Blue Practice

GP Partners

  • Dr Roderick Shaw

  • BSc (Hons) 1982 (St And), MB, ChB 1985 (Man), MRCGP 1989
  • “I have been a partner at the practice for the last 25 years, and I am married with two sons. My main interest is minor surgery. Outside of work, I have retired from competitive triathlons but continue to swim, cycle and run at a sedate pace.”

  • Dr Douglas Thyne

  • MB, ChB [Edin], MRCGP
  • “I have been a Partner at the practice since 2004 and I am a GP Trainer, Medical Student Tutor for 1st and 5th Year Students. I am the Prescribing lead at the practice and I have other interests in Hypertension, Cancer and Palliative Care. I am married to a hospital doctor and we have 3 […]

  • Dr Peter Twiddy

  • MB, ChB 1985 [Edin], DCCH 1991, MRCGP 1993
  • “I studied medicine at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1985. After my General Practice training and passing the MRCGP, I joined the Blue Practice as a partner in 1995. I am involved in medical student teaching; teaching clinical skills to students and assessing and marking professional student examinations. I am a General Practice Trainer and Educational […]

  • Dr Susan Drummond

  • MB, ChB (Abn), MRCGP
  • “My interests include Diabetes, women’s health and contraception. I am involved with student teaching at the practice, and having a young family I have some experience of paediatrics!”

  • Dr Heather Molyneux

  • “I studied medicine at Newcastle University and graduated in 2001. I spent some time working in Newcastle, Sydney and London before coming back to Edinburgh where I grew up. I joined the practice in 2013 and my interests include women’s health and contraception. I enjoy teaching and look after the sixth year medical students from […]

General Manager

  • Susan Duncan

  • “I started working for the practice in 1996.  As well as managing the practice I also Chair a group of managers in North West Edinburgh and represent them on management committees.  Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and crafting – I make jewellery, patchwork quilts and Mosaic pieces.  I […]


  • Keri Humphreys

  • “I have worked at the practice since 2013, and have done a little bit of everything on the admin side of things. I really adore my job and the team that I work with. Originally from Belfast, I try to get home to see my family and friends as much as possible. Outside of work I am a […]

Salaried GP

  • Dr Jo Loudon

  • “I studied Medicine at Nottingham University and graduated in 2002. I have worked in Nottingham and Edinburgh mainly but I have also spent 2 separate years working as a junior doctor and GP in Australia. My interests include women’s health and paediatrics. I am fully trained in contraceptive implant and coil insertion. I have three […]

  • Dr Louise Ratcliffe

  • MBChB, BMedSci(hons), MRCGP, DFSRH
  • “I graduated from the university of Edinburgh in 2011 and joined the blue practice in August 2017. I am delighted to be a part of the team. I enjoy work as a GP and am particularly interested in women’s and sexual health. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, hill walking in the highlands and spending […]

Junior Doctors

  • Dr Emily McCall-Smith

  • [Currently on maternity leave] “I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2010 and have been working both in the local Edinburgh hospitals and general practice since. I am a registrar in my final year of GP training and I love my job at the Blue Practice. My interests include women’s health, sexual health and palliative care. […]

  • Dr Sophia Henderson

  • “I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 and then moved up to Edinburgh for my foundation training. I’m currently in my second year rotating around different community and hospital specialities. Most recently I have been on General surgery in Kirkcaldy. I will be working at the Blue Practice for 4 months starting in […]

  • Dr Elliot Pemberton

  • “I studied medicine at Edinburgh University, graduating in 2015. Since then, I have worked in various hospital specialties, most recently General Surgery at the Royal Infirmary. I will be at the practice for 6 months starting in August 2017. I will be balancing my time between work and spending time with my son who was […]

Practice Nurses

  • Suzanne Thomson

  • “I have worked at the practice for almost a year, and I have a special interest in tissue viability nursing (wound care). My favourite food is anything Asian of origin and I enjoy reading books on travel writing.”

  • Lesley Jolliffe

  • “I have worked as a Practice Nurse at the Blue Practice for 20 years. I really enjoy my job, within which my main interests are Travel Medicine and Diabetes. Outside of work, I am a keen chef and enjoy trying new foods. I have property in the Borders where I will usually be found enjoying […]

Treatment Room

  • Collette Clark

  • “I have worked for the practice for 10 years now. I really enjoy the versatility of my job; my time is split between reception, admin work and running clinics as a Healthcare Assistant. I try to go away a couple of times a year to sample the culture and foods of other countries and in […]

Administration Team

  • Andrena Vafaie

  • “I have been working at the practice now for over 4 years (how time flies when you are enjoying yourself!). Seriously, we are a small friendly team and it is a pleasure to work here. Outside work, there’s nothing I enjoy more than spending time with the family and friends.”

  • Carole Howard

  • “My name is Carole. I have been part of the wonderful reception team at the Blue Practice since 2014. I have always had an interest in health care & love to be involved in helping people be their best. I love spending time with my family, watching sporting events especially rugby matches (with a great […]

  • Collette Clark

  • “I have worked for the practice for 10 years now. I really enjoy the versatility of my job; my time is split between reception, admin work and running clinics as a Healthcare Assistant. I try to go away a couple of times a year to sample the culture and foods of other countries and in […]

  • Marie-Pier Girard

  • My name is Marie, I am from Montreal. I moved to Edinburgh after a year of travelling. Back in Montreal I worked as a nurse for two years. In my spare time I like cooking and love eating even more. I enjoy sports and I am always up for a good laugh.

  • Aaron Etchingham

  • “Hi I’m Aaron and I’m from Blyth, Northumberland. I moved to Edinburgh in 2015 with my girlfriend. I am a big fan of sport, in particularly football and I am a Newcastle United fan unfortunately. I have previously studied sports rehabilitation and have qualifications in Gym instruction and Deep tissue massage.”

  • Maria Moore

  • “My name is Maria, I moved to Edinburgh from Ireland in 2013 and I haven’t gone home since. I love it here. Previous to my job with the practice, I worked in Social Care. My hobbies include singing, yoga and watching movies, especially horrors.”

  • Leighan Baxter

  • “I have been with the practice for over a year now. I am both a receptionist and secretary for the practice. My favourite part of my job is chasing up insurance companies for money! In my spare time I am a busy mum to a young daughter, and I’m very partial to a cheese board!”

  • Emilie Hwang

  • “A long hopscotch adventure of workshop-leading, dish washing, child-minding, and a Masters in literature, led me from Sweden to Scotland. I feel lucky to have been welcomed to this practice, where people are at the heart of everything and where laughter lifts and lands throughout the days. I am a writer and a spoken word […]

Lorna Hand is our Healthcare Assistant.