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Our Practice Story

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SurreyGP was founded in 2008 by Dr Rachel Lewis, an experienced GP based in the Surrey area. She qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and spent her postgraduate GP training at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey.

Dr Lewis worked as an NHS GP in a large practice in Woking for ten years before becoming a full-time private GP in 2014. She was also a registered Ophthalmic Optician, having qualified at The City University, London, prior to her medical career.

Dr Lewis retired in 2020 after ensuring that the practice was in the equally capable hands of Dr Skilbeck who becomes the acting medical director (October 2020).

Dr Joanna Skilbeck joined SurreyGP permanently in September 2018 after working with the team for over 7 years as a locum. She’s another exceptional, kind, caring and professional doctor in our Guildford practice. Dr Jo has a special interest in skin problems too: another string to our bow! Dr Jo trained in London before dedicating herself to the GP speciality in Surrey.

Dr Louise Bye (BSc MBBS MRCOphth MRCGP Level 7 Diploma Aesthetics) qualified from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2005 and qualified and worked as an eye doctor/surgeon (MRCOphth) in London including working at the world-famous Moorfield’s Eye Hospital before training to become a GP. Dr Bye worked in both rural and urban GP settings during her training and enjoyed training in a leading practice in primary care research, working in the NHS for 16 years before becoming a private GP.  In addition to her general practice and specialist eye skills, Dr Bye is highly qualified in the area of aesthetics (non-surgical cosmetic treatments and skincare).  Dr Bye highly values a holistic, warm and friendly approach to her consultations and the continuity of care for patients in our private practice.

Louise is the Practice Manager and oversees the day to day running of our busy private medical centre.  Louise ensures that the SurreyGP office is as efficient as it can be; she knows what’s going on at all times and is an invaluable team member, helping our doctors, and helping you. She has over a decade’s service history to you our patients.

Livy joined the team in 2019 and has bloomed into an invaluable core member of the SurreyGP team. Eager to help, polite and professional, we’re so glad she gave up floristry to work with us.

Richard is the Operations Director and oversees the whole practice, from liaising with the CQC to talking to our strategic partners to ensure that we consistently deliver what we promise, efficiently, safely, and on time.


Dr. Jo Skilbeck at Surrey GPDr. Louise Bye
richard-lewislouise-brierleyLivy Rolfe at SurreyGP

We have other occasional doctors who help us with our surgeries – most have young children and understand the importance of a family-friendly practice.

Our premium quality service, namely an efficient private GP clinic in Guildford and surrounding areas, is popular with patients all over Surrey and into the Home Counties.

SurreyGP offers convenient appointments for GP consultations. Any tests you may need are arranged promptly. Blood tests, X-Rays, Ultrasound, CT and MRI scans are arranged via private hospitals and the results are available without delay, which enables us to plan any treatment with you in a timely manner.

The traditional GP service we offer enables you to see the same doctor every time you visit, ensuring the continuity of your care. You are at the heart of our service: your SurreyGP doctor will always have time to listen to your concerns and discuss all of your options with you. Your SurreyGP doctor is someone in whom you can place your trust.