On Friday 27th May 2022, Dr Stephanie Woodcock is leaving the Partnership of The Corner Surgery. Dr Woodcock has been a much loved & highly respected member of the team for 10 years & we know that she will be greatly missed by staff & patients alike. She has prepared the following statement for our patients:


“It is with heavy heart that I have made the very difficult decision to leave the Partnership of The Corner Surgery. Over the past few years the increasing demands placed on GPs from the NHS, Government and the media have made it very difficult for me to be the doctor, employer and colleague that I aspire to be. I would like to thank all the patients, staff and the partners at the practice, for their support and kindness to me over the past 10 years. I am very sad to be leaving the surgery but it is time to start the next chapter of my life.”


For over 6 months, The Corner Surgery has been working hard to try to recruit GPs to replace Dr Finn, who left the surgery earlier this year, & Dr Woodcock. Unfortunately, despite placing advertisements both locally & nationally, we have been unable to recruit any additional regular GPs.


Therefore, from June 2022, Drs Mulla & Smith will be the two remaining Partners of The Corner Surgery. This has required a change to our clinical model whereby each day, alongside their own patient consultations, they will be supervising & supporting a variety of other clinicians & trainees. 


In July, another Advanced Nurse Practitioner will be joining the team; from August, we will start hosting junior doctors at the practice; & from September, we should have a female GP in post again. During this transition period, we have engaged some locum clinicians to help protect our appointment capacity. 


If your named, allocated GP was Dr Woodcock this has now been changed to Dr Smith.  However, please note that our GPs do not hold specific patient lists so you may consult with any GP at the surgery depending on their day-to-day availability.


Drs Mulla & Smith & the staff of The Corner Surgery would like to thank our patients in anticipation of their understanding during these changes. GP recruitment & retention has reached a crisis point so we are supporting the national campaign to help Rebuild General Practice: https://rebuildgp.co.uk