Doctors and Staff


Dr Christine Cheel MB ChB DFFP DRCOG

Qualified from Birmingham University in 1980. She has responsibility for family planning and women's health. She is an approved trainer in general practice and is our senior partner.

Dr Stephen Watkins BSc (Hons) MB BS FP Cert MRCGP

Qualified at Guy's in London in 1988. He has an interest in diabetes, heart disease and mental health. He introduced undergraduate teaching to the practice and is an approved trainer in general practice.


Qualified at Birmingham in 1993. She shares responsibility for women's health and family planning. She also runs the baby clinic alongside the health visitors. Dr Perry also teaches undergraduate students.

Dr Aliakbhar Mohamedbhai MRCGP, DRCOG.

Qualified in Birmingham in 2010. Dr Mohamedbhai has an interest in minor surgery.

Dr Aishwarya Plakkat MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSR

Qualified in Birmingham University in 2012. Dr Plakkat did her final year of GP training here at the practice. She has an interest in womens health.  

GP Registrar/Doctors in Training 

Our practice is a recognised training practice. This is considered a mark of quality. The doctors in training at the practice are fully qualified doctors who, after a great deal of hospital experience, decide to work in general practice. They are with us for between four months and a year. They are at all times encouraged to seek advice from the practice partners. From time to time the doctor in training will undertake joint surgeries with the partners and you may be asked to give your consent to another doctor being present during your consultation.
The doctors in training are also required to video some of their surgery consultations in order that they can perfect their consultation style. You may be asked if you would be willing for your consultation to be recorded for training purposes only.

Medical Students 

We are pleased to be associated with Birmingham University Medical School. All of the doctors at the practice are involved in teaching undergraduate medical students. Medical students owe you the same duty of confidentiality as your regular doctor. If you do not wish to have a medical student present at your consultation, please let our receptionists know in advance. Your care in no way will be affected. Different doctors teach on different days, but all may have students sitting in on any day. Occasionally, a video recorder may be used during a consultation. You may of course refuse to be videotaped, but it is important for our teaching purposes. Tapes made are completely confidential and are erased as soon as they have been used.

Practice Nurses

Gemma Clarke - RGN
Samantha Marshall - RGN
Sophie O'Sullivan - RGN

The practice has a full complement of practice nursing staff who are highly qualified and provide nurse-led care in all aspects of chronic disease management.

Health Care Assistant

The practice employs a health care assistant who is qualified to take blood and carry out simple nursing tasks.

Practice Business Manager

Cheryl Vernon

The business manager is responsible for managing the practice business and leading the practice administration team assisted by the office manager.

Administration Staff

Individual reception and administrative staff members have both specific and overlapping areas of responsibility.

Health Visitors

A team of health visitors are based at, but not employed by, the practice. Health visitors are particularly involved in children's health care and can be contacted by telephone on 0121 466 4770.

Community/District Nurses

A number of community-based nurses work closely with us and can be contacted through the practice. They offer a home visiting service for the housebound. From time to time they may work from the practice.


Antenatal clinics are held every Wednesday 9:30am - 12:15pm. The midwives should be contacted directly on 0121 4696 3500, between 9.00 - 10.00am and 4.00 - 5.00pm, to answer queries and give advice.

Other Staff

An orthoptist (for children's eye tests), dietician, nursery nurse and other community doctors are available at certain times. They can be contacted via the health visitors telephone 0121 466 4770.


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