Practice Team


Dr Sarah Andersen

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Dr Andersen trained at UCL, alongside Dr Simmons, qualifying in 1997. While at UCL she also enjoyed completing a degree in the history of medicine which included life drawing at the Slade art school. She then worked in psychiatry in tropical Queensland before training as a GP in Sussex. Paediatrics, elderly care medicine and mental health are her areas of special interest. She has always been interested in the holistic aspects of healthcare, and would like to focus on health more than disease, and ability more than disability. In 2017 she finished a Masters degree in Global Health at Sussex University and had the chance to do some research into the potential health benefits of singing. She has been known to prescribe singing as we do have a choir at the practice. She lives in Brighton and enjoys walking on the downs with her partner, two children and cockapoo, Herbie.

Dr Andrew Sikorski

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Dr Sikorski qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School London 1988. Dr Sikorski has continued studying holistic medicine and applying effective healing therapies in his usual NHS practice since attending his first course in Medical Acupuncture in 1992. He is Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy, a qualified clinical hypnotherapist and has recently been elected deputy chair of the BMA South East Coastal Regional Council (2019 - 2022) and chair of the British Holistic Medical Association (2019).

Dr Mohan Ragupathy

Dr Lis Galloway
Clinical Lead

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Dr Lis Galloway qualified from St George's Hospital Medical School in London in 2000. She pursued her ambition of being a GP through further training at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. As a GP Partner she was proud to take on an executive role, transforming the delivery of safe remote health care.

Lis has special interests in adolescent health and clinical leadership and has recently undertaken a postgraduate certificate in multiprofessional education. She is delighted to be leading the remote clinician team across several different practices as well as providing clinical services at Hertmonceaux.

Originally from Yorkshire, Lis loves the outdoors, especially enjoying walking and kayaking. Her three children, labrador, two gerbils and a bearded dragon also keep her busy.

Dr Claudine Anstead
MRCGP, DRCOG, MBBS, BSc, BSc Psychology

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I have been a salaried doctor for the past 20 years in Surrey and have a wealth of experience. I have done a lot of working remotely, and was clinical lead for our local Extended Access service, leading the change to remote working for them during Covid pandemic.
My areas of interest are womens health, gynaecology, family planning, and paediatrics.

I live in surrey with my husband, 2 children, 3 cats and a sausage dog. I love walking, painting and my garden. I grow cutting flowers and enjoy flower arranging with these.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Debbie Hart
Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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I have been nursing in some form since 1986, starting as a Nursing Auxiliary at Princess Alice Hospital in Eastbourne.
Completed my training in Oct 2000, Dip HE, RGN, working at EDGH in general surgery & trauma orthopaedics. To gain more experience went out into the community as a staff nurse initially.
Gained by District Nursing degree after a year in this area and gained my BSc (Hons).
Applied to work as a Community Matron in Brighton where I worked for 18months; then took up the same job nearer to home, gaining a PG Dip in Advanced Nurse Practice, this pathway included physical assessment skills and prescribing. I have now been at Herstmonceux Integrative health centre for around 3 years.
Debbie likes to walk her dog Mr Binx, looking after her granddaughter. Cooking for her family, gardening, reading, easily hooked on box sets on the TV, theatre and concerts are a must.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Nigel Brown
Advanced Clinical Practitioner / ACP Lead

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I am a Paramedic by background, joining Sussex Ambulance Service in 2002 which later became South East Coast Ambulance Service. I attended Portsmouth University for my Paramedic Science FdSc whilst working in Brighton and then in 2010, my BSc at St. George's University, London, moving to work as a Paramedic Practitioner in Hailsham and Eastbourne areas. In 2014 I moved into education and training of student Paramedics, completing two MSc (level 7) modules as part of my PGCE at University of Brighton, before coming away from the ambulance service and joining primary care, in a GP practice in early 2018.

In 2022 I completed my Non-medical Prescribers course (Level 7) with Nottingham University.

I am passionate about resilience and wellbeing, both for myself and my colleagues, as well as patients. I firmly believe that taking care of yourself is productive time and for me, fitness and getting outdoors helps with my wellbeing (and the fact I love food!). In my leisure time I like to keep healthy through walking, running, cycling and paddleboarding. I enjoy a workout and using the gym.

I also enjoy meals out (did I mention I like food?), gardening, watching rugby, spending time with my family and supporting my 2 daughters with their school and careers, dancing lessons and competitions.

Nursing Team

Lizzie Ripley
Lead Nurse

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Lizzie qualified as a general adult Nurse in September 2005, starting her career as a District Nurse. Lizzie went on to become the Lead Nurse at the largest practice in Lewes managing a team of 12 Nurses. During her time in Primary care she has completed her Masters modules in wound care, diabetic management, physical health assessment, pharmacology and nurse prescribing. When Lizzie is not working she can be found with her family, dog walking, watching karate and rugby or roller booting!!!

Lola Strom

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Specialising in Asthma, COPD & Smoking cessation clinic. Lola qualified in 1982 from Harefield and Mount Vernon Hospitals School of Nursing and started working in General Practice in December 2002. Lola is proud to have been the only staff member to attend Wembley on the 30th July 1966

Sally Smith
Health Care Assistant

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Prior to joining the NHS in 1998 I was a serving police officer. I have been qualified as an HCA Level 3 since 2003. I have 3 children and 1 grandson. My spare time is spent gardening with my 10 stone german shepherd -Ernie and I have a weakness for colourful Dr Marten boots.

