General practitioners have an important role in looking after patients in their homes and within the communities where they live. They are part of a much wider team whose role includes promoting, preventing and initiating treatment. GPs look after patients with chronic illness, with the aim to keep people in their own homes and ensuring they are as well as they possibly can be. GPs are often the first point of contact for anyone with a physical or mental health problem and patients can be at their most anxious. Looking after the whole person – the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, cultural and economic aspects through patient-centred approaches is a vital part of any GP’s role. This is becoming more important with terminally ill patients often choosing to stay at home.

Dr. Richard Edwards

Senior Partner

Dr. Edwards trained at Nottingham medical school and qualified in 1988 before starting work in a variety of hospital jobs in Yorkshire. He came to Westbury Group practice in 1993 and now spends nearly all his time working in the Bratton surgery which looks after most of the patients of Bratton, Edington and Coulston as well as some people from Steeple Ashton and Erlestoke. After Debbie Beale’s retirement in 2017, he is now the Senior Partner. Dr. Edwards is married with three children.

Dr. Zak Mohiuddin


Qualified in 1997 from Dow Medical College , Karachi, Pakistan. Completed his Bath Vocational GP Training in 2005. He Joined Westbury Group practice as a partner in 2014.
Dr Zak is a Clinical lead in dermatology, asthma, COPD and diabetes. Also have special interests in minor skin surgery and joint injections and in training of junior doctors.
He usually works at the practice on Tuesday to Friday.

Dr. John Moore


Dr. Moore qualified 1997 from University College London. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine. John works regularly in an Orthopaedic Clinic and has experience of working in elite-level sport. Sporting injuries remain an ongoing interest.

Dr. Imran Safeer

Salaried GP

Imran qualified as doctor from University of Punjab Lahore Pakistan in late 2002. He has worked in general medicine, general surgery and psychiatry before starting his postgraduate GP training in Bath. He has also worked in paediatrics at the Royal United Hospital as a GP Registrar during his training. He qualified as a GP in 2011 and started working for Westbury Group practice as salaried GP. His specialist interests include psychiatry and elderly medicine.

Dr. Helen Sangster

Salaried GP

Dr. Sangster undertook her medical training at the University of Leeds, qualifying as a doctor in 2009. She spent the following two years working in hospitals in Leeds before living for a year in Rotorua, New Zealand. Here she worked as a doctor in the departments of paediatrics, obstetrics & gynaecology and emergency medicine. Following her return from New Zealand she completed her GP training in Bath, working at Smallbrook Surgery, Warminster, before moving to Westbury Group Practice in 2018. Dr Sangster is currently on maternity leave.

Dr. Adibah Burch

Salaried GP

Dr. Burch is originally from Malaysia and graduated from University of Wales College of Medicine in 2000. She moved to the West Country in 2015 and was a part-time Associate GP in Bradford-on-Avon & Melksham. Prior to entering general practice she trained in general medicine and anaesthetics and was a repatriation medical officer for several years. She has particular interests in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and functional disorders, of which she is taking further studies in functional/integrative medicine. She enjoys gardening, walking, pilates and experimenting with probiotic foods.

Dr. Overton

Salaried GP

Dr Overton qualified from Barts and the London School of Medicine in 2010 and hold a BSc in Biochemistry from Bath University, where his love for the West Country started. He completed core surgery training in 2015 and general practice training in 2018 both in Manchester respectively. He has a keen interest in diabetes care, practicing as GP Clinical Lead in his previous practice and is skilled in minor surgery. He is fluent in French and outside of work he enjoys open water swimming and endurance challenges, which he hopes to continue to make time for with a young family.

Dr. Vanessa Jessop

Salaried GP

MRCGP (2020), MBChB (Edin) (2010), LLB (Hons) (2004), Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (2008). Dr Jessop qualified at Edinburgh University in 2010. She then trained in Emergency Medicine in East London before moving to Bath to complete her GP training. She is trained to insert contraceptive implants and has a keen interest in minor surgery and medical education. She is currently working towards completion of diplomas in psychosexual medicine and diabetes care.

Dr. Ward

Salaried GP

Dr Ward qualified from Oxford University in 2013 before completing his GP training in Bath and the surrounding areas, including working in Westbury for a year as a registrar. He returned to the surgery in 2020 as a salaried GP. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Physicians. Dr Ward has a special interest in cardiology and is currently studying for a postgraduate diploma in this field. He can perform a range of joint injections.

Locum GPs

A locum doctor is a doctor who temporarily fulfils the duties of another. These professionals are still governed by their respective regulatory bodies, despite the transient or freelance nature of their positions. Below is a list of our regular locums.​

Dr. Michael Gumbley
Dr. Debbie Beale
Dr. Tagveer Badial

GP Registrars

A GP Registrar is a qualified doctor who is training to become a GP through a period of working and training in a practice. They will usually have spent at least two years working in a hospital before you see them in a practice and are closely supervised by a senior GP. At present we have one registrar training with us;

Dr. Dean Hannay