The Dunstan Partnership

Breightmet Health Centre, Breightmet Fold Lane, Breightmet, Bolton, BL2 6NT

Practice Staff


Dr Steven Whittaker (m)

MBChB, MRCGP Registered in Manchester 2000

GP Trainer

Dr Maeve Hague (f)

MBChB, DCH, DFFP, MRCGP Registered in Manchester 2002.

GP Trainer

Specialist Interest – Women’s Health, Paediatrics, Palliative (End of Life) Care

Dr Jane Couperthwaite (f)

MBChB, MRCGP Registered in Manchester 2008

Specialist Interest – Joint Injections

Dr David Fiske (m)

MBChB, MRCGP Registered in Manchester 2010

Foundation Year 2 Doctor Mentor & Supervisor

Dr Lisa Sprott (f)

Bsc, MB.BS, Diploma (American Academy of Family Physicians) Registered in 1997

Specialist Interest – Joint Injections

Dr Sebastian Pillon (m)

Bsc (Hons), MBChB, nMRCGP Registered in 2014

Dr Emma Saunders (f)

MRes, MBChB, nMRCGP Registered in 2017


Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Tina Matthews (f) and Lynn Harding (f)
Specialist qualifications in managing a wide range of illnesses.  They are able to assess your problem, examine you, organise any tests that may be required and decide, with you, a course of treatment. Tina and Lynn work in partnership with the doctors, the hospital and other health specialists.



Elizabeth Gardiner (f), Samantha Morrell (f), Nanj Patel (f) and Diane Lee (f)

Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, and blood pressure checks. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, and carry out cervical smears.

Healthcare Assistants

Julie Power (f)

Our Healthcare Assistant supports our Practice Nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. The Healthcare Assistant may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.


Hafsah Amanji (f)

Hafsah is the Senior Clinical Pharmacist working with our practice, as part of an NHS England pilot scheme to help support the GP Workforce.  Hafsah works as part of a larger pharmacy team, deployed all over Bolton, to help support practices in delivering better patient outcomes.  Hafsah’s current role in our Practice is very varied but her main focus is around medication itself and supporting patients in making sure they get the best from their medication.

Pharmacy Technician

Leanne Fane (f)

Leanne should be the first point of contact at the practice to help any patients who have a query or issue with their medications, including, being able to synchronise repeat medications which run out at different times.

Leanne is able to consult with patients on Wednesdays and will liaise with the GP if there are any issues.  To book an appointment with Leanne, please contact the surgery on 01204 463777 and ask for an appointment with Leanne.

Practice Management

Vera Bourn
Practice Manager

Vera runs the business side of our GP Practice. Her role includes:-

  • Ensuring the effective and efficient management of the practice.
  • Providing day to day management of all staff within the Practice.
  • Developing and maintaining individual and team performance.
  • Ensuring the profibability and efficiency of the practice, in line with the NHS, the partners and legislative guidance.
  • Providing general guidance to the partners on any NHS developments and legislative changes, which may affect the general management of the practice.
  • Ensuring compliance with all current Health and Safety and Employment legislation.

Victoria Bourn
Deputy Manager/IT Manager

Vicky provides support and cover for Vera, together with being responsible for the daily smooth running of the Practice’s computer systems and to develop clinical and other software installations as required. She is responsible for the training of the practice team on specific areas of the clinical IT system, as necessary.



Kay Fearn, Caroline Markey, Belinda Stanley, Hannah Yates, Anne-Marie Conniffe, , Gemma Hulme, Maxine Ricioppo, Karen James and Ellen Ireton

Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with patient referrals on the Choose & Book System and general administration duties.

Health Visitors

A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social wellbeing.

Attached Staff

Health Improvement Practitioners

Health Improvement Practitioners help people to develop healthier behaviour and lifestyles in their own local communities. They offer practical support to change their behaviour to achieve their own choices and goals.

The exact role will depend upon the needs of the community in which they work, but typically would involve:

  • Performing Over 40 NHS Health Checks
  • Review of patients with High Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Review of patients who are At Risk of Diabetes
  • Encouraging patients to stop smoking
  • Encouraging patients to participate in increased physical activity
  • Encouraging patients to eat more healthily and lose weight (if necessary)
  • Encouraging patients to drink sensibly
  • Their role will soon include being involved in the care and management of newly diagnosed diabetic patients and health assessments for patients with mild – moderate COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), with a view to improving their health and lifestyle.

Coming Soon…………. Mental Health Practitioner and MSK (Musculo-Skeletal) Practitioner.  We will soon be able to offer patients a direct appointment with one these practitioners who are trained specifically in either mental health or joint and muscle problems.  20 minute appointments will be available and the time will be entirely focussed on either a patient’s mental health or joint or muscle problem.  We will update our website once the two practitioners are in practice.