OUR PRACTICE FRIENDS
Gillian Manning has worked in the NHS (locally and nationally) and a University Medical School for more than 45 years but a decision to work part-time left her with time to contribute to the NHS in a voluntary capacity. She enjoys her role as an administrator in the Tuesday Leg Club at Westham Methodist Church and contributing to the activities of the friends coordinating the production of the Patient Services Directory and general communications.
Anni Douglas has lived in Wyke for almost 6 years, but has worked in Weymouth since 2010, and retired 2 years ago to give her more time to enjoy travelling, cooking for friends, sewing and botanic art. Having been a primary teacher, then a C of E Vicar for 30+ years she still helps at local churches quite a bit. Married for nearly 50 years, she and her husband have 2 adult daughters and 4 grandchildren. You can see her helping with Tuesday Teas Together.
Ken Quickfall was born in 1946 in Lincolnshire, joined the RAF at the age of 15 and retired at age of 30. He then became a consultant engineer working for BAESYSTEMS for the next 30 years on the design of military systems. He married Sally in 1968 at the age of 22 and they were married for 50 years before he lost her on the 1st September 2018. He has two sons and 3 grandchildren.
Tina Phelps is a Practice Health Champion volunteer. She has lived in Weymouth for 30 years and has volunteered for different community groups in both Weymouth and Portland in that time. She is self-employed and has recently started “Move it or Lose it” classes for seniors. She volunteers at the Wyke and Lanehouse Practice and enjoys meeting with patients at the weekly tea and coffee afternoons
Susan Hamilton was born in Portwey Hospital and grew up in Radipole. She has lived in Weymouth all of her life. She has two daughters who also grew up in Radipole and attended Radipole and then Wey Valley School. Her hobbies include walking, swimming and riding her bike. Susan worked for the NHS for a number of years at Portland Hospital and together with her husband they spend their holidays touring in their Motor Home and meeting new people. Susan jointly co-ordinates the Tuesday Tea Together.
Rosemary Smeeton joined the Wyke Surgery Friends because she knows how important it is to give patients and staff practical help.She has been working with the Surgery for the last 5 years through the Patient Participation Group (PPG) which she chairs. The PPG gives the patients a voice on health issues which is conveyed to the surgery and health organisations beyond. Likewise they keep patients in touch with important health issues locally and nationally. Rosemary has lived in this area since 1973 and says that “it has been a wonderful area to bring up my children and now grandchildren”. Her background is as an educator working initially in schools but mostly with adults and older teenagers and she was at the college for 20 years. She has had Systemic Lupus Erythmatosis since 1974 and is particularly interested in helping others to self-manage long term conditions.
Christine Ward was born in Leeds and married her husband Hedley also from Leeds, in 1966. He was serving in the Royal Navy so they moved to Portland in 1967 for six months and have never left the area!! They have a daughter and son and moved to our present home in Weymouth in 1974. They have 8 grandchildren aged from 7 to 30 years of age and 2 delightful great grandsons so have a very active family life. Christine was employed at the Land Registry for 28 years working in the legal services, then in training and latterly in personnel. Although they did not live abroad whilst her husband was in the services, they travelled a great deal when he left and have probably visited around 70 countries - a sailor always has itchy feet!!
Norman Dunstan is a proud Cornishman. He served 12 years as an RAF Electronics fitter then spent a further 24 years In the NGL Technical Publications Department in Yeovil. Following redundancy he moved to Wyke Regis in 2010. Thanks to prompt diagnosis over 4 years ago and the care from the Wyke Regis team and Dorset County Hospital he has survived stomach cancer. Because of this he hoped to give something back by joining the Practice Champion initiative which later developed into the Friends as a member of the Tuesday Teas Together team.
Pennie South has lived in Weymouth for 8years where in her retirement she became a Wayfinder (an organisation funded in part by the NHS giving advice to elderly people) and then ran a Befriending service for the RVS. Prior to this she taught in Secondary Schools for 30 years, her main subject was English but she taught more Food and Textiles. In her leisure time she also ran yoga classes for a number of years. Now her time is mainly taken up with a little black Spaniel girl called magic.
Pippa Tildesley was born in Woking but grew up in Norfolk, mainly in Norwich. After her degree Pippa did VSO in Uganda, teaching in a newly set up Secondary school for girls by the White Sisters, a Missionary order of Nuns. When she returned home she did the post-graduate year to train as a Primary school teacher. After a probationary year teaching in Manchester's Moss side, she returned to Norfolk. When her daughter was born she was a full-time mum until her daughter was at school and then worked as a classroom assistant, and later took a part-time job with Age Concern as a Flexible Carer, when she was living in Oxfordshire. She moved to Weymouth in 2007.