Specialist Nurses

Sister Alison Wilkinson


Alison is our joint Lead Nurse and has been at Gloucester Road Medical Centre for over 30 years (starting in 1988). Over her time at the practice she has developed herself with support from the Doctors and practice. Alison specialises in diabetes, particularly Type 1 diabetes and more complex Type 2 diabetes.  Her other roles include being part of the nurse urgent care system, assisting both with telephone calls and urgent care appointments. Alison’s other clinical speciality is contraception and sexual health. She fits contraceptive implants. 

Alison is a keen cycler but has recently acquired an e-bike, great for the hills! She has also done pilates for many years which she highly recommends.

Sister Helen Russell


Helen Russell is our joint lead nurse. Helen is a very experienced practice nurse and has been at Gloucester Road Medical Centre for 13 years. She is the lead respiratory nurse and also the lead nurse/mentor for the student nurses we have placed with us for 2-3 months several times a year. Helen also leads on childhood immunisations and performs cervical smears.

Helen is an avid knitter and sings with the Gasworks Community Choir in her spare time.


All nurses within the team are very experienced; in addition to routine nursing care, complex dressings, contraception, sexual health screening and cervical smears, the nurses also provide comprehensive care for patients with long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes.

Some of the nursing team also provide support, within our urgent care service, for patients with minor illness; patients requesting a same-day appointment or urgent assistance throughout the day will be offered a telephone call-back by the Urgent Care Doctor or Urgent Care Nurse and will be offered a face-to-face appointment, if needed, following telephone assessment.  

Sister Amy Virdi


Amy started her nursing career at Gloucester Road Medical Centre in 2011 following a placement at the surgery as a student nurse. Currently working towards her MSc in Advanced Practice, she undertakes all aspects of treatment room, working towards specialisms within both respiratory and urgent care.

As a mum to 3 children, her home life is very busy. When she is not on the side-lines of a rugby/football pitch she enjoys running and can often been seen gallivanting around the local area with her running group.

Sister Gill Wattam


Gill started her nursing career in 1986 and took some time out to raise her family.  She returned to practice at Gloucester Road Medical Centre in 2013, successfully completing her Return to Practice Course at the end of 2015.  She has since completed a Diploma in Minor Illness and gained her Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification.  At the practice, Gill is involved in all aspects of the Treatment Room and specialises in Dementia and Urgent Care.  Outside of work, Gill is kept busy with her two children and two energetic dogs.

Sister Sue Richardson

Sue joined the practice in June 2017 as a treatment room  nurse.  Her responsibilities include; childhood immunisations, travel clinic , seeing patients with Learning Difficulties for review and health promotion work.  Sue has recently started her training to undertake smears.

Outside of work Sue's three children keep her busy, along with playing tennis and singing in a choir. 

Sister Victoria Anning


Victoria joined the practice in 2018.  She has an active role in treatment room care.  Victoria has an interest in long-term conditions and recently completed a diploma in diabetes.

Victoria specialised as a learning disability nurse.  Therefore, is very passionate in meeting the health needs of people with a learning disability.

When not at work, Victoria is a busy and proud Mum.  In her spare time she enjoys pottering in the garden, long country walks and is a huge movie fan.

Sister Kathryn Dawson


Kat joined the practice in June 2019.  She has an active role in the urgent care service, assisting both with telephone calls and urgent care appointments.  Prior to joining Gloucester Road Medical Centre, Kat specialised in Accident and Emergency. Kat is due to undertake her non-medical prescribing course. Outside of work Kate is a very busy, proud Mum of two and when she isn't running around after them she enjoys going out for a run with her local running group.

Sister Emma Andrews


Emma joined the practice in September 2019. 

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement, dressings, spirometry (lung function test) and smoking cessation advice. They also carry our NHS health checks (click here for further information). They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

Emilia Wisniewska


Ayuka Clark


Sarah Stacey


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