A totally dedicated team

Meet our ever-growing team of friendly professionals
Dr Louise Newson

Dr Louise Newson

BSc(Hons) MBChB(Hons) MRCP FRCGP

GP and Menopause Specialist

Louise is a GP and menopause specialist. She trained in Manchester and has worked in New Zealand and the UK. She is also a medical writer and has written numerous papers, courses and books. She is an editor for the British Journal of Family Medicine.  She has contributed to various e-learning courses and educational modules for the Royal College of General Practitioners.

She feels passionately about improving awareness of safe prescribing of HRT to healthcare professionals and has written many articles, editorials and given numerous lectures on this topic.  She is a regional director for the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum.  Louise works regularly with West Midlands Police to provide advice regarding menopause in the workplace.

Louise has contributed to menopause related articles in different newspapers and magazines. She has been on numerous radio and TV programmes.

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Dr Rebecca Lewis

Dr Rebecca Lewis

MBBS FRCA DRCOG MRCGP

GP with special interest in menopause

Rebecca qualified from Guy’s Medical School in London in 1991 and initially pursued a career in Anaesthetics, obtaining FRCA in 1997.

She then changed speciality and became a GP gaining MRCGP in 2000. She continues to practise as a GP and has developed an interest in the menopause, giving lectures and writing articles on the subject. She is determined to improve the understanding of the menopause in current and future generations through education and access to accurate evidence based medical information. She is passionate about making the menopause a much more positive experience and enabling women to get back to feeling themselves again.

She has two young children and enjoys running and keeping fit.

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Dr Jill Crowfoot

Dr Jill Crowfoot

MBChB DRCOG MRCGP

GP with special interest in menopause

Dr Crowfoot qualified in 1993 from the University of Birmingham Medical School (MBChB) and was destined to be GP.  In 1998 she became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP). In 1999 she joined a local practice in Stratford-upon-Avon as a partner, where she continues to also work. Whilst enjoying all the challenges of General Practice, her special interests have always been Women’s Health (DRCOG) and Dermatology.

Her interest and training in women’s health allows her to offer informed choices to women at every stage of their lives, whether it be contraception options or the best HRT for them. She has three children and as a working mum she knows what it is to be busy. She is compassionate to challenges women face throughout their lives which can be greatly affected by their hormones. Every woman will experience a menopause, with subtle symptoms sometimes occurring up to five years before their last period. These years can be the most challenging time for a woman and Dr Crowfoot is very keen to be able to use her expertise to help women who currently may not be getting the help they require from their own GPs.

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Dr Sarah Ball

Dr Sarah Ball

MBChB, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, DFFP

GP with special interest in menopause

Sarah graduated from Birmingham Medical School (MBChB) in 1998 and soon realised she wanted to be a GP as she enjoyed being involved in all of the varying stages of patients’ lives.  She has always been drawn to women’s reproductive health and has achieved postgraduate diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Family Planning and practical contraceptive techniques.

When Sarah became a GP many women going through the menopause were enjoying the benefits of HRT.  However within a few years the situation altered dramatically with the negative media furore surrounding the Women’s Health Initiative study.  The data involved has subsequently been discredited but we are left with the legacy of vast amounts of fear and ignorance amongst many women and also of some healthcare professionals, with regards to HRT.  Sarah finds her role helping women to understand their own menopause journey and empowering them to access treatment very rewarding.

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Dr Catherine Taylor

Dr Catherine Taylor

MBChB MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH

GP with special interest in menopause

Catherine graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School( MBChB) in 1993 with honours in obstetrics and gynaecology, and this was the foundation for her career-long interest in all aspects of women’s health. She trained as a GP gaining membership of the Royal College of GPs (MRCGP) and joined a local practice in 2001 where she continues to work as a GP today.

Catherine has pursued her interest in women’s health gaining a post graduate Diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology (DRCOG) as well as additional qualifications in sexual and reproductive health (DFSRH).

As a partner in a busy medical practice, as well as having teenage children and ageing parents , Catherine is well aware of the need for women at this stage of their lives to feel the best they can with all the multiple challenges that they deal with on a daily basis. Catherine spends a lot of time in her GP practice helping women to improve their experience of the menopause, through advice, education and evidence based prescribing of HRT, and she is delighted to be able to bring this experience to help more women through working at Newson Health.

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Dr Jo Sherrington

Dr Jo Sherrington

MBChB DCH MRCGP

GP with special interest in menopause

Jo is a GP who qualified from Liverpool university in 1989.

She relocated to Birmingham to complete her GP training and gained MRCGP. She worked in practices around South Birmingham before spending 12 months working in New Zealand.

