Meet the Team

Our Doctors

Dr St. John Mohr (M)
MB ChB Birmingham 1991 MRCGP

Qualified at Birmingham University Medical School in 1991. He remained in the Midlands for junior hospital jobs and to complete his GP training. He then temporarily left the NHS to work for the pharmaceutical industry in 2000 before returning to General Practice in 2004. He became a partner at the Porch Surgery in 2005. St. John is a full time partner at the Porch and is the practice IT, finance and prescribing lead and and enjoys minor surgery.

Dr Michelle Reade (F)
MB BS Brisbane 1998 MRCGP DRCOG DFFP PG Cert Diabetes Care

Qualified in 1998 at the University of Queensland Medical School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She did her house jobs in Brisbane before working in Saudi Arabia for 18 months in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. On her return to the UK she undertook GP training posts in Accident and Emergency, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ENT, Community Paediatrics and Genitourinary Medicine and was a a GP registrar in Wiltshire. Since 2008 she has worked as a GP in Wiltshire, Bath and Surrey. She joined the Porch Surgery as a GP partner in 2017. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice, but particularly enjoys Diabetes, Gynaecology, Family Planning and Sexual Health.

Dr Celia Pilmer (F)
MB ChB Leeds 2006 MRCGP FRACGP

Qualified from Leeds School of Medicine in 2006 and completed her 2 years Foundation Training in West Yorkshire undertaking a variety of specialties. She then went on to do her GP Training in Leeds with training posts in A&E, Elderly Medicine, ENT and General Practice. 
On qualifying as a GP she moved to London and spent 4 years working in a busy inner city GP practice before spending 2 years working as a GP in Sydney.  She moved back to the UK and joined the Porch Surgery in June 2018 as a Salaried GP.  She enjoys the diversity that General Practice offers.

Dr William Davies (M)
MB BCh Cardiff 2004 MRCGP DCH

Qualified in 2004 at University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff. He worked in a variety of hospital posts in Wales and spent a year in New Zealand mainly working in paediatrics. He commenced GP training in Bath in 2007 and spent time in hospital posts in rheumatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology and ENT. He joined the Porch Surgery in 2009 as a GP registrar and remained there as as salaried GP. He became a partner at the surgery in 2014. He is now a GP trainer and oversees GPs in training.

Dr Elizabeth Watson (F)
MB BCh Cardiff 2004 MRCGP

Qualified at the University of Wales in 2004 and worked at several hospitals in South Wales before heading to Australia for a year working in Accident and Emergency. She returned to the UK in 2007 to join the Bath GP training scheme and rotated through specialities including Oncology, Cardiology, ENT, Gynaecology and Paediatrics. She worked in Somerset for five years and joined the Porch Surgery in 2015. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice, in particular Gynaecology and Palliative Care.

Dr Charles Berrisford (M)
BSc MB BS London 1991 DCH DFFP DRCOG MRCGP

Qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster, London in 1991. He was a GP partner at Number 18 Surgery in Bath for twenty-three years before joining the Porch Surgery as a salaried doctor in 2018. His clinical interests include palliative care and paediatrics. He is married with two children and, when not in the surgery, enjoys classical music and singing.
 

Dr Joanna Swallow (F) 
MB BS London 2002 MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH DipMedEd

Qualified in 2002 at St Georges Medical School, London. She did house jobs in London before working in Emergency medicine in Australia. On returning to the UK she moved to Bath and in 2004 undertook GP training posts in Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Gynaecology and ENT. She has worked as a GP in Bath and Wiltshire since 2007. Joanna works as a GP educator in Swindon and is involved in training future GPs. She finds the variety of General Practice interesting and enjoys most aspects of the job. She has been part of the team at The Porch since 2013.

Dr Catherine Bennett (F)
MB BS London 2004 BSc MRCGP DFSRH DRCOG

Qualified at University College Medical School, London in 2004. After house jobs she worked in A&E in Perth, Western Australia then returned to the UK to do a further 6 months A&E in Newham, East London. She started her GP training in South London in 2007 during which she spent time in Cardiology, Paediatrics, ENT, Palliative care and Sexual health. She worked as a GP in West Sussex for six years before relocating to Wiltshire and started at the Porch in January 2017. She became a partner in July 2021. Particular interests include ENT, Contraception and Sexual Health.

Dr Susannah Worsley (F) 
MB ChB Sheffield 2011 MRCGP

Qualified at the University of Sheffield in 2011. She completed her 2 years of Foundation Training in South Yorkshire, before spending a year working on an elderly care ward and volunteering in Malawi. She moved to Bath in 2014 to join the GP training program, completing posts in A&E, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics. She has worked at the Porch since 2017, initially as a GP Registrar, and has more recently joined the team as a Salaried GP.

