Staff team



MBBS DRCOG MRCGP (qualified London 1990)

Dr Thomas has worked at Spa Medical Centre since 1997 and is the Senior Partner here at Spa Medical Centre. He is responsible for the provision of general medical services, practice finance and patient complaints. He is married with 3 children, enjoys music, particularly playing the organ and gardening. He was expelled from Wales as it's worst ever rugby player. Works Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Fridays.


MBChB, MRCGP (qualified Bristol 1997)

Dr Armstrong was born in Zimbabwe, but spent most of her childhood in Leicestershire. She joined Spa Medical Centre in September 2006 and is a GP Partner and Surgical GP, providing Minor Skin Cancer services alongside routine and acute same day appointments. Dr Armstrong enjoys running, sailing, gardening and spending time with her family. Works all day Monday and Tuesdays and Wednesday.


BSc MBBS MCEM MRCGP PGCME (qualified London 2002)

Dr Curtis joined Spa Medical Centre in 2008 as a locum GP before becoming a permanent member of the team. He became a GP Partner in April 2013 and is responsible for the delivery of core general medical services. He has a keen interest in emergency medicine and is a GP Educator, working for the Severn Deanery. Dr Curtis is the Clinical Educational lead for the practice. He enjoys cycling, running, sailing and surfing. Works all day Monday and Tuesday and Thursday morning.


MBBS BSc MRCS (Eng) MSc SEM (qualified London 2005) MRCGP

Dr Teare initially trained in surgery in London, Reading and Exeter becoming a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England before coming to Wiltshire to train as a GP. As well as enjoying all of General Practice he performs minor skin surgery at Spa and also has a masters degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine and was the club doctor for Swindon Town Football Club until 2018. He now works in the Sports Injuries clinic at the RUH and with Bath Rugby, as well as teaching at the University of Bath. He is married with three young daughters and when they give permission he competes locally in road running and less successfully on the golf course. Works all day Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Friday mornings.



Dr Gately grew up in the Wirral, attending university in Liverpool. Further core medical training was then undertaken in London. She then went on to spend a number of years as a haematology registrar in Bristol before becoming a GP. She became a Partner on the 1st of April 2021 Dr Gately is married with a dalmatian and enjoys time outside work by running and cycling. She works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


MBChB MRCGP (Qualified Leeds 1998)

After qualifying, Dr Williamson worked in hospital roles in Yorkshire before moving to Buckinghamshire where she completed her GP training. Dr Williamson worked at Spa Medical Centre as a locum before joining the team permanently as an Associate GP in 2012. As well as working at Spa, she also works at Warminster Community Hospital and for the local Out of Hours provider. Dr Williamson is married with 2 children and has a keen interest in boats and canals. They also keep chickens and pigs and enjoy growing their own food. Dr Williamson is a recent convert to running and finds it a great stress reliever, along with her other hobbies of morris dancing and knitting. Works all day Friday, with a shorter day on a Thursday.



Dr Millard joined the Spa Team on 6th February 2019. Dr Millard initially trained at Bristol Medical School. As well as her interest in General Practice, she has an interest in teaching undergraduates. She has recently returned from working in Australia Dr Millard likes netball and running. Works alternate Tuesdays and Wednesday and all day Thursday and Fridays.


MB BChir MA MRCGP DRCOG GDip AFHEA (qualified Cambridge 2013)

Dr White grew up in Wiltshire and trained in Cambridgeshire and Sussex before completing training as a GP in London. He has practiced as a GP in Merseyside for several years before his recent move to the practice in 2022. He has particular interest in teaching, minor surgery and practice development. Dr White is married, and he enjoys hiking and climbing. Works all day Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.



Dr Smith grew up in Devon before attending Sheffield Medical School. He has a keen interest in orthopaedics and gastroenterology/colorectal. He is married with 2 children, enjoys rock climbing, surfing, cooking, rugby, cricket and anything outdoors. Works all day Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Our Locum Doctors

As a practice, we try to use locum doctors only where absolutely necessary – for instance to allow our GP’s to be involved with major development work outside of the practice for the wider community. We also try to use the same locums wherever possible to assist with continuity of care. They are a much needed and welcome part of our team.

Training Practice

We are proud that Spa Medical Centre is an approved training practice for Registrars moving towards qualification as General Practitioners. Dr Adrian Curtis is a GP Trainer and GP Training Programme Director, working for the Regional Deanery and he mentors our Registrars whilst they are here at the practice. Registrars are qualified doctors who wish to specialise in General practice. They generally spend a year with us at the surgery, holding their own clinics, under the guidance of Dr Curtis.

Practice Management


Practice Manager

Gaynor is responsible for the general day-to-day running of the practice. Her role is extremely broad, covering the overall general management of the practice. This includes practice development, human resource management, communication and training, health & safety and financial control to name just a few areas of responsibility! Her wealth of knowledge and experience enables her to support our clinicians in delivering first class healthcare. Gaynor is supported by a strong and efficient administrative team.


