Doctors in Wooler - Cheviot Medical Group - GP services 15th November 2018

Dr Robert Lambourn

MB ChB [Bristol, 1983], FRCGP, DA, DCCH, DRCOG, Family Planning Certificate

I have been a GP in Wooler since 2004, having previously worked in General Practice in Ashington for 14 years.  Prior to that I did a variety of hospital posts, including anaesthetics [being awarded the Diploma in Anaesthetics], child health [Diploma in Community Child Health] and obstetrics and gynaecology [Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Family Planning Certificate] plus a variety of other jobs including casualty, internal medicine and psychiatry and GP training posts in Blyth and Amble [Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners].

I consider myself to be foremost a family doctor and have interests in all aspects of family medicine.  I am particularly interested in health care in rural areas, and am a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners' Rural Forum Steering Group; Chair of the Northern Faculty of the RCGP. GP advisor to the Northeast Ambulance Service.  I am honorary medical officer to Glendale Show and north Northumberland Point-to-Point races.

I also have a great interest in training and education, have been recognised as a GP trainer by the Northern Deanery since 1995, specialising in trainig GP registrars to help produce a high-quality workforce for the future.

Outside medicine my interests include my family - I am married to Dr Elizabeth Batley and we have five children of varying ages; photography; walking and cycling - often with the children; traditional music, specialising in music of Northumberland and the Borders, playing regularly in traditional music sessions around the area and with a local semi-professional ceilidh dance band.

Local GP, Dr Robert Lambourn has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners[FRCGP] . RCGP fellowship is an honour and mark of achievement and is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to medicine in general and general practice in particular.

Dr Lambourn recently attended an award ceremony in London with his wife, Dr Liz Batley, who is also a GP in Wooler, and three of their children: Adam, aged 12; Eloise,6 and Francesca,4, where he was awarded his Fellowship by professor Mike Pringle, President of the Royal College. Dr Lambourn joked with Professor Pringle that he hoped his cooking would improve as he now has something in common with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who is an honorary FRCGP.

Dr Lambourn has been a GP for 26 years, initially in Ashington and for the past 12 years in Wooler. He has a long-time dedication to teaching and training of junior doctors, and is about to take his thirty-eighth practice trainee. Dr Lambourn also chairs the North East England faculty of the RCGP and is a founder member of the RCGP rural Forum Steering group, a branch of the RCGP which is particularly dedicated to helping patients in remote and rural areas such as North Northumberland. Dr Lambourn is also GP advisor to the North East Ambulance Service Clinical Advisory Group, and honorary senior medical officer to North Northumberland point-to- point races. In addition he has written academic and research papers, particularly on patients choosing their own appointment length and various aspects of GP training.

Dr Lambourn commented: I feel this is a terrific honour and achievement, not just for myself, but a recognition of the high quality of care given to patients in Wooler by both medical practices and all the dedicated attached primary care team members.

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