Townside Surgery

Townside Primary Care Centre, 1 Knowsley Street, Bury, BL9 0SN

It's Monday 11:07 AMWe're open


Telephone: 0161 762 1600

Fax: 0161 762 1604

Out of Hours: 0161 763 4242

Practice Team


Dr Clare Cooke studied in St Andrews and Manchester and graduated in 2000.  She worked as a hospital doctor and completed a medical rotation before embarking on GP training.  She qualified as a GP in 2003 and has worked at Townside Surgery since 2006.  Dr Cooke’s special interests are Woman’s Health and contraception.

Dr John Stoddart studied in St Andrews and Manchester and graduated in 2003.  He also worked as a hospital doctor and completed a surgical rotation before embarking on GP training.  He qualified as a GP in 2009 when he joined Townside Surgery.  Dr Stoddart’s special interests are in minor surgery and dementia.

Dr Luciano Picardo studied in Manchester and graduated in 1987.  He worked in Psychiatry for one year and then MRI GP scheme and he qualified as a GP in 1991 and has been a GP for 27 years.   Dr Picardo trained GPs for 15 years and has special interests are in arthritis and muscular skeletal.

Dr Irena Karwowski studied in Medical Academy, Szczecin, Poland and graduated in 1971.  She worked as a hospital doctor and completed surgical and medical training and worked in Gynaecology and Obstetrics as a registrar before embarking on GP training.   Dr Karwowski qualified as  a GP in 1979 and joined Peel Health Centre.  She retired in 2003, but only for a few weeks and since became a sessional locum GP working at Townside Surgery and Spring Lane.  Her special interest is gynaecology and obstetrics.


Dr Clare Cooke


Dr John Stoddart

MBChB, B Sc(Med Sci), MRCGP

Dr Luciano Picardo


Dr Irena Karwowski

Nursing Team

Our nurse carries out a wide variety of tasks and are able to advise on immunisations (childhood and travel), family planning, cytology, asthma and ear syringing. The nurse also see patients for checks relating to asthma, diabetes, heart disease and they can give dietary and lifestyle advice.


Sister Catherine Ashworth


Sister Edwina Taylor

RGN - part time

Leedah Caraang

Health Care Support Workier

Admin Team

Practice Management

The Practice Manager is responsible for the management of all business and operational 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, recruitment, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology.  The Practice Manager also works closely with the GP partners and supports GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and develop extended services to enhance patient care.


Our Receptionists/Administrators  provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important admin tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with patient records, scanning and maintaining good communications with patients.

Vanessa Jordan

Practice Manager

Samantha Brittain

Reception Manager

Lisa Shelton

Medical Secretary/Data Processor

Kathryn Harrison


Julie Chapman


Lesley Burnham


Elisha Morris


Tamera Boswell


Connor Brooks


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Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:00 - 18:30
  • Tuesday
    08:00 - 18:30
  • Wednesday
    08:00 - 18:30
  • Thursday
    08:00 - 18:30
  • Friday
    08:00 - 18:30
  • Saturday
  • Sunday