Gemma Taylor
Health Care Assistant

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I have 2 children. In my spare time I like to go for a walk with my dogs. I also enjoy going fishing in the warmer weather with my partner – not for the fishing though, I just like to relax with a book and enjoy the surroundings and the break away from everyday life.

Michelle Watson
General Practice Assistant

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I have been working at the health centre since 2017 in various roles within Admin and Management. I moved across to the clinical team in 2023 and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

Melissa Berryman-Miller
General Practice Assistant

Pharmacy Team

Casey Benton
Pharmacy Technician

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I have 8 years Pharmacy experience working across Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy and Primary Care. Outside of work I enjoy going to festivals, concerts, nice restaurants and spending time with my fiancé, family and friends.

First Contact Physiotherapist

Matthew Buckland

Social Prescriber

Maria Graves
Social Prescriber

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Having worked in Local Authority housing departments doing various roles for the past 15 years, I have been lucky enough to join the team in 2020. I have grandchildren who keep me very busy and entertained. I enjoy socialising, reading, gardening and theatre. I find yoga and walking my dog, Dylan, helps me to relax and unwind.

Mental Health Support Team

Mental Health Support Coordinator

Fay Fortunato
Mental Health Practitioner

Care Coordinator

Gwen Hurst
Care Coordinator

Management Team

Melanie Ingham
Primary Care Operations Manager

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Melanie moved to East Sussex in 2010, with her partner and two children, and joined us in 2013. She enjoys being by the sea, many genres of music and going to the theatre.

Beverley Gowing
Primary Care Service Manager

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I moved to East Sussex in 2008, to be closer to family.

I have a Nursing background and Qualified as an Assistant Practitioner about twenty years ago. I have worked in Emergency Departments for approx. 23 years, until I started with IC24 13.5 years ago. I have been a manager with IC24 for just over two years after stepping from nursing to manager.

My spare time is spent with my family and numerous pets that I have adopted over the last few years

Joanna Head
Primary Care Team Manager

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I love my job, I love to help people when I can. My favourite thing to do outside of work is spend time with my gorgeous niece and nephews, making indoor camps, doing yoga with them and running around chasing bubbles in the garden. Doughnuts, Matt Damon and custard creams are my weakness and I enjoy a good old duvet day watching back to back episodes of Friends. I can’t run to save my life. I love to attempt playing tennis, only in the summer time, and even though I’m awful at it. I’m a terrible driver and I don’t see the point in the reverse gear on my car...backwards is not an option forwards is hard enough! My family are the best people on the planet and I love them dearly.

Admin Team

Rebecca Simmons

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When not working at HIHC I can be found swimming in the sea, pretending to garden, or going on adventures in our campervan.

Dom Harding
Digital Media Support Officer

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I joined the surgery in 2020 as the Digital Media Support Officer. I enjoy playing video games and fishing!

Nicki Verrall
Medical Secretary

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I joined HIHC in August 2021 as Medical Secretary and am thrilled to be a part of the admin team. An Essex girl born and bred I have spent most of my life in the local area. I have two grown up boys and live with my husband and two dogs; a lovable cockapoo called Teddy and a very fluffy chow chow called Sheng. I love motorcycles, hovercraft, boots (especially Dr.Martens), playing badminton, listening to live music, going to the theatre and eating out.

Flossie Hayllar
Reception Administrator

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I joined the surgery admin team in November 2022. I have had a very varied career so far! I trained originally as a nurse then went on to work for a private healthcare company. I then had a complete career change and set up and managed a breakfast and afterschool club. When that closed I worked in various admin roles and self-employment until landing at HIHC and I love it! It uses so many of my skills and no two days are the same. I have been married for 34 years and have 2 grown up children and 3 grandchildren. I love spending time on the beach, seeing the family and can be regularly found in the gym weight training. My hubby and I enjoy watching Masterchef and Bake off together as well as crime drama and action movies.

Lindsay Ellis
Reception Administrator

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Lindsay is Sussex born and bred - a proud 'Battle' girl - and moved to Hailsham in 1991. She lives with her husband John and is mum to grown up daughter and son, Yazmyn and Samuel. Lindsay enjoys going to concerts and the theatre, going through the ups and downs of supporting Arsenal, walking her dog around the local area and along the beach and enjoys relaxing in her garden with a glass of wine, when the weather allows!

Megan Brown
Reception Administrator

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I am a qualified childcare practitioner but after having my daughter I wanted a change and have been with Herstmonceux surgery for a year now; I love the variety of the role and meeting new members of the community. I spend my free time making memories with my family - we love going on outdoor adventures and spending time at the beach. I believe we could all make a difference if we show kindness and if you see someone without a smile you should give them yours!

Malika Ratcliff
Remote Administrator

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I have been working in administration for 20 years across many sectors including Law , Corporate and Finance, to very successful levels, I have moved from being a paralegal to the NHS which I enjoy very very much. This role allows me to put the patient first and I strongly believe in acknowledging people and assisting in making people feel heard.

Being part of Herstmonceux Surgery is an absolute joy, it feels like a family and everyone really does care.

Linda Berreen
Reception Administrator

Vickey Tchaptchet
Reception Administrator

Linda Latimer
Reception Administrator

GP net earnings

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and that the required disclosure is shown below. It should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form wording any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre in the last financial year was £47,848 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 2 Part-time GPs and 3 salaried GP’s working at the practice.