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Dr Ian Orpen

MB ChB Cape Town 1982 MRCGP DCH DGM.

Dr Orpen has been a partner at St James's since 1991 and was a GP trainer for 12 years. He was also a GP specialist in Orthopaedics at the RUH for 15 years. He is currently Chair of NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG, the organisation responsible for the planning and purchasing of most NHS services in the area.

Dr Sharon Gillings


Qualified from The London Hospital Medical College in 1995 and joined St James's Surgery in 2002. She has special interests in diabetes, cardiovascular medicine and child health.

Dr Kate Rees

MBChB Bsc MRCGP graduated in 2000 at Edinburgh University.

Dr Rees joined surgery in 2005 and works part time. She has special interests in Family Planning, Women's health and Dermatology.

Dr Arun Gadhok

BA, MBBS, MRCP, DCH, MRCGP qualified from University College London in 1999.

Dr Gadhok spent several years as a GP partner in Brixton, South London and relocated with his family to Bath in 2015. In London he was a GP trainer and a GP appraiser, and he is hoping to become a GP trainer in Bath. He also works one day a week as a GP adviser to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.


Dr Boo McConnell

MBChB MRCGP Qualified at Liverpool University in 1983.

Dr McConnell has been a partner in the surgery for 9 years. She has lots of experience in various hospital roles and many years in a General Practice in Bath and Northern Ireland. Special interests are asthma, mental health and contraception.

Dr Louise Leach

louiseI qualified at King's College, London in 1983. I ran a successful small city centre practice in Bath for 25 years which merged with St James's in 2016 and I now work part time. 

I have an interest in rheumatology and I am the Named GP for Adult Safeguarding at BANES CCG.

Dr Helen Forshaw
Dr Jan Tasker


GP Registrar

General Practitioner Training Scheme

The practice is involved in the general practice training scheme. Under this scheme, postgraduate doctors with at least three years' hospital experience will spend a year with the practice developing the skills required for general practice.

Also some of the hospital doctors spend time with us under close supervisor as part of their training. Video consultations are used as a training exercise only with full consent of the patient involved. 

We really appreciate our patients co-operation with training the doctors of the future.

We also sometimes have medical students who spend time with us in the surgery observing GP work. As trainee doctors, the students are bound by the same confidentiality rules as all members of the Health Care team.

Dr J Bristow (f)
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