Our Nursing Staff

Our team includes Registered Nurses, Health Care Assistants and phlebotomists.

You can call the surgery and make an appointment with the team; for example removal of stitches, blood pressure check and change of dressings. There are also Registered Nurse led clinics for long term health conditions, travel, complex wound management and minor illness.

Our team are qualified to undertake their roles and we have an ongoing professional development programme.

If you are unsure who is the right person to see the receptionists will advise you.


Our Practice Manager

Rhonda Ward

Rhonda has an extensive background of working in Adult Social Care in London, Wiltshire and Kent. Her roles have included managing and providing services to adults with a Learning Disability, Autism and those with a Sensory Loss.

Rhonda works with the GP Partners and other members of the The Porch team to ensure they continue to provide the care and services our patients need. She is always looking for ways to improve and develop the service and support the team at The Porch. Rhonda also works closely with the other four GP surgeries within our Primary Care Network.


Our Administration Team

Our Administrative, Reception and Secretarial staff work behind the scenes and at the front desk to ensure that the practice runs efficiently and provides the best possible patient experience.

Training

The Porch Surgery has been a training practice for General Practice Registrars for many years. A Registrar is a qualified Doctor who has completed some or all of their hospital training and is now working in General Practice. As part of their training they may see a patient with another doctor sitting in and occasionally they may video a surgery, but always with the patients consent.

Dr Davies, Dr Swallow and Dr Watson are GP Trainers.  However, all the doctors and the Primary Care Team are involved in training.


Our Attached Staff

District Nurses

The District Nurses are based at:

Springfield Community Centre

Beechfield Road

Corsham

Wiltshire SN13 9DN

Telephone: 01249 715037

Requests for a District Nursing service should be made via the GP or telephoning the Health Centre.

First Contact Physio

Do you have a sprain, strain, muscle pain, joint pain and stiffness or back pain?

You could see a specialist physiotherapist instead of your GP. Ring the surgery as usual and ask about the service, you may need to describe the problem to ensure that the physiotherapist is the right person to see. 

Health Visitors

The Health Visitors are based at:

Unit 1

Greenway Business Park

Bellinger Close

Chippenham

SN15 1BN

Tel: 0300 2470090

Clinics are held at Springfield Community Campus every Tuesday between 13.30 – 15.30 pm.  This is a drop in session and no appointment is required.

A clinic is also held at:

Crumpets Cafe

Army Community Campus

2 Portal Avenue

Rudloe

SN13 0LQ

1st Wednesday of each month 10.30-11.30am – also a drop in session- no appointment required.

They advise on preventative and general health care, especially for children under five.

Midwives

The Community midwives are based at:

Chippenham Birthing Centre

Chippenham Community Hospital

Rowden Hill

CHIPPENHAM

Wiltshire SN15 2AJ

Tel: 01249 456438

Social Workers

The Department of Adult and Community Services (DACS), formerly Social Services, provides help, support and care to adults in need in Wiltshire.

How do I get help?

You can get help by contacting the Adult and Community Services Social Care Helpdesk on 0300 456 0111.

You can also ask someone else to make contact on your behalf.

Outside of office hours contact the Emergency Duty Service on 0845 6070888.

The National Health Service (NHS) and Community Care Act requires local Social and Health Services to ensure that support and care is provided to those in greatest need.

As the Department of Adult and Community Services receive more requests for help than there is available funding, we have to decide:

1. Who should get a service.

2. In what order of priority.

3. How services can best be provided.

4. Whether we will provide the service ourselves or suggest another more appropriate organisation.

This is to ensure that people in greatest need will get most help.

How do we decide who should get a service?

Services for Users

When a person asks us for help, we make an assessment. This means that we talk to you to find out more about your situation and your care needs. Your need for services may be due to physical disability or impairment, mental health problems or environmental or social factors. The more complex you needs, the more detailed your assessment will need to be.

Services for Carers

If you are a carer and provide substantial and regular amounts of care to the person you look after, you are eligible for an assessment of your own care needs in relation to the person(s) you care for. As a carer, you may be able to access Services provided through the Carers Special Grant.

If, outside of your role as a carer, you meet the Eligibility Criteria, you are entitled to receive services in your own right.

Who is eligible for an assessment?

You are normally eligible for an assessment if you:

  • Have a physical impairment
  • Have a sensory loss
  • Have a terminal illness
  • Are developing confusion/dementia
  • Are frail
  • Are vulnerable to the risk of neglect or abuse
  • Have a learning disability
  • Have a severe mental illness
  • Are a carer