Meet the Team

Our Doctors

Introduction To The Doctors

Dr Aparajit Kakkar Partner (male)
MB ChB FP Cert. Trained in Dundee. Registered in 1996.

Dr Gillian Pottinger Partner (female)
BA BMBCh MRCS MRCGP FP Cert. Trained in Oxford. Registered in 1997.

Dr Clare Hyland Partner (female)
MBBS MA Cantab MSC MRCGP DRCOG PGCertMedEd Trained in Cambridge and Royal Free London. Registered in 2003.

Dr Joanne Staniforth Partner (female)
MB ChB MRCGP DRCOG. Trained in Sheffield. Registered in 1998.

Dr Sagar Shanghavi Partner (male)
MB ChB. Trained in Sheffield. Registered in 2012.

Dr Nicola Yarwood GP (female)
MB ChB MRCP MRCGP. Trained in Leicester. Registered in 1999.

Dr James Coles GP (male)
MB ChB. Trained in Dundee. Registered in 2013

Dr Clare Morris GP (female)
MB ChB MRCGP DRCOG DFFP Trained in Sheffield. Registered in 2008

Dr Bryony Mathew (female)
MB ChB DCH RCPCH RCGP FSRH Trained in Leeds Registered 2003

Dr Sarah Start GP (female)
MB ChB. Trained in Leeds. Registered 2022

Dr Emma Blatherwick

MB ChB. Trained in Birmingham Registered 2023.

All the partners practice together as a non-limited partnership.

General Practitioner Registrars (Registrars) / Foundation Year 2 Doctors (FY2’s) and Students

Our practice is a training/teaching practice. Our Registrars and FY2’s are fully qualified Doctors and have a great deal of hospital experience. They are attached to our practice for between 4 and 12 months.

We are also fortunate to have medical students attached to our practice for short periods. If you do not wish to have the student present during your consultation please inform the Reception staff prior to seeing the doctor.

Our Nursing Team

All of our nurses are qualified Registered General Nurses.  We also employ Health Care Assistants and Phlebotomists.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Louise Hughes

Registered Nurse, BHsc (Hons), MSc Advanced Nursing Practice, non-medical prescriber, certificate in cytology, diplomas in diabetes, contraception and sexual health.

Practice Matron Michael Anthony A. DumDum

Registered Nurse (Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, BSN Philippines, 1993), Registered General Nurse (Nursing and Midwifery Council 2002), Post Graduate Advanced Practice Level 7, Advanced Health Assessment – Core, Advanced Health Assessment-Supplementary, Non-Medical Prescribing (V300).

Jo Jones

Lead Nurse

Janine Adamson

Practice Nurse

Julie Shephard

Practice Nurse 

Sara Chapman

Practice Nurse

Kate Jones

Practice Nurse 

Ruth Hornby

Practice Nurse

Hayley Logan

Healthcare Assistant

 Elle Mann

Healthcare Assistant

Louise Edwards


Samantha McKay

Health Care Assistant

Our Nursing Team can advise you on the following health matters such as:

  • Immunisation (including foreign travel)
  • Dressings and removal of stitches
  • Ear syringing
  • Healthy living advice
  • Chronic disease reviews
  • Family planning advice
  • Blood and urine tests as requested by the doctor

Please make an appointment if you wish to see the nurse. Our Nurses also offer telephone advice.

Leeds Community Healthcare Trust employ district nurses, health visitors and midwives who work with the Practice.

Our Management Team

Mrs Louise Hartley

Practice Manager             

Mrs Liz Broadbent

Assistant Practice Manager         

Eve Coleman

Reception Manager


Tara Zack-Natale

Dispensary Manager

Vikki Wallis

Project/Facilities Manager  

Our Management Support Team


Management Support Assistant


Administration Lead


Senior Secretary


Data Quality and Performance Lead

Our Attached Team

Community Midwife

Maternity care is usually shared between the practice, the community midwife and the hospital. The community midwife is available when you attend the antenatal clinic at Garforth Medical Centre and will visit you at home after you have had your baby.

Home Nursing

Patients who are confined to their homes and need nursing attention may arrange with their doctor for the community nursing team to visit. Hospitals will normally arrange for a nurse to visit patients discharged by them who still require nursing treatment at home.