Practice Staff

Practice Staff

The practice was founded in 1926 by Dr Joseph Fairweather, who set up surgery on Wellgate. In November 1975 the practice moved into Clitheroe Health Centre which has a large well-equipped treatment room and a dispensary. In 2007 the Health Centre was extended and upgraded to provide a better waiting area for patients and increased capacity for consultations.


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 Lucy V Astle

Dr Astle joined Pendleside in 2011 and currently works three days a week. Her special interests include cardiovascular medicine, diabetes and women’s health. She also has an interest in research and quality improvement, both at Pendleside and for the Ribblesdale Primary Care Network. She has recently taken on a role at the University of Central Lancashire teaching 3rd and 4th year medical students. In her free time Dr Astle enjoys running with Dr Warren (plus one or two of Dr Warren’s dogs) Together, they completed their first marathon in April 2019 in Manchester. Dr Astle is married to Dr Martin Astle who works as a GP in Burnley. They have two children and enjoy Junior Parkrun with extended family.

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 and will be taking over Dr Carters list of patients. In his spare time he enjoys golf, plays 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. 

Advanced Nurse Practitioner 

Alison Pickford 

Alison is originally from Merseyside and moved to the Midlands and Southern England for nurse training and work. She then returned to the North West to work in Accident and Emergency at Royal Blackburn Hospital, before joining the Primary Care Team and becoming interested in women’s health. Alison is married with two teenage children and enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Practice Nurses

They assist the doctors with illness management and health promotion. They are available for consultation by appointment with reception. Practice Nurses deal with many things including asthma, cervical smears, new patient checks, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, diet and smoking. Our nurses also monitor chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, and review patients on regular medication, such as hormone replacement, contraception, etc. Your doctor may well advise you to see one of the Practice Nurses for any of these problems.

Carole Kay

Madeline Verlander

Rachel Osbaldeston

Alison Hargreaves


Shelly Posthuma De Boer

Sarah Hemingway

Kirsty Downham

Jennifer Barker


Practice Team

Mr Daniel Lord is the Practice Manager and will be available to help you with any administrative or non-medical aspects of your health and treatment. We have medical receptionists led by Bobbie Bliss who are there to help both patients and the doctors. This is not always an easy task and we would ask for your consideration and understanding at busy times. Please note that all practice staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the doctors. The practice is 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 413585, 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 413600.

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.

Community Midwives

The community midwives attend the antenatal clinics and also visit patients in their homes before and after the birth of their baby. They are expert in providing nursing care and advice. They can be contacted directly on 01254 733761 ask to speak to the Ribble Valley Midwifery Team.

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