She became a partner in a practice in South Birmingham where she has worked for the last 20 years, developing an interest in Women's Health and the menopause. Sadly, she has seen a decline in women being prescribed HRT since the WHI study which, fortunately, now seems to be reversing. She enjoys seeing ladies in her practice and giving them up to date guidance on the menopause and HRT, enabling them to make an informed decision. She enjoys teaching medical students in the practice and usually manages to bring the menopause in to the teaching day at some point!

She has 2 sons and enjoys yoga, running and reading.

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Dr Elaine  Ross

Dr Elaine Ross

MB ChB MRCGP Dip Obst NZ

GP with specialist interest in menopause

Elaine qualified from Dundee University Medical School  (MB ChB) in 1987. As a medical student she developed her interest in obstetrics whilst working in Botswana, she pursued this further working in Rotorua and Christchurch, New Zealand, gaining her Dip Obst NZ before returning to the UK and taking further qualifications in sexual and reproductive health (DFSRH)

In 1994 Elaine became a partner in a local Stratford practice where the then senior partner was a national expert in menopause care, and whose progressive approach helped the team maintain a pragmatic individualised approach to prescribing  HRT following the media headlines and fall out from the WHI study in 2002.

Women born 50 yrs ago in the UK have a much greater life expectancy than their mothers. As well as being expected to perform at a high level in employment for longer, they may often be caring for frail elderly parents and the onset of distressing menopausal symptoms can impact upon sleep, concentration and confidence. Elaine feels it is crucial that we are able to offer advice, support and treatment options that allow women to have choice and enjoy an improved quality of life throughout the menopause.

Her interests include gardening, occasionally running and never finishing the book club novel.

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Dr Lucy Blunt

Dr Lucy Blunt

MBChB FRCGP DRCOG DFSRH

GP with special interest in the menopause

Lucy qualified from Leicester Medical School in 2004 and became a GP in 2009. She works as a Partner in a busy GP practice in Stratford On Avon where she has a special interest in women’s health. She feels passionate about providing women with the knowledge and confidence to make informed, evidence based decisions about their own care during the peri-menopause and beyond. Her skills extend to sexual health, practical contraceptive techniques and community based gynaecology allowing her to manage a wide range of health concerns for women at all stages of their life. She finds it incredibly rewarding to see women regain their identity and self-confidence after the use of HRT. She hopes that she can bring her energy for providing excellent medical care to Newson Health.

 She has thee young children and enjoys jogging, house renovations and medical writing.

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Dr Alice Duffy

Dr Alice Duffy

MBChB MRCGP DRCOG

GP with special interest in menopause

Alice is a GP and medical educator with a keen interest in women’s health. She obtained her MBChB from Glasgow University in 1987, the DRCOG in 1990 and completed GP training and the MRCGP in 1991. Alice was a GP partner in a busy urban practice for 21 years and now pursues a portfolio career working as a GP and Clinical Teaching Fellow at Nottingham University Medical School where she teaches medical students consultation and communications skills alongside the ethics and medicolegal aspects of medicine. Alice enjoys using these skills to help women make the correct, informed decisions that will enable them to improve their health and wellbeing. She is actively engaged in the development of education for GPs. Alice has a particular interest in menopause care and welcomes the opportunity to help women deal with this phase of life while balancing the demands of work and caring responsibilities.

Alice is married with three grown up sons and a dog (also male) so she enjoys time in the world of women.

 

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Dr Helen Redman

Dr Helen Redman

MB ChB MRCGP DGM

GP with special interest in menopause

Helen graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1991 and became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1996. Since 1998 Helen has worked as a partner in a South Birmingham Practice where she has developed her interest in the effective management of symptoms related to the menopause.

Modern evidence-based interventions can be totally transformative and provide a route to improved general health and renewed confidence. Such interventions need to be based on a holistic assessment and a full understanding of a woman’s medical history, pattern of symptoms and lifestyle. In addition to the development of personalised treatment plans, Helen believes that access to information is critical in supporting decision making for long term health benefits.

Helen encourages a sense of personal empowerment and is enthusiastic in helping women regain a sense of control and an improved quality of life.

Helen is married with three grown-up daughters. She likes to cycle, run, read and cook (not simultaneously).


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Dr Jacqueline Boden

Dr Jacqueline Boden

MBBS DFFP MRCGP

GP with special interest in menopause

Jacqueline graduated in medicine from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School London in 1987.

She became a partner in a North Worcestershire General Practice in 1993, where she still enjoys her work as a GP 2 days a week.

She has also worked for The Brook Advisory Service in Birmingham and Telford, the BPAS and spent some time working in a Sexual Health Clinic.

She has always had an interest in Women’s and Sexual Health including long acting contraceptive procedures as well as psychological medicine.

