Julia-PearsonDr Julia Pearson (MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, DFSRH) - with practice since 1988

Dr Pearson qualified from University College London and joined the Practice in 1988 after completing her GP training at Airedale General Hospital just over the border in Yorkshire. Her particular areas of interest are family planning, sexual health, diabetes and palliative care. She has also been an appraiser of other GPs since 2003.  She has also been a GP appraiser since 2003 and in the past has acted as educational supervisor for FY2 doctors and medical students.  Outside work she used to run half marathons but now finds golf a bit easier on the knees.  She also enjoys reading (Airedale GP’s reading group), holidaying in the South of France and trying to control her two hyperactive Dalmatian dogs.








Dr Rimon Chowdhury (MBBS, MRCP, MRCGP, DRCOG, PGCertGPEd) - with practice since October 2005

Rimon was born and brought up in Yorkshire and trained in London.  He joined the practice as a registrar in 2004 though he originally began training in general medicine. His main clinical areas of interest are minor surgery and respiratory medicine. He is a GP trainer and, with his wife, has run courses in clinical skills assessment for the MRCGP.  Away from medicine he is cricket mad and is still unsure whether to change his Roses allegiance.







Stuart-BerryDr Stuart Berry (MBChB, MRCGP) - with practice since December 2005)

Prior to joining the Practice, Stuart was a GP in Bradford.  His particular clinical interests are hypertension and mental health and he oversees the drug misuse clinics at the Practice.  He is a GP trainer who looks after the registrars on innovative training posts.  He is also the business lead for the Practice and does practice development framework and IM&T visits to other practices for the PCT.  Outside work he enjoys cross country running and learning to play the piano.  He also enjoys practicing simple magic tricks and balloon modeling with his two young children.







Francis-AshworthDr Francis Ashworth (MBChB (Liverpool), MBCHB and Post Grad Dip Gen Prac) - with practice since July 2006

Dr Ashworth is from Burnley and was previously a partner in a practice in Littleborough after completing training firstly in Liverpool and then in Trawden.  He is a family man who enjoys playing the organ/piano and is musical director of an amateur big band.  He is a regular attender at Crow Wood Leisure Centre and is also an enthusiastic golfer.  His main clinical interests are coronary heart disease, minor surgery, dermatology and palliative care.  He also performs practice development review and IM&T visits for the PCT and is a GP trainer. 







Nabilah-ChowdhuryDr Nabilah Chowdhury (M.D, MRCGP, DFFP, LOCSDI, LOCIUD) - with practice since August 2008

Nabilah joined the practice in August 2008 and is the wife of Rimon.  Her main clinical areas of interest are child health, family planning and sexual health. She did her medical degree in Prague so that, as well as Urdu, she can speak Czech. This has proved very useful in looking after some of our Eastern European patients.  She has recently trained
to give botox injections.







Irfan-ChaudharyDr Irfan Chaudhary (MBChB, MRCGP)

Irfan was born in Burnley, and originally lived in Nelson for 18 years.  He attended the local schools and colleges before completing his Medical Undergraduate training in Birmingham.  Before general practice, Irfan undertook initial training in orthopaedic surgery.  His clinical interests include Musculoskeletal Medicine and Minor Surgery.  Away from medicine, Irfan places significant emphasis on family life, enjoys attending the gym and keeping fit.  He is also a huge football fan, enjoys playing on occasions and following his beloved Manchester United.







Karen-WhittakerDr Karen Whittaker (with practice since October 2013)

Karen was born and grew up in Brierfield. After graduating from Manchester University in1988 she worked around the north west before becoming a GP in Burnley. She left the UK in 2001 to move to Tenerife, where she continued to work as a GP until moving back here in 2013. Karen enjoys time with her dog and her main hobbies are cross-stitch and cooking.



Sr Wendy is the Nurse Practitioner.  Appointments can be booked with the Nurse Practitioner for all minor ailments rather that waiting for an appointment with a doctor.

She diagnoses, treats and manages common ailments and routinely deals with:

  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Contraceptive problems
  • Rashes
  • Asthma exacerbation
  • Cryotherapy
  • Minor surgery
  • Skin infections/impetigo/eczema
  • Infected fingers
  • Lumps (not breast)
  • Health lifestyle advice
  • Well woman/man issues
  • Health education
  • Family planning
  • Young friendly services
  • Medication advice.


Sr Waterworth is the Minor Illness Practitioner.  Appointments can be booked with her for:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Chest infection
  • Chest problems
  • UTIs
  • Ear pain etc
  • Tonsillitis


Our practice nurses are available by appointment for various treatments such:

  • Health promotion advice and screening
  • Smears
  • Immunisations and vaccinations
  • Heart and blood pressure checks
  • COPD
  • Asthma care
  • Diabetes care
  • Sexual health and family planning
  • Travel advice
  • Immunisations
  • Family planning
  • Well person health checks.

