicine relevant to working in a rural location and this will include areas such as older age psychiatry, dermatology and palliative care to name a few. I graduated from the University of Dundee in 2012 and prior to starting my GP training, I completed my foundation training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead and worked as a psychiatry registrar in New Zealand for a year.

When I'm not at work, I love to be outdoors and enjoy running, hillwalking, mountain biking and walking my dog. At home I enjoy reading, cooking and I am trying to learn to knit which is a slow learning process!

Vera Skeen
Senior Receptionist

Amy Scott

Alison Price

Harriet Fortune
Dispenser/Medicines Manager

Shirley Porteous

District Nurses

Clinics by appointment Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 11.00am -12.00 noon

Community Matron Elaine Redmond
Staff Nurse Cath Birdsall
Staff Nurse Madaline Norris
HCA Linda McTaggart
Staff Nurse Pauline Woods
Staff Nurse Cath Birdsall
Staff Nurse Gill Sommerville
Staff Nurse Margaret Thompson


The community paramedics are fully trained paramedics who work alongside the doctors, nurses and other staff as part of the primary care team. They are particularly skilled and equipped for the assessment of major problems and life support and also work in assessment of minor injuries, taking bloods and cardiograms, and education of patients on various topics.

The community paramedics work closely with and liaise with all members of the primary care team, and work 24 hours a day, seven days a week virtually always be the professional you see first following a 999 call.