Meet the Team


Dr John Pettit

BM MRCGP (Reg 1988 Southampton) –


I was born in Australia of English parents and brought up in South Devon. I graduated from Southampton Medical School and then completed my GP training in Bristol, Poole and Cairns Australia. I became a ¾ time partner here in 1996, with interests in heart disease prevention, Western medical acupuncture, sports medicine and mental health. When I am not in the surgery, I represent the practice as a Clinical Director of our Primary Care Network, and have since 2008 worked as an Appraiser of other local GPs.  I have four grown up children and live in Nailsworth. My interests include photography, oil painting, mindfulness, motorcycling and fitness training.

Dr Anna Le

MBBS FRACGP DRACOG DFFP (Reg 1989 Sydney Australia)


Trained and Qualified in Australia (Sydney) 1989 I worked in hospital medicine before moving to the UK in 1998. My introduction to General Practice was as a Registrar at the Surgery where I benefitted from having being trained by my enthusiastic trainer and great friend the late Dr Christopher Townsend. In 1991 I became a part time clinical partner and my areas of interest are child health surveillance, women’s health, sexual health medicine, family planning (including coil fitting) and dermatology. I currently do 6 sessions a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).

Dr Tom Estcourt


My medical training was in Bristol University and University College Hospital, London. I love working as a GP seeing the full range of medical problems. I hold a regular minor surgery clinic and am particularly interested in skin problems, medicine for the elderly and medical education.

Dr Laura Haynes



I was born in Stroud and have come full circle having lived in Devon and Yorkshire. I qualified at Leeds in 2000, then trained as a GP in the Yorkshire Dales before working in central Bradford. I’ve worked in Malmesbury since 2006. My particular areas of interest are Family Planning, Child Health, Epilepsy and Education. I live near Stroud with my husband and daughters. In my spare time I love outdoor adventures.

Dr Chris Philips

MB ChB MRCGP Dip. Derm


I grew up in Swindon and moved to Aberdeen to embark on my medical training. I graduated in 2004 and worked in the Highlands and then New Zealand before returning to Swindon to complete my medical training. I have worked in Malmesbury for the last 12 years and my interests within medicine include Orthopaedics and Dermatology and I hold a diploma in Dermatology. Outside work I enjoy outdoor activities including skiing, scuba diving and hiking.

Dr James Hanslip



I joined the Practice in March 2015. I grew up in the south of England before leaving to study medicine in Liverpool. I graduated in 2004 and worked in various hospital specialties, particularly surgery and emergency medicine, before embarking on GP training. After qualifying as a GP I joined a partnership in Liverpool where I worked for 4 years. After 15 happy years in Liverpool we decided to relocate to the south to be nearer to family. I have particular interests in musculoskeletal and sports medicine, dermatology and minor surgery. But most of all I enjoy the variety that general practice brings. My wife is a doctor and we have 2 children.

Dr. Liz Johnson

MRCGP (2004), DFSRH (2003), DRCOG, MB ChB, (1999 Bristol)

Joined the Practice in April 2015.


I trained in Bristol and have worked in North Somerset and Gloucestershire before moving to Malmesbury. I enjoy the variety of General Practice and getting to know patients and their families. My interests include chronic disease, mental health, paediatrics and women’s health. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my two young children.

Dr Melanie Blackman



I trained at Birmingham University and spent a couple of years working in anaesthetics before moving into GP training in Cumbria. I moved to London and spent 2 years as a partner in Wembly before moving to Wiltshire. I then spent 23 years as a partner in a practice in Chippenham until H June 2019 when I decided to reduce my hours and joined Malmesbury in September 2019.

My interest include Child Health and Women’s Health along with the complete variety of general practice issues and I have been involved in teaching medical students over many years.

Outside work I enjoy running, cycling and most outdoor activities.

Dr. Mark Gillam


After a short break I have returned to work at Malmesbury working three sessions a week.

Dr Yuka Ikegaya


I joined the practice in August 2017, having completed my GP training in the local area. I am originally from Hong Kong and am half Japanese. I also have a degree in International Health and really enjoy traveling in my spare time. I enjoy the variety of being a GP and love working in Malmesbury. Outside of work, I am a busy mum to two very spirited twin girls.

Dr Thomas Winwood


I joined the practice in 2017 having completed my General Practice training in Wiltshire.

I studied medicine at the University of Bristol. During my training I developed clinical interests in paediatric and respiratory medicine. Along the way I have become increasingly involved in the application of quality improvement science to primary care and do this through working with the NHS England Primary Care Transformation Team. It is a privilege working at a GP surgery where there is a genuine and shared passion to see sustained, continual improvement in the care offered to patients and the working lives of the staff team. Outside of work my great joy is spending time with my family and being part of my local church family.

