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. He is involved in training foundation doctors and intends in the future to train medical students. Interests include prescribing and respiratory disorders and he also performs vasectomies. He is married and has 2 children.

Dr Vanessa J Warren

MBChB (Liverpool 1991), MRCGP, DFFP, DRCOG

Dr Warren joined the practice 2005. She works part time. Her Special interests are women’s health, family planning and palliative care. She is also involved in training doctors. She has 2 young sons and numerous pets to keep her busy at home. Her hobbies include walking, music, skiing, swimming and cycling.

Dr. S. Ahsan Raza

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

Dr Raza works at Pendleside 2 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 per week. Special interests include women’s and children’s health, diabetes and patient participation. Having moved to Clitheroe and giving birth to her daughter Isla in the same month, Dr Astle is getting to grips with motherhood, gardening, and jogging with a buggy.

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 for 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.

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 in their illness management and health promotion. They are available for consultation by appointment with reception. They deal with many things including asthma, cervical smears, new patient checks, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, diet and smoking. They 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

Sarah Hemingway

Kirsty Downham

Practice Team

Mrs Sharon Orr 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 Ribble Valley Midwifery Team.

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