Reception Manager

Alison is responsible for the smooth running of the reception team, from recruitment and training, through to day to day supervision and support. Alison is passionate about providing excellent patient care and works hard with the team to maintain a great experience for everyone who contacts the team.


Surgical Services Clinical Nurse Lead

Wendy has extensive experience in surgical care. She is responsible for ensuring our theatres run efficiently and smoothly with an emphasis on the needs of our patients. Wendy and her team strive to provide quality, patient focused care at all times.


We are very fortunate to have a highly skilled and experienced nursing team headed up by Jo Dalby, our Nurse Clinical Lead. The nurses are trained to see patients with a wide range of acute and chronic problems offering advice and treatment where appropriate. Our practice nurses have expertise in managing chronic diseases, such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes and COPD. The team also offer contraceptive advice, travel advice and vaccinations, as well as childhood immunisations for the under 5’s. We also have a specialist mental health practitioner.

Healthcare Assistants

Our Healthcare Assistants (HCA’s) are specifically trained in phlebotomy (taking blood samples), as well as blood pressure checks, ECGs, Stop Smoking, NHS Health checks and simple dressings.

Locum Nurses

Locum nurses are sometimes employed at Spa and are a welcome addition to the team, allowing us to carry on offering appointments when our practice nurses are away. We try to use the same nurses for continuity of care.


Our receptionists go through extensive training when they join the practice. Not only can they assist you in making urgent and routine appointments to see a GP or nurse, they also answer numerous and varied questions and are happy to help and assist at all times. They are responsible for registering patients within the practice and for updating patient details, liaising with the GP’s over queries, organising home visits and liaising with our community nurses. Please remember that if they ask you questions they are doing this under instruction from our GPs and they are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as our doctors and nurses. Their main objective is to ensure that our patients feel supported, well cared for and listened to.


There is a strong administrative team supporting the doctors at Spa. Each person has specific areas of responsibility, covering NHS and non NHS work, as well as assisting with our document processing system, where all correspondence from Consultants and outside agencies is scanned into patient medical records and made available to our GP’s electronically.

Medical Secretaries

Our medical secretaries process the correspondence between the GPs and consultants, hospitals and other agencies. They may undertake the arrangement of urgent appointments and also organise all our electronic referrals, which offers our patients a more efficient, flexible service at a hospital of their choice.

Surgical Services Administration

The team is made up of surgical co-ordinators who interact with patients to ensure they have the most appropriate date for their appointment, and to deal with any post operative queries. We also have medical secretaries who communicate clinic details to patients own GP’s as we deal with all Wiltshire, Banes & Swindon GP surgeries.

Surgical Services Theatre Staff

We have theatre practitioners who support our surgeons and also theatre assistants that in turn support all the clinicians and patients.

Health and Well Being Team

We are here to support the health and wellbeing of patients throughout Melksham to help individuals make positive and lasting changes to their health with a personalised approach. We aim to encourage patients every step of the way, giving them the tools and techniques to last a lifetime. Each individual person will be different with , different needs. We assess each person , by taking time to get to know them and personalise the plan for each person. Time is given to each patient , it is not one size fits all. What is important to that person through Guided conversations, motivational interviewing, and together create personalised care plan.

MOPT Nurses

(Melksham Older Persons Team) To support our doctors with the care of those patients who are over 75 and particularly those at risk of admission to hospital, we have collaborated with Giffords Surgery to create a team who are able to visit patients at home on behalf of the GP. The nurses are able to assess and agree treatment plans with the GP’s, enabling the patient to be cared for at home where possible.

Health Visitors

The Health Visitors are qualified nurses, with special training and experience in child health, health promotion and education. They offer practical support and health advice in many situations, including child development, nutrition, sleep issues and behaviour management in the under 5’s. They can be contacted directly at Melksham Hospital on 01225 618819. Normally the Health Visitors will see your child at the following intervals: • Following birth, at home, between 10-14 days with follow up support if needed • At 9-11 months • At 2 years They are a great source of information and the following drop-in clinics are run by the Health Visitors at Canberra Childrens Centre - no appointment is needed: Canberra Childrens Centre, Spa Road, Melksham Tuesdays 09:15 – 11:30 Fridays 12:00 – 13:00

Community Midwives

The local Midwives will co-ordinate your care during your pregnancy, right from the moment you discover you are expecting. Please contact the Trowbridge Birth Centre (appointments) within one month of discovering you are pregnant on: 01225 711314, Monday to Thursday between 09:00 and 12:00. If you need to contact your Midwife, please telephone: 01225 765840 or 01225 711319. You do not need to see a GP to confirm you are pregnant unless you have concerns you wish to discuss.

Community Nurses

The community nursing team provide specialised nursing care to patients who need to be cared for in their own homes. This includes care such as wound management, taking bloods, continence management and palliative care. The GP’s work closely with the community team to ensure that our housebound patients are well cared for.