Springwell Medical Centre
39 Ardmillan Terrace Edinburgh EH11 2JL
Tel: 0131 347 1860
Fax: 0131 347 1861
Out of Hours: 111
In August 2018 there were 223 missed appointments (DNA'd). Please cancel appointments if you are unable to attend.

The Doctors

Dr Sarah Butler  BSC (Hons),  PhD  MBChB (Edinburgh 1999), DRCOG, MRCGP
Dr Colin Entwistle  BSC (Hons), MBChB (Glasgow 1999), DROG, MRCGP
Dr Nicola McGregor  BSC (Hons), MBChB (Glasgow 1998), MRCGP
Dr Sarah Murray  BSC (Hons), MBChB (Aberdeen 2008), MRCGP
Dr Ruth Torlesse  MBChB (Edinburgh 1994), MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP
Dr Shehzad Ali  MBChB (Glasgow 2002)
Dr Eilis McKechanie MBCHis (Cambridge 2002), MRCS DROG, MRCGP
Dr Alasdair Lynch MBChB (Aberdeen 2010), MRCGP
GP Registrar
Fully  qualified doctor attached to the practice for 6-12 months to gain experience in General Practice.


Administration Team

Practice Manager  Alison Paterson

We have a large number of staff in the admin team.  Their duties range from reception work, secretarial, coding and summarising.  All administrative staff are here to help and are bound by confidentiallity.


Practice Nursing Team

Elizabeth Forrester  BA (Hons) Nursing Studies
Leith Murray Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)

The practice has two nurses who offer a wide range of general nursing services. These include dressings, cervical smears, ear syringing, injections, stitch removal etc. They also offer a variety of specialised clinics for Asthma/COPD, Diabetes, Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease and are able to provide patients with health promotion information and advice.

Health Care Assistant

Anne Frater

Anne is our Healthcare Assistant.  She carries out our blood tests, staple/stitch removal, basic dressings, Height/Weight/BMI and Urinalysis on Wednesdays (08:20-12:30 and 13:00-15:00), Thursdays (08:20-12:00 and 13:00-15:00) and Fridays (08:20-12:30 and 13:00-15:00)

Community Phlebotomist

Kate Ingram

Our community phlebotomist role involves visiting patients who are housebound to take their bloods. 

District Nursing Services

The District Nurse team who provides a service to the surgery is based at Slateford Medical Centre, Gorgie Park Close. They provide a comprehensive service to patients who are unable to attend the surgery due to physical health problems. If you need to contact the District Nurse team please call 0131 455 9849 between 08:00 and 16:30 Monday to Friday. An answering machine is available when the District Nurses are out of the office so please leave a message as this is checked regularly throughout the day. If you require a District Nurse after 16:30, at weekends or on a public holiday please call out of hours on 111.

Health Visiting Team

Hazel Abbott 
Health Visitor - BSc Health Science, BN Adult Nursing, BSc (Hons)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.
Laura Louden Health Visitor - RGN, RSCN, BA in community health (HV)
Wendy Coyle Registered Nurse
Linda Murray Health Care Assistant
Shiley Muir Community Nursery Nurse - BTec Dip in Nursery Nursing, BA in Chilhood Studies

The Health Visiting team offer advice to parents of children from birth to 5 years of age. They can offer surgery appointments or home visits by arrangement. The Health Visitors run a drop in baby clinic at Tynecastle Community Wing at Tynecastle High school every Thursday afternoon between 13:30 and 14:30. If you wish to speak to one of the Health Visiting team then please call 0131 537 7451 between 08.30 and 16.30 Monday to Friday.  An answering machine is available when the Health Visitors are out of the office so please leave a message as this is checked regularly throughout the day.


The midwives offer assessments and support during pregnancy until 10 days after the birth of your baby. The midwives are based at Slateford Medical Centre. They run clinics here at Springwell  Medical Centre on Tuesday mornings and afternoons and Wednesday morning weekly. These appointments are made by the midwives so we have no access to their appointment book. If you wish to contact the midwives please call 0131 536 2009.