Ferniehill Surgery

8 Ferniehill Road


EH17 7AB

0131 664 2166

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Practice Nurses
Practice Team
Health Visitors

District Nurses

Phone number 672 9535  

Available between  8am & 4.30pm Monday to Friday

(after 4.30pm, weekends and public holidays,  please contact  

NHS 24 on 111)

Our District Nursing team is headed up by Leigh Williams.  Leigh and her team provide care to our housebound patients in their own home.

Your doctor or the hospital may refer you to our District Nurses if you are unable to attend the surgery for the nursing care you require.

If you need to contact the District Nurses, please leave a message on their answering machine, and they will get back to you as soon as they can.

Community Midwives

0131 672 9457

Ramona Shillinglaw  

Based at Gracemount Medical Centre    

There is a clinic in the practice Wednesday afternoons 2pm – 3.30pm.

These appointment are pre-booked with the midwife. Unfortunately, the practice does not

have access to the midwives appointment diary.

Health Visiting

0131 672 9511

Health Visitors Ali Reid and Angela Carroll   

If you require advice on health matters or local services for all age

                 groups, Ali and Angela are here to help. Please leave a message on their answering machine, and they will get back to you as soon as they can.

They specialise in growth and development of children under 5 and are also happy to offer support and advice to older patients and some patients recently discharged from hospital.

The Practice Team

Our practice team is headed up by Mrs Debbie Nicholson Practice Manager, who is responsible for the day to day running of the surgery.

The team consists of 15 clerical, reception, secretarial, nursing and cleaning staff.  We are always looking for ways to improve services. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please contact Debbie.

Administrative Staff


Lesley Gardner (Head Receptionist)

Susan Greenhorn

Carol Farrell

Jennifer Connet

Cassie Muir

Anne Marie Cumming


Fiona Edward/Cassie Muir

In the ‘back offices’ our Secretary, Lesley Cowan provides secretarial services to the GPs.  Our office team is headed up by our Office Administrator, Julie Conaghan, who along along with our admin staff -  Fiona Edward, Susan Greenhorn, Carol Farrell, and Alana Kaja input data for diseases, prescriptions and recall systems.  

Practice Nurses

The practice nurse team is headed up by Rebekah Parker

Her team includes:

  • Emma McLeish
  • Tina Mooney
  • Gillian Brydon

The nurses work in the surgery and are available Monday to Friday.  They provide a full range of nursing services such as dressings, removal of sutures, cervical smears, ear syringing, family planning, chronic disease management etc.  Appointments arranged via reception.

The Doctors

Dr. Judy Buchan - BSc, MB ChB, MRCGP

Born in Edinburgh, Dr. Buchan attended St. Andrews and Manchester Universities and has special interests in Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Child Health.

Dr. Azhar Afzal - MB ChB., MRCGP

Dr Afzal originating from Edinburgh, graduated from Glasgow University in 2003. His particular interests are Ophthalmology and Minor Surgery


Dr Catherine Blyth - MB ChB, MRCGP, DFSRH, DRCOG

Dr Blyth graduated from Edinburgh University. Her special interests are in Women’s Health, Family Planning and Palliative Care.

Dr Sarah Warwick - MB BChir, MRCGP, DRCOG, DCCH

Dr Warwick graduated from Cambridge University, and has special interests in dermatology and Women’s and Children’s Health  

Dr Alison Pirie - MBChB DRCOG MRCGP

Dr Pirie graduated from Aberdeen University in 2009. She has special interests in Women’s Health, dermatology and education

Dr Susan Henderson - MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH


Dr Henderson graduated from Edinburgh University.  Her special interest is Family Planning and she fits contraceptive implants and coils.

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