The Croft Surgery

Kirkbride, Carlisle, Cumbria CA7 5JH

Practice Staff


Dr Elspeth Swan MBBS, MA(Cantab), DRCOG,
Qualified – Cambridge University 1985 and Newcastle University medical School 1988. She has been with the Practice since July 1996.

Dr Josephine Hewson, MBChB, DRCOG, DPD
Qualified – Dundee University 1997

Dr Gareth Smith MBBS
Qualified – The University of Newcastle upon Tyne 2010
Gareth joined the practice in April 2016

Dr Ruth Pearce

A retained GP, Ruth has been with us since April 2018.

Dr Sam Barnes

Sam is our GP registrar

All partners have passed the Royal College of General Practitioners exam.

General Staff

Joanne Paisley, Practice Business Manager


Sue Clark, Practice Nurse

Debra Williams, Practice Nurse

Emma Smith, Practice Nurse

Our nurses carry out many procedures in the Practice.

Patients should book appointments with the nurses for chronic disease monitoring and reviews (Asthma, COPD and Diabetes – with Sue), contraceptive pill checks, hypertension monitoring and cervical screening (smears – Sue and Debra), baby vaccinations, wound care, suture removal, leg ulcer care, and injections.
Please ask the receptionist when booking appointments so they can guide you to make your appointment with the most suitable person. This may save you a wasted journey as not all nurses carry out exactly the same roles within the practice.

Administration and Dispensary Team

Our ancillary staff are very important for the smooth functioning of the practice. Their job is demanding and your consideration, support and courtesy are appreciated.

Primary Health Care Team

We also work closely with the primary health care team. Non-urgent messages can be left for them at the surgery but if urgent it is usually best to contact them directly.

District Nurses

We work closely with a team of District Nurses who help us to look after people in our area. They come to the surgery to pick up messages every day if you need to contact them urgently ask at reception and we can contact them directly. For urgent messages, phone 016973 41827 to speak directly to them. Messages can also be left on their answer machine 016973 66607


We have a midwife who runs an ante-natal clinic in the practice on Tuesday mornings. She also sees mothers and babies in their homes after the birth. Messages for the midwife can be left in the surgery or by phoning 016973 66609

Health Visitors

The Health Visitors help with child health.  They run clinics at Wigton Surgery, the times of these vary.  If you need to contact them directly, their contact number is 016973 66608.

MacMillan Nurse
We work with a MacMillan Nurse who helps with the care of people with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Community Psychiatry
Our local centre for community psychiatry services is The Brookside Centre, Wigton. Messages can be left for the Community Psychiatric Nurse on 01228 602099.
We also have trained counsellors, they see patients in the practice who have been referred by the Doctor.

All diabetic patients will be offered annual chiropody and podiatry checks in the practice. Unfortunately, there is no NHS provision for non-diabetic people. AGE UK West Cumbria can provide a list of chiropodists who are able to provide a toe nail cutting service. Please contact their service manager  Anne Stoddart on 08443 843 843

Smoking Cessation
The service can be contacted on 01900 324222. The counsellors do sessions at several venues in the district.