The Fullarton Medical Practice
NHS 24 have a new FREE telephone number which is: 111. If you need medical attention, or advice when the practice is closed please dial 111.
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Meet Our Clinical Team


Dr Alan A J White MB ChB (Glasgow 1983) MRCGP DRCOG
I joined the practice in May 1988 when I replaced Jimmy Walker.  In the 1990s we acquired additional premises at 18 Fullarton Street due to the  expansion of staffing and various contract changes affecting  General Practice.  In October 2002 we moved to our current purpose-built premises.  During this time  I have continued my interest in Chest diseases, Dermatology and Minor surgery and been the lead Trainer since 1995.  General Practice has changed dramatically in the time that I have been in Ayr and bears no resemblance to the computer-free, paper-heavy system of the 1980s.   Away from work I continue to try to improve my golf and tennis but not always successfully. 
I usually work all day Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Dr Joanne L Ashcroft MB ChB (Glasgow 1988) MRCGP DFFP
My specialist interests are family planning, sexual health, and menopause management. 
I usually work Monday all day, Tuesday morning, Wednesday all day, Thursday morning and all day Friday.
Photograph to follow.

Dr Linsey Walker, MB ChB (Edinburgh 1998), MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH
I graduated from Edinburgh University in 1998 and worked as a GP in England before moving to Ayr.  I have been with the practice since 2008 and a partner since 2013.  I have a special interest in Womens' health and fit contraceptive coils and implants.  I am a rugby fan and enjoy running (not very fast).   I am the link GP for Ayr parkrun.
I  usually work 1/2 day Wednesday and all day Thursday and Friday.

Dr Stephen Dunne MB ChB (Dundee 2008), MRCGP, DCH
I was born and raised in Ayr and graduated from Dundee  University in 2008.  After graduation I completed foundation training and then spent a year working in an emergency department in Australia.  I completed GP training within the Fullarton Medical Practice and returned to the practice as  a GP Partner in 2016.   I have a keen interest in paediatrics, COPD, asthma and men's health.  I offer joint injections and some minor surgical procedures. I am an acredited trainer for the GP training programme. 
When not at work my 4 kids keep me very busy!
I  usually work  in the practice  every day except Wednesday. 

Dr Gemma Freestone MB ChB (Glasgow 2008)
I am originally from Yorkshire and came to Scotland in 2001 to study Medicine at Glasgow University.  I trained as a GP in Ayrshire & Arran and completed my GP training with the Fullarton Practice.  I have been working in Ayrshire and Arran since I qualified and was delighted to return to the Fullarton Practice as a GP Partner in 2019.  I work part-time and have an interest in teaching, women's health and paediatrics.  Outside of work I enjoy exercise classes and spending time with my 3 young children.
I usually work Monday morning and all day Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dr Naomi Brown MB ChB (Glasgow 2009)
I graduated from Glasgow University in 2009.  After completing Foundation training in Glasgow, I moved to Ayrshire to start GP training with the Fullarton medical Practice in 2013.  In March 2019 and 3 babies later, I (finally) completed my training and became a salaried GP with the practice.  In addition to GP training I gained  experience in Palliative Care at the Ayrshire Hospice and I continue to have an interest in this area. 
I usually work all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.

 GP Registrars
 Dr Prithvi Shiva Kumar and Dr Connor McKenzie

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Mrs Lynn Callaghan, RCN Approved Nurse Practitioner
Independent & Supplementary Nurse Prescriber,
BSc Nursing Studies RGN,

I started my nursing career in Intensive Care and returned to University while working to study advanced practice and worked as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner  in Medical Receiving at Ayr and Crosshouse Hospitals.  In my spare time I like to play golf and socialise with family and friends.
I work Monday to Thursday.

Mrs Joanne Cullen, BN (Hons), Msc (Nursing), RGN.                                    Photograph to follow
Joanne has been with the practice since December 2016
to continue her general practice training.  She is currently on maternity leave.

Mrs Lisa Malcom, RGN
Independent & Supplementary Nurse Prescriber,

I have been working in general practice as a practice nurse  
for many years and gained knowledge and expertise in chronic
disease management, sexual health and minor ailments.
I recently gained my nurse prescribing qualification (August 19)  and am continuing my Advanced Practitioner training.  Outside work and study my 3 children keep me busy.  Never a dull moment!
I usually work Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

General Practice Clinical Pharmacist
Mrs Rachel Falconer, MRPharmS PIP
I am a qualified independent prescriber and my role in
the practice is continually developing which I enjoy!
Currently, I am involved in dealing with hospital discharge
letters, acute medication requests, assisting with pharmaceutical
queries and conducting medication reviews.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss your prescription or make an
appointment for a routine medication review.
I am available Monday - Friday afternoons and am always happy to help.

