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Shaftesbury and Fontmell Magna

Dr Simon Horner


Simon Horner is the GP Lead for Child Protection. He also holds a Diploma in Substance Misuse and shares the inpatient care of clients at Clouds House with Dr Simone Yule. Simon represents North Dorset practices on the LMC (Local Medical Committee). He trained at Guy's Hospital in London and enjoys working in a rural area where, despite all the changes in General practice, he values the personal continuity of care of his patients.

Dr Simone Yule


Simone Yule qualified in medicine in Cardiff in 1991 and has been practicing at The Blackmore Vale Partnership for the last 21 years. She is a General Practitioner, specialising in substance misuse and treatment, Psychiatry and Women's Health.  Simone is the Locality Lead GP for North Dorset and sits on the board of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.  Simone says that she loves the variability and unpredictability of her work and the chance to work with people from all walks of life. With 2 children and 5 horses, her greatest challenge is juggling home, family, work and hobbies – whilst ‘never judging and always smiling’.

Dr Damian Patterson


Damian Patterson qualified in medicine from St George’s Hospital, London in 1992 having also completed an intercalated BSc in Anthropology at UCL. Dr Patterson has an interest in diabetes, end of life care and general internal medicine. He also enjoys the teaching of medical students and training of doctors in their final Registrar year in general practice. His greatest challenges are the mountains of paperwork accompanying modern general practice. He says however he has no regrets in his chosen profession and thoroughly enjoys the day to day clinical challenges of the job. He relishes living in beautiful North Dorset with his wife and 2 children.

Dr Katie Perkins



Katie Perkins

Katie qualified from Bristol in 1998 and completed her GP training in the South-West and Australia.
She has a special interest in skin conditions and has diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff university.
She also has an interest in Women's health and fits subdermal contraceptive implants.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, and going kayaking and skiing.


Dr James Kershaw


Dr Kershaw qualified from Manchester in 1998 and completed his GP training in Liverpool in 2005. James was a GP partner in Leigh and then Salford for 11 years before moving to North Dorset to be closer to family and friends in South Somerset. He has special interests in respiratory medicine (asthma and COPD), heart failure, general medicine and also provides joint injections for shoulders and knees. He has also recently taken on the role of lead partner for medicines management for the practice. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, mountain biking, spending time with his young family and looking up at the stars with his telescope.

Dr Jacqueline Ainsley

Salaried GP

Dr Ainsley is an experienced General Practitioner having qualified from Nottingham Medical School in 1997, working in Cornwall for 10 years and then Australia for seven. Dr Ainsley joined Blackmore Vale Partnership in 2015 to enjoy some Dorset countryside lifestyle and be closer to family.
Dr Ainsley enjoys all areas of General Practice but has special interests in women’s health, sexual health & contraception, mental health, aged care and skin issues. Procedures offered include contraceptive implant fitting and intra-uterine device (coil) fitting . Dr Ainsley is also trained in Dive and Hyperbaric medicine and can offer the Epley manoeuvre for positional vertigo.
As well as scuba diving, in her spare time, Dr Ainsley enjoys country walks, yoga, eating out, and travel.

Dr Jeremy Ferguson

Salaried GP

Dr Camilla Johnson

Salaried GP

Dr James Wales

Dr James Wales joined the practice at Abbey View in August 2016.  Profile and picture to follow shortly.

Sturminster Newton and Marnhull

Dr Duncan Ward



Dr Ward qualified from the University of London and the Royal Free Hospital in 1994 and worked in hospital medicine for some years before training to be a GP in Devon.  Duncan was a GP Partner in a practice in London before deciding to relocate to Sherborne with his wife Dr Anne-Marie O'Carroll. Since his move to Dorset, Duncan has been working in Yeovil.  In his spare time Duncan enjoys Opera and travel with his family.

Dr Brigid Greenup



Dr Greenup

Brigid joined us at the practice in July 2007.  She qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1986 and did her GP training in Weymouth. She worked as a GP Partner in Weymouth for 15 years following a break, during which she worked for the Contraceptive Service. Brigid enjoys her work as a GP, she is married with two teenage children and has a Westie called Monty.

Dr Hannah Parker

Salaried GP

Dr Parker

Dr Julian Rippin


Salaried GP


Dr Rippin grew up in a village north of Oxford.
In his life before Medicine he worked in factories, delivered boilers and worked as a fully-qualified driving instructor in Notting Hill !  After eighteen years in London, where he did a few Degrees, and worked as a Clinical Biochemist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Great Ormond Street, he headed north to Nottingham to study Medicine, where he met his wife, (who is also a GP).
After qualifying as a doctor he undertook training in General Medicine, then, as his family grew he changed to General Practice.  Dr Rippin's passions are for his family, Welsh rugby his double bass and a secret desire to one day be a stand-up comedian. He can't think of anywhere better to live and work than North Dorset.
Dr Chris Bridson

MB WS Westminster 1983 - MRCGP DipOM

Salaried GP

Dr Bridson

Father of five grown up children and GP Partner for 25 yrs, I'm now enjoying some freedom from responsibility and able to focus on Patients needs rather than the latest Government initiative.
Exclusively doing the job which I trained for is a privilege and remains an honor. Whilst I now only have to work three days a week, I have rediscovered the satisfaction in being a GP.
I hope this enables me to give you and the Practice a great service.

Dr Lucy Bowden

Salaried GP

Dr Bowden

Having qualified in Manchester I lived in the North West, and worked as a GP partner in Bury for nearly 10 years. I moved to Dorset with my young family in 2016 for a change of pace. I enjoy the variety of general practice, and have an interest in Women’s health and mental health. In my spare time I enjoy attempting to maintain my fitness with parkrun on a Saturday morning, and exploring the Dorset countryside.

Training Practice/ Registrars

The practice is a training practice, which means that we take students from a number of teaching hospitals to give them experience of general practice. We also train GPs, these are known as GP registrars and they work with the practice for 6 or 12-month periods.

You may be given an appointment with our registrar who is a fully qualified doctor undergoing supervised training to become a GP.  You may be asked if your consultation can be recorded on a video camera.  The recording is then used in a strictly confidential manner, within the surgery, to help patients get the best from these consultations

We wish to thank all our patients for allowing these students and doctors to see them and to sit in on consultations with them. Without this it would not be possible to train the doctors of the future.

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