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 am the GP mentor for the sixth year medical students […]

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

  • “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. Outside of work, I […]

  • Dr Vicky Sobolewska

  • “I studied medicine at the University of Aberdeen and also carried out an intercalated degree in Biomedical Sciences, graduating in 2016. I am originally from Edinburgh and decided to come back to work here. I have been working in different hospital specialties over the last 2 years and am looking forward to seeing what General […]

  • 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.