Mr Brian Scarisbrick Bsc (Hons)

I graduated from Liverpool University and specialised in MSK physiotherapy
before moving to Scotland in 2004.  I continued my studies whilst working
and completed my Masters in 2012.  I joined the Fullarton Medical Practice
in 2016  offering a first contact service, providing self management advice, 
corticosteroid joint injections, arrange further investigations or appropriate 
referrals.  I recently qualified as a non medical prescriber. Outside of work I
am a keen runner taking part in half marathons and 10k events.  I also practise 
I usually work in the practice on a Tuesday.   


Meet Our Nursing Staff

Staff Nurse Sandra Wylie RCN, Asthma Dip, Diabetes Dip

Sandra specialises in Chronic Disease Management and Women's
health.  Sandra is the lead practice nurse and provides support, mentoring
and ongoing training to the clinical team.  She delivers CPR update
training on an annual basis for admin and clinical staff.

Staff Nurse Nicola Nisbet, RCN

Nicola is a fully qualified staff nurse with practice nurse expereince
who is continuing her professional studies with NHS Education  for Scotland 
working towards her Practice Nurse qualification.   Outside of work her 2
young children keep her busy.

Staff Nurse Shannon Jones RCN
Shannon joined us in 2018 and is training as a Primary Care  Nurse.
Shannon is a fully qualified staff nurse who is continuing her training
in general practice.  

HCA Gillian McDonald
Gillian is a key member of the nursing team carrying our a range of
tasks e.g. ear syringing, phlebotomy and basic health checks.
Outside of work Gillian's 2 young sons keep her busy.

As well as general nursing duties, practice nurses  are available by appointment for general health and dietary advice, well person clinics and blood tests. They have  a particular expertise in family planning and are  closely involved in running  travel immunisation clinics, diabetic clinics and asthma/respiratory clinics with the doctors. 


District Nursing Staff - Community Nursing Team

There is a community nursing team attached to the practice. They are primarily available to give nursing care to patients in their homes at the request of the hospital, the doctors or relatives. In addition, the special needs of the over 75 year old patients are looked after by them. They can be contacted directly on 01292 513878

Health Visitors
Karin Smith and  Linda McGinn are involved in the healthcare of patients, particularly children, the elderly and physically disabled. Along with the Doctors in the practice, the health visitors carry out Child Health. They can be contacted directly on 01292 885532.

Meet Our Practice Team

Practice Manager

Joanne Gibson, Adv Dip Admin, BA Management.


I have worked in the NHS for  nearly 30 years in a variety of  admin posts starting in Ayr County x-ray department.  I joined the Fullarton Practice in 2004 and I just love the job and working with such a great team.

I returned to education as a mature student attending evening classes in Ayr College and completed my degree with Heriot Watt University in 2005.    I have a special interest in learning disabilities and carers and am a volunteer  with the Ayr Branch of Enable supporting the drama group.  In my spare time I enjoy theatre and concerts and eating out especially as  I am a terrible cook!

Receptionists and Administrative Staff |(photograph to follow when our new uniforms arrive)
Ellis Milligan
Hayley Wallace
Lynn Dawe
Alison Welsh
Amanda McNeillie
Mandy Sloan
Pauline Wright
Chiari Merli
Marie McArthur
Ailsa Watson

There are 6 full-time and 4 part-time staff who carry out administrative and reception duties and help patients with their enquiries. Reception staff are trained and qualified for their job and are a very important part of the healthcare team. They act on the Doctors' instructions and maintain the strictest confidentiality. When telephoning for medical attention they may ask you for some personal details which may include date of birth for accurate identification. This information helps them to deal with your enquiry quickly and efficiently.

Meet Our Attached Team

Community Psychiatric Nurses

They are based at Seafield Base, Doonfoot Road and are normally contacted through the Doctors in the practice. Those patients who have in the past, or are currently under their care can contact them directly. Patients can request to see their CPN at the surgery.

Health Visitors, Community Nurses and Dietitian

Information about the services provided are detailed in the section nursing and practice team.