Our Doctors

Dr Henryk John Zakrzewski (Known as Dr John Zak)
MBChB (Manchester 1990), FRCGP

Dr Zak joined the practice in 1994. He is actively involved in training doctors. He has an interest in Primary Care computing and is involved in ensuring the practice have up to date IT systems in place. He enjoys a variety of gym classes, mountain biking, activity holidays and family life. He plays competitive football and continues to represent the British Medical Football Team in goal since 2006. He is married to Stephanie and they have 4 grown up children.

Dr Nigel H McMeekin
MBChB (Cardiff 1991), FRCGP, DCH

Dr McMeekin joined the Practice in 1997. Interests include prescribing matters and respiratory disorders. He is involved in training medical students. He is married and has 2 grown up children.

Dr Vanessa J Warren
MBChB (Liverpool 1991), MRCGP, DFFP, DRCOG

Dr Warren has been at the practice for 15 years now, over that time she has developed increasing skills in women’s health and she fits implants and coils for our patients. She is also passionate about palliative care and care in the last days of life. As well as working in the surgery she represents East Lancs CCG as their End-of-Life clinical lead, this can mean she is out of the practice for 1/2 to one day a week. Out of work she is a keen runner and trains regularly with Dr Astle and completed her first marathon this year to celebrate turning 50. She has 2 sons who are both now at university but still has 3 dogs at home to look after and keep her active. She is also an active member of Clitheroe Town Band where she plays the clarinet.

Dr. S. Ahsan Raza
BSc (Medical Sciences) St. Andrews 2000 MBChB (Manchester 2003) MRCGP, DFFP, DRCOG DPD

Dr Raza works at Pendleside two and a half days a week and his special interests are dermatology, minor surgery, and teaching. He currently spends the other one and a half days doing dermatology clinics in East Lancashire. He has a young family and enjoys spending time with them, honing their golf and football skills. In his spare time, he likes to go to watch his favourite football team, Liverpool with his sons and also enjoys watching films and travelling.

Dr Ariel Pakman
MBChB (Manchester 2006), MRCGP, DFSRH

Dr Pakman joined the practice in 2014 having moved to the area to be closer to family. He works 4 days a week, his specialism is being a generalist.  He is a fan of films and enjoys running.

Dr Sibtain Hussain


Dr Hussain joined the practice in 2014 after completing his registrar training with us. Special interests are minor surgery, dermatology, and musculoskeletal disease. Dr Hussain currently works four days a week. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, playing cricket in the Pendle League and spending time with his family.

Dr Michael Wright
BMedSci BMBS (Nottingham 2013), MRCGP

Dr Wright has always had a passion for helping people improve their physical health and mental well being. This was perhaps ignited and certainly encouraged, by his mother, who worked her entire career in the NHS. After graduating from The University of Nottingham, he completed his foundation and junior doctor training across the hospitals of East Lancashire. He joined Pendleside in 2018 and is excited to be part of an outstanding team. Dr Wright is a Christian; he has a young family and enjoys cricket, football and trifle.

Dr Shahida Khan
MB ChB Manchester, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH, PG Dip

Dr Khan joined the practice in 2022, having been a GP in East Lancashire for 10 years. She has a special interest in women’s health and fits coils and implants at the practice. In addition, she has an interest in medical education and involved in training doctors and examines for the University of Manchester. In her spare time, Dr Khan is a keen walker, likes to travel and spend time with her family and friends.

Dr Charlotte Fisher

Dr Fisher joined the practice in 2023. Prior to working at Pendleside, she had been a GP in Bolton for 5 years, after completing her training there. She currently works at the practice 2 days a week.  When not at work she is busy with her young family and enjoys gardening and reading.

Dr Clive Rudd

MBChB - (Manchester)


Dr. Clive Rudd joined our practice in February 2024, and currently resides in Didsbury with his wife. His academic journey led him through Manchester University, where he acquired the knowledge and skills foundational to his role as a general practitioner. Outside of surgery, Dr. Rudd finds respite in the simple pleasures of music, films, and politics.

Practice Nurses


Practice Nurses play a crucial role in assisting doctors with illness management and promoting health. They are available for consultations by appointment through our reception.

Our skilled nurses handle a wide range of services, including but not limited to asthma management, cervical smears, new patient assessments, diabetes care, cardiovascular issues, dietary guidance, and smoking cessation support. Additionally, they diligently monitor chronic conditions like high blood pressure and conduct regular reviews for patients on ongoing medications such as hormone replacement therapy and contraception.

Your doctor may recommend a consultation with one of our Practice Nurses for any of these healthcare needs.

Alison Pickford 

Advanced Nursing Practitioner

Emma Hoyle

Physician associate


Victoria Wood

Physician Associate

Carole Kay

Practice Nurse

Shelly Posthuma de Boer

Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Rachel Osbaldeston

Practice Nurse

Madeline Verlander

Practice Nurse

Alison Hargreaves

Practice Nurse

Sarah Hemingway

Practice Nurse

Jennifer Barker

Practice Nurse

Phillipa Kitson

Healthcare Assistant

Practice Team

Daniel Lord, our Practice Manager, is dedicated to assisting you with any administrative or non-medical aspects of your health and treatment journey. Supported by our team of medical receptionists led by Bobbie Bliss, we strive to provide assistance to both patients and doctors alike. We appreciate your patience and understanding during busy periods. Rest assured, confidentiality is paramount for all our staff members, as we are registered under the Data Protection Act.



The dispensary is open from 9am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. It is closed for staff training on Wednesdays from 1-2pm.

REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS: If you require regular medication, please allow 48 working hours before collecting a prescription. When phoning for a repeat prescription telephone 01200 401254.

Alternatively repeat prescriptions can be ordered via patient access.

Eligible patients who live out of town can have their prescription dispensed at the Health Centre.


Staff Attached to the Practice

The Children and Family Integrated Team are closely involved in the health care of patients, particularly children, expectant mothers, the elderly and physically handicapped. They are based at Whalley and can be contacted on 01254 828000.

There is a district nursing team, based in the same building which we have closes links to. They can be contacted by telephoning 01200 449109.


Training Doctors

The practice is an appointed general practitioner training practice and often benefits from the service of a general practice registrar. These are qualified doctors with variable degrees of hospital experience. The practice also has medical students sit in to give them experience in general practice. It is valuable for them to see patients, but please tell us if you object to their presence. Records may be used for doctors and medical staff involved in training. If you have any objections please inform reception. Occasionally a locum doctor may do a surgery to cover at peak periods.