Our Staff

GP Partners

Dr Hari Pathmanathan

Senior Partner: MBChB, MRCGP, DFFP, Manchester 1994, GMC No: 4088802

Dr Sabrina Sookun

Partner: MD, MRCGP (2007), DFSRH, PGCMedEd, Prague 2002, GMC No: 6058078

Dr Kunal Chandarana

Partner: BSc, MBBS, MRCGP, PGCMedEd, London 2009, GMC No: 7040338

Dr Harjeev Rai

Managing Partner: MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFFP, PGDip Cardiology, MStMedEd (cantab), Wales 1997, GMC No: 4435648

Dr Elizabeth Aggarwal

Partner: BSc(Hons), MBChB(Hons), MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP, DCH, Manchester 1995, GMC: 4211651

Dr Saiyeesh Maheswaran

Partner: BSc, MBBS, DRCOG, MRCGP (2014), UCL 2009, GMC No: 7044597

Dr Mya Khan

Partner: BSc, MBBS, MRCGP, UCL 2010. GMC No: 7090247

Associate GPs

Dr Engi Refaat

Associate: MB Bch, PLAB2, IELTS, MRCGP, Egypt 1988, GMC No: 6080029

GP Registrars

We are a training practice and we have fully qualified doctors completing their training in general practice.

Dr Kumaran Thanabalasingam

Dr Koshy Eapen

Dr Georgina Grigg


Our Practice Nurses offer a range of services and special clinics. They can help you with minor injuries, dressings, injections, removal of stitches, cervical smears, ear syringing, contraceptive and pill checks, ECG recording, dermatology and some medication reviews. The Nurses can also advise on travel immunisations, diets, smoking cessation and alcohol control. They carry out health screening checks, blood pressure checks, 24hr BP monitoring, and teach inhaler technique to asthmatics. The Nurses also carry out family planning checks, cervical smears and HRT follow-ups.

Jane Hammill

Jane specialises in Coronary Heart Disease, Women's Health, Asthma, Travel, Minor Illness and all general nursing disciplines. Jane is a Nurse Prescriber and can issue prescriptions when she sees patients.

Ruth Reilly

Ruth specialises in Diabetes, Asthma and COPD. In addition she can offer appointments for Hypertension, Women's Health, Contraception, dressings and travel advice and vaccinations. Ruth is a Nurse Prescriber and she can issue prescriptions to the patients she sees.

Laura Wells

Laura specialises in family planning, women’s & sexual health. She can offer appointments for contraceptives including, implants & coils. She can also offer routine nurse services. Laura is qualified in Asthma & COPD care, she can prescribe in her areas of competence and runs the cryotherapy clinics.

Natalie Yau

Natalie is a Practice Nurse and can offer appointments for hypertension reviews, BP readings, travel health, cervical screening, childhood immunisations and other general duties, such as wound care, ECGs and injections. Natalie is also qualified in Asthma care.

Helen Harbon

Helen is new to Practice Nursing but can offer appointments for general duties, such as wound care, ECGs and injections.


Jay Vekaria

Clinical Pharmacist

Jay is a qualified pharmacist who is trained to assess & treat acute minor illness & manage long term conditions. He works as part of our clinical team, alongside the doctors & nurses to provide routine services.

Social Prescriber

Tracey Stiles

Tracey is a Social Prescriber offering one to one telephone consultations with patients to help with wellbeing, housing, benefits, activities and links to carer support, social services and specialist teams.


Daniele Truffa

Mr Daniele Truffa is providing physiotheraphy advice, exercises and is able to refer for further investigation for musculoskeletal pain

Practice Management

Debbie Crossley

Practice Manager

The practice manager is involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology. The practice manager supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and also helps to develop extended services to enhance patient care.

Donna Watkiss

Administrative Deputy Practice Manager

Donna is responsible for assisting the Practice Manager in administrative areas of General Practice at Bridge Cottage Surgery.

Laura Wells

Clinical Deputy Practice Manager

Laura is responsible for assisting the Practice Manager in clinical areas of General Practice at Bridge Cottage Surgery.

Sue Matthews

Reception Manager

Sue is responsible for overseeing our reception team and is also the lead prescribing clerk.


Our receptionists are identified by name badges and are trained to identify themselves when dealing with patients by telephone. They will deal with all requests for appointments, visits, repeat prescriptions, registering of patients, etc. You may be asked for medical details in order that the receptionist can pass them on to the doctor or nurse, who decides the urgency of the case or the advice to be given. Medical secretarial staff are available to answer queries regarding hospital and other clinical referrals.

Community Midwives

The Community Midwives work with the Doctors to provide care for mothers during pregnancy and for two weeks after delivery. Antenatal clinics are held at Welwyn on Friday mornings and at Kimpton on Thursday mornings. In addition to the clinics at the surgery there are two drop-in antenatal clinics (no appointment necessary) at the following locations: Applecroft Childrens Centre 9am - 11am Applecroft School Welwyn Garden City AL8 6UX AND Oaktree Centre 9.15am - 11.15am Holwell Road Welwyn Garden City AL7 3RP

Community Nurses

Community Nurses are available to nurse the housebound and those patients recently discharged from hospital. If you are already on their case load you can contact them direct on 07789 932856. All new referrals must be made through your GP.


Your doctor may refer you to the counselling service. Alternatively you can self-refer by calling 0300 777 0707. More information can be found on the As One Hertfordshire Partnership website.

Health Visitors

The Health Visitors visit all families with children under five years old. They provide information, advice and support particularly at times of physical and emotional stress. Direct telephone number: 01438 715104.

Nurse Specialist - Cancer Care

The Cancer Care Nurse Specialist visits cancer patients in their homes and gives advice and support to them and their families. Direct telephone number: 01707 328800.