She attended the British Menopause Society menopause course In 2013, as her interest in menopause care increased due to her own perimenopausal symptoms, and her struggle with a busy life as a GP, a mother of 3, a wife and a daughter because of those symptoms.

When not at work she enjoys her family, friends, travelling, her garden, yoga and the occasional run.

She is passionate about ensuring that women receive the appropriate, good quality and supportive medical care and advice that they need during this phase of their lives and is very excited to be part of the team at Newson Health.

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Dr Vanessa Horton

Dr Vanessa Horton

MBChB DCH MRCP MRCGP FSRH

GP with special interest in menopause

After graduating from Liverpool Medical School, Dr Vanessa Horton has been working as a GP in Birmingham for over 20 years, gaining membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1992.  During this time, she has developed a specialist interest in women’s health and is a faculty trainer holding the diploma in sexual and reproductive health. She is a GP partner in a practice in Edgbaston and takes a lead role in providing sexual health and wellbeing guidance to women of all ages. She is also the GP advisor to the Umbrella Sexual Health service for the Birmingham and Solihull region.

Vanessa is keen to optimise clinical care for all women and recognises that women experiencing the menopause can need more support and evidence-based advice than may be available in their own GP practice. She feels strongly that women should be able to make their own informed choices about HRT, and managing the menopause, based on what is current best practice.

She appreciates the benefits of being active and the importance of balancing this with relaxation and Yoga and hopes to inspire others through her experience.

Kate Shakeshaft

Kate Shakeshaft

RGN DFSRH PGA M’Ed Ed

SRH Specialist Nurse with special interest in menopause

Kate qualified as an RGN in 1990 and has worked in the field of sexual and reproductive health since 1995. 

Kate currently works across the Birmingham and Solihull area providing clinics in general practice that offer a specialised sexual and reproductive health service for patients. These include menopause management and the fitting of Intrauterine contraceptive devices. 

Kate is passionate that women should be provided the opportunity to make informed decisions in relation to their health and wellbeing. Women’s Health is not always viewed as a priority, Kate is working hard to change this both on the ground in general practice and through education of other health professionals.

Kate will be running a regular clinic to fit Mirena coils for women in Winton House.

Tracy Rutter

Tracy Rutter

Nurse with special interest in menopause

Tracy joined the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps in 1980 and qualified as an Army Nurse and Registered Nurse in 1984. In the same year, Tracy married an Army Officer and worked as a casualty/families Sister in a Casualty reception station in Germany until she started a family. Due to the nature of army life Tracy travelled a lot and so has been fortunate enough to have had numerous nursing jobs here and abroad.

Whilst Tracy was working on an oncology ward at The Franco- Britannique Hospital in Neuilly, France, that she accepted a role at The Marymount School of Paris in 2000. Tracy's career then took a change in direction and she was blessed to have worked as a school nurse up until January of this year.

They say that everything happens for a reason and in January Tracy was looking again for a change of direction. After having started to work for Dr Louise Newson and her very dedicated team, Tracy realised that after spending years listening to young girls it was now time for her to listen to ladies.

Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre is the most perfect environment; calm, relaxed and tranquil. Tracy loves seeing our patients’ walking out the door with an air of confidence, hope and serenity.

Polly Hubbard

Polly Hubbard

Health Care Assistant

Pollys’ working life has mainly been within the NHS, receiving her long service award in 2012. She has nursed in various care settings in Warwickshire hospitals including medicine, ENT and minor injuries. Before moving to Newson Health, Polly worked in a busy GP practice in Stratford. The dedication, hard work and expert care of the nurses team saw them win the Primary Care Nursing Achievements reward in 2017.

Polly is known for her compassion, high quality of patient care and understanding approach. It’s these professional high standards and personality traits that lend themselves so well to women’s health, and why she’s happy to be a part of the team at Newson Health.

Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker

Practice Manager

Sarah has worked for a number of years in the private sector but is thrilled to now be part of the Newson Health team. Sarah is responsible for the day to day running of the clinic with patient satisfaction being very important. Sarah is always happy to speak to patients about the services we provide here and answer any queries or comments they may have.

Claire Chantrey

Claire Chantrey

Facilities Manager

Claire has worked for a number of years in a private clinic as well as being an experienced interior designer. Claire is responsible for the interior design and the project management of the restoration of the beautiful Georgian building that is the setting for Newson Health.

She manages the facilities within the clinic, maintaining the upkeep of the day to day needs of the business and will be involved with our patient satisfaction survey, she is excited to be working for Newson Health.

 

Admin Team

Admin Team

Meet our friendly admin team Alice, Julia, Hilary and Wendy. When you call or visit us you will be greeted by one of our team who will be happy to help answer any queries you have.