Dr Saunders


I grew up in Devon and trained in Yorkshire. I began my medical career by specialising in anaesthetics and intensive care in Norfolk, but I began to miss talking to my patients and so moved to Bath to start and complete my GP training. Outside of work I am an avid equestrian and  I’m married to a Royal Marine. We have two sons which keep us busy and we enjoy being outside whatever the weather.

GP Registrars

In addition to providing general medical services the practice also undertakes continuing education and training of GP registrars and other health care professionals working at the practice. GP registrars are fully qualified doctors who have chosen general practice as a career, and who will be gaining valuable experience by being based at our practice.

They provide care of the same standard provided by the other doctors. Occasionally GP registrars are required to video record their consultations-however patients full approval will be sought beforehand and patients should not feel obliged to agree if they do not wish their visit to be recorded.

What they do…

GPClinical Interests
Dr PettitHeart Disease Prevention
Sports medicine
Mental health
Dr NealeDuty doctor for acute on the day issues
Dr LeChild health checks
Women’s health
Sexual health
Family planning, fitting coils
Dr EstcourtChild health
Care of the Elderly
Minor Ops
Dr HaynesChild health
Musculoskeletal medicine
Family planning, fitting coils and implants
Dr PhillipsDermatology
Mental health
Dr GillamPaediatrics and child health
Respiratory medicine
Musculoskeletal medicine
Dr HanslipSports medicine and orthopaedics
Minor Ops
Dr JohnsonMental health
Women’s health
Chronic disease management
Child health
Family planning,
Women’s health and Child health
Dr Ikegaya
Dr WinwoodGeneral and Elderly
Dr SaundersWomen and Child Health (Whole range)
Family planning and Elderly
Dr BlackmanWomen and Child Health Whole range
Dr Swanborough

Nursing Team

Val Smith



Following my general nurse training at Cheltenham General Hospital I worked as a Staff Nurse on the Orthopaedic ward and then a period at Tetbury, before becoming The Outpatients Sister at Malmesbury Hospital. This also included sessions in the MIU. My Current role as Practice Nurse is both varied and challenging and I have a particular interest in minor illnesses and injuries. My hobbies are reading, walking and when weather permits riding my bike.

Laura Davies



I grew up in Ireland and trained to be a Nurse in Berkshire , I qualified in 1994. I also have a degree in Midwifery. Having been Nursing over 30 years I have worked in Acute Medicine, Intensive Care, as a Midwife, a Practice Nurse and a School Nurse. I came to Malmesbury in 2011 as a Practice Nurse. 

My special interests are Travel Medicine, Women and Child Health and Asthma.

Out of work I love to travel and going to the theatre.

I live locally with my Husband and have 2 grown up children.

Susan Wilcock



Additional Staff

Surgery Management Team

Charlotte Gorman is the Practice Manager and Rachael Muburi the Deputy Manager, and they are responsible for the overall running of the Primary Care Centre, supported by a very hard working and trusty team.

Karen Charlton- Bailey is our Finance Administrator makes sure we pay all our bills.

Neighbourhood Teams

The Neighbourhood Team is a dedicated service providing home visits for housebound patients or patients experiencing great difficulty attending the practice. Key areas of care include wound and leg ulcer management, chronic disease management, terminal and palliative care and the promotion of continence. The Neighbourhood Team also advises carers and teaches patients to manage their own health needs whenever possible.

Health Visitors

A health visitor is a nurse who has undertaken further training in child development and health promotion. They are closely involved in the health care of patients, particularly children and their families.

Dorothy House Specialist Nurse

The Dorothy House specialist nurse is a qualified and experienced expert in the care and support of terminally ill patients and their families or carers. Please ask your doctor if you think they may be able to help.


Clinics run on several, but currently variable days of the week. The service is open to anyone who has a Foot Health problem. Priority is given to patients with High Risk Podiatric conditions and those with a High Podiatric need.

Nail cutting is not provided unless nail conditions are such that they cannot be dealt with in the normal way at home. 

Application forms for a Podiatry Assessment are available from reception or you may be referred by your G.P., or other Health professional. Following receipt of your application an assessment appointment will be made and subject to your condition a treatment plan may be established, or you may be given advice and be discharged from the service. Some specialist treatments will require you to attend a follow-up appointment at a location other than Malmesbury P.C.C. 

The Podiatry Administration office handles all enquiries and is based at Chippenham Community Hospital.

Call 01249 456635 for patient information.