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Our Practice Story

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SurreyGP was founded in 2008 by Dr Rachel Lewis, who qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. She was also a registered Ophthalmic Optician, having qualified at The City University, London, prior to her medical career. Dr Lewis retired in 2020,ensuring that the practice continued under the leadership of Dr Joanna Skilbeck, the Medical Director.

Dr Skilbeck joined SurreyGP permanently in September 2018 after working with the team since 2011. 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 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.  Dr Bye highly values a holistic, warm and friendly approach to her consultations and the continuity of care for patients in our private practice.

Dr Rachael Hardy qualified at the University of Bristol with her MBChB and BSc. Following jobs at Frimley Park and Kingston hospitals she completed her GP training in Guildford gaining her MRCGP. She favours a holistic approach to medicine, and values taking the time to understand and get to know patients in order to best address their problems. Dr Rachael Hardy also holds the DRCOG and DFSRH qualifications in gynaecology and family planning and as a mother to two children understands some of the unique challenges women’s health and parenthood can represent. She splits her time between SurreyGP and the NHS, bringing the benefits of her up to date NHS experience to our practice.

Dr Fiona Cochrane trained at the University of Edinburgh and qualified as a doctor in 2003. She completed her GP training in Edinburgh in 2007. Dr Cochrane has worked in a number of practices and clinical settings before settling in the Guildford area. She has been working in a local NHS GP practice for over 10 years before joining SurreyGP. Dr Cochrane is involved with GP education and enjoys keeping her knowledge and skills updated. She has a special interest in Women’s Health and Family Planning and enjoys meeting and seeing patients with a wide variety of medical problems. Dr Cochrane is a kind and caring doctor who offers a holistic approach in her consultations.

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 and a half’s service history to you our patients.

Livy joined the team in 2019 and is responsible for running the front end of the practice whilst ably assisting Louise. She is an invaluable core member of the SurreyGP team. Eager to help, polite, competent and professional, we’re so glad she gave up floristry way back when to work with us.

Richard is the Operations and Compliance 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 ByeDr. Rachael HardyDr. Fiona Cochrane
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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.