When booking an appointment with a nurse, our reception staff may need to ask you the reason for an appointment in order to determine how much time to allocate.  Consultations are by appointment.


Our health care assistants are not qualified nurses, but have undergone training to enable them to:

  • Take bloods,
  • Take blood pressure
  • Assist with minor surgery
  • New patient health checks
  • ECG testing
  • NHS Health Checks
  • 24hr Blood Pressure
  • Some vaccinations.

All requests for procedures must be made through one the doctors, nurse practitioner, minor illness practitioner or a nurse.

We welcome Dr Aaron Poppleton to Reedyford Health Care, our new Trainee. Here is his profile introduction:


Originally from the East Midlands, I studied Medicine with European Studies at the University of Manchester, graduating in 2011. Since then I have completed my foundation medical training in Preston, worked in Germany in Internal Medicine and Research, and studied for a post-graduate diploma in Global Health with the University of Edinburgh. During this time I was also fortunate to undertake educational attachments in Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Croatia and Ukraine. In 2014 I returned to Lancashire to commence GP training, spending time working in: A+E, Elderly Care, ENT, Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Psychiatry.

I am academic GP trainee meaning that I will be working at Reedyford Health Care part-time for two years, while also studying for a Master's Degree in Clinical Research at the University of Central Lancashire. I have an interest in mental health and hope to focus my research dissertation on this topic.

I enjoy spending my free time with my wife and daughter, being part of an active local church, and when opportunity allows, travelling and teaching overseas.


A new position within the NHS

What is a Physician Associate?

Physician Associates are currently studying at UCLan for their degree and part of their training will be done in General Practice.  They work alongside doctors and nurses in GP surgeries and hospitals to provide the best care for patients.  They are not a doctor or a nurse, but a clinician that works alongside the clinical team with knowledge of minor illness.

What should I expect from a Physician Associate?

They work under the supervision of a doctor to talk to patients about their symptoms and examine them.  They can diagnose illnesses and analyse test results, perform procedures such as injections and taking blood, and manage patient's conditions.  Your appointment will take 45 minutes altogether.

Do I get to see my doctor?

Yes, after the consultation with the Physician Associate, you will be able to see the GP where a treatment plan will be discussed with you.  When booking an appointment with the Physician Associate, our receptionists will inform you which GP you will be seeing.  The doctor will be involved in discussion about your history and will have overall responsibility for your treatment.  Please be patient, and we value your cooperation and contribution towards the training of future healthcare professionals, and this would not be possible without you.


The district nursing service provides skilled and professional nursing care to people who are confined to their homes.  Referrals to the service can only be made by your GP or a hospital.  Care will be tailored by the nurses to meet the patient's individual needs.


Midwives from Burnley General Hospital care for our patients at the Beacon Centre, Maurice Street, Nelson.  They care for and support pregnant women, their partners and new babies before, during and after the birth.  They monitor the health of the mother, counsel her on health issues and explain the options available for delivery of the baby.  Their job also involves reassuring parents, running antenatal and parenting classes, taking care of the mother and baby during labour and birth, and giving advice on breast feeding.


Our team of health visitors work at Yarnspinners to help individuals, the family and the community.  They hold regular sessions at Yarnspinners covering child development and behaviour and childhood immunisations.  Clinics are also available at other health centres around East Lancashire.  Please refer to the table below for more information on the choices available.  You can click on the location name to be taken to each health centre or surgery's website for more information such as location, telephone number etc.






Monday Yarnspinners Health Care Centre 2pm - 3.30pm
Monday Richmond Hill Practice 1pm - 3pm
Tuesday Gisburn Road Children's Centre 1pm - 3pm
Wednesday Colne Children's Centre 9.30am - 11.30am
Wednesday Briercliffe Medical Centre 2pm - 3.30pm
Wednesday Yarnspinners Health Care Centre 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Thursday Earby Surgery 1.15pm - 3.15pm
Friday Yarnspinners Health Care Centre 10am - 11.30am
Friday Family Tree Children's Centre 10.00am - 11.30am


Farhana Ugradar is the manager with overall responsibility for the practice and she may be able to help you with any administrative or non-medical aspects of your health and treatment.  She is also available to discuss any suggestions or complaints.  A suggestion box is available in the waiting room.


Our reception staff are here to help you.  When telephoning for medical attention, they may ask you for a few details such as the nature of the illness.  The doctors have asked them to make these enquiries so that they can help you in the most appropriate way.  Our reception staff have undertaken special training and always respect patient confidentiality.

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