Please be aware that if you are coming into the surgery you MUST wear a face covering. This is for your own protection and that of our staff.  You will be offered hand sanitiser on entry into the building. Please remember to wash your hands when you get home.      

Thank you.                                                                                                          

Named GP

All patients registered at Barrack Lane Medical Centre hold a practice wide registration. This means you can elect to be seen at either Barrack Lane or Stoke Park site. Every patient is allocated a named GP, but this does not prevent you from seeing the clinician of your choice if they have availability. If you would like more details please contact us or ask at reception.

When you need to be seen  

We will offer you a same day appointment with a member of our On the Day Team. Appointments can be arranged by calling the surgery direct or can be booked on line. Our On the Day team are supported by a designated Duty Doctor who is available for urgent problems.

To save a time consuming trip to the surgery...

Our clinicians are available each day for telephone consultations and to provide advice.

When you need a follow-up appointment or are asked to come back...

Our reception staff will organise a telephone assessment for you, with a clinician of your choice, who will call you back to discuss your needs and arrange a face to face appointment if you agree that one is needed. 

Keep or Cancel

Patients who do not attend for their appointments cost the National Health Service many millions of pounds each year.

If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.

By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot.

Out of Hours

For urgent advice after the surgery has closed, during the night and at weekends dial 111 for the Out of Hours Service for Suffolk. Calls to this service are free of charge from both landlines and mobiles. 

Test Results

Specimens need to be dropped in at the reception desk by 12 noon so that we can send the samples off to the laboratories.  Please ring for results after 2.30pm when the surgery is less busy.


Nurse Practitioners

We have highly trained and dedicated Nurse Practitioners that support our doctors.


Penny SibthorpPenny Sibthorp
I qualified in 2001 from the University of Surrey with a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing and then began working first in a Medical Assessment Unit and then in Accident and Emergency. After awhile I caught the travelling bug and went to Australia to work for a year. When I returned to the UK I decided not to go back to the hospital but to work within the community as a District Nurse.

In 2005 I began working at Barrack Lane as a Practice Nurse. Since then I have qualified as a nurse prescriber and cover a wide range of clinics but mainly focus on those patients with chronic conditions. I recently completed a physical assessment course, which I am using to develop my skills within minor illness consultations. I really enjoy all aspects of nursing within general practice but my areas of interest are wound management, travel health and diabetes.
Cathryn SilverCathryn Silver

Originally from Australia I graduated with a Certificate of General Nursing in 1986. I continued to work and study within hospitals both in the States of South Australia and Tasmania, completing my Certificate in Intensive Care and Midwifery. In 1991 I decided to combine my desire to travel and my nursing career, hence travelled to London for a two year working holiday. I spent a further three years in Saudi Arabia before returning to Ipswich in 1996. I have continued to study and to work, completing my Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) I worked both in the NHS and Private hospitals before undertaking my position at Barrack Lane as a Practice Nurse in 2004.

I have now qualified as a Nurse Prescriber and have completed my Bsc (Hons) in Adult Nursing. I undertake various tasks as part of the nursing team and have an interest in long term conditions, in particular, diabetes.

Tina GipsonTina Gipson

I qualified in 1987 from North East Essex School of nursing, and then began working within acute Medicine. I then moved to Ipswich where I worked as a staff Nurse at Ipswich Hospital within care of the elderly, coronary care and endoscopy.

In between this I had my two sons, and with family support I was able to continue with my work. I then decided to change direction, and began work as practice nurse in general practice in Bury St Edmunds. Soon after this I began working at Barrack lane in April 2003. Since then I have completed my Asthma Diploma and generally enjoy all aspects of my work. My outside interests are keeping fit, music, cooking and running. I often participate in the weekly Parkrun.

Samantha Wilkins (f)

I have been a registered nurse since February 2011. I have undertaken various roles across different services and joined the practice in November 2017.

I see patients for wound dressings, Long Term Conditions, contraception, immunisations, cervical smears, and a variety of other conditions.

Eliza Hall (f)

Eliza has recently joined the practice. She is new to General Practice and is undertaking further training to enhance her clinical skills.

Mary Sentance (f)

Mary Sentance is a qualified Practice Nurse who joined our Practice in January 2020.

She has worked in general practice for many years and has a wide range of knowledge and experience in practice nursing. 

Nurse Zoe White (f)

Zoe White joined our surgery in December 2019.

She is new to General Practice and is undertaking further training to enhance her clinical skills.

Health Practitioners

Ian Hines

Ian has 35 years experience in emergency care and trauma. He qualified as a Paramedic in 1990 and as an Emergency Care Practitioner at the University of East Anglia in 2006.

He is a keen cyclist who has raced for 25 years.

Neil Lawrence (Paramedic)

Neil has worked in the NHS since 1988.

He first worked in the operating theatres at the hospital and in 2000 he moved to the ambulance service, qualifying as a paramedic.

He joined Barrack Lane Medical Centre in March 2018 and sees patients with minor Illness problems as well as visiting housebound patients at home who are unable to get to the surgery.  

Megan Dawson (Paramedic)

Megan joined Barrack Lane Medical Centre in January 2020 and sees patients with minor Illness problems as well as visiting housebound patients at home who are unable to get to the surgery.  

Jessica Cook (Social Prescriber)

Jess is a Social prescriber who works Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at Barrack Lane. She is able to give patients more time, focusing on ‘what matters to you’ and takes more of a holistic approach to people’s Health and Wellbeing.

She can help patients connect to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Healthcare Assistants

Donna Munson is our Assistant Practitioner who holds clinics at both surgeries. You can see her for blood tests, blood pressure checks, 24hr BP, 24hr ECG, Flu vaccinations, wound dressings and health checks.


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