About The Practice

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Why Our Patients Like Us

The Hive is a forward thinking medical practice based in Middleton. Since Dr Stockton and Dr Thompson formed their partnership in 2008 the practice has grown from caring for 1800 patients to circa 5000 patients. Known as a friendly practice with a community feel, a positive reputation has accompanied our growth in size. The Practice has also continued to also grow as a team and now employ salaried GPs, a Practice Nurse, Health Care Assistants and a number of administrative staff members.

Looking ahead the Practice will move into a brand new, state of the art, purpose-built medical centre in the not-too-distant future. This will lead to a further increase in the size of our patient base, as the Practice will also serve patients from Chadderton, Oldham and the surrounding areas.

The Practice is keen to maximise the opportunities of the new building, which could potentially lead to us offering further enhanced services in addition the core and enhanced services we already offer. We also aspire to become a hub of the community, offering a range of activities and services to benefit patients on a holistic level, from cradle to grave.

Mission & Vision

To be the heart of the community; providing excellent healthcare for all.

Healthy and happy community

To provide and promote holistic health care from cradle to grave

To promote health to our patients

Break down barriers to access health services GP lead family healthcare

Friendly service to allow accessible healthcare

Patient Charter

As a team we have set out a series of standards for our provision of healthcare which we feel will enable us to provide our patients and stakeholders with the best possible service by suitably qualified people. In the interest of your health, it is important for you to understand all the information given to you. Please ask questions if you are unsure of anything.

Our Commitment to You

To provide you and your family with the best possible care the practice, we aim to adhere to the following conditions:

  • We aim to provide a personal, friendly and confidential service to our patients.
  • We will treat you with courtesy and respect at all times irrespective of your age, sex, race, religion, sexuality or the nature of your problem.
  • We aim to support patients in leading a healthier lifestyle and provide information so that an informed choice may be made.
  • We will monitor and improve our systems to ensure we operate as efficiently as possible within the resources available to us.
  • We earn the trust placed in us by insisting on quality and striving to get the basics of quality of care – safety, effectiveness and patient experience – right every time. We encourage and welcome feedback from patients, families, carers, staff and the public. We use this to improve the care we provide and build on our successes.
  • In the unfortunate event that you are not happy with our services. Your complaints will be investigated thoroughly and promptly as per NHS complaints procedure. We endeavor to resolve complaints verbally but where a complaint requires investigation we will write to you with the outcome.
  • Your records, both written and computerised, will be kept secure and confidential at all times, in line with data protection guidelines, and NHS confidentiality policy

Your Commitment to Us

To help us provide you and your family with the best possible care, we ask that you adhere to the following conditions:

  • Be prepared to advise the Receptionist what your problem is – the Doctors insist upon this, so that they can prepare for the consultation and ensure that the time available is used most effectively to provide the best care for you.
  • Report to receptionist on arrival , Keep appointments made with us or You will notify us as soon as possible if they are unable to keep an appointment as this allows other patients to be seen and keeps waiting times down.
  • Bear with us if there is a delay – this may be due to another patient needing additional time or an emergency. We will try and keep you informed of anticipated delays.
  • Please provide accurate information about your health, condition and status. Keep us informed of any name. Address and telephone number changes.
  • Use other avenues of help – pharmacy, NHS Direct etc where appropriate.
  • You will respect that we are working very hard to provide the best service we can for all our patients, and any violent, aggressive or abusive behavior may lead to being removed from the practice list, and/or police involvement

Practice Staff

We are delighted to introduce our friendly and caring staff


Dr Glyn Stockton - MBChB MRCGP

After studying to become an Orthopaedic surgeon I had a change of career and decided that General Practice was for me! I worked in various GP practices in the Manchester area and was then, along with Dr Thompson, given the opportunity to take over an existing practice in Middleton, which we then re-located to the Boarshaw area. As a partner I am tasked with ensuring that the practice is providing a high standard of care to the population we serve both clinically and professionally. I have a keen interest in Minor Surgery and Orthopaedics and am able to perform various procedures to ensure our patients can be given the choice of being seen at the surgery rather than at the hospital for their procedures.

Dr Louise Thompson - MBChB MRCGP DRCOG

I qualified as a GP in 2002 and worked in various GP practices before getting the opportunity to take over the practice with Dr Stockton, which we then relocated to the Boarshaw area in December 2008. As a partner I am responsible for ensuring that the practice achieves high standards in clinical care and maintains a high level of professional service at all times.

I love being a G.P. as I find all areas of medicine interesting but have a particular interest in obesity and weight management.


I’m a Stockport girl who had the pleasure of going to medical school in Newcastle upon Tyne. I qualified in 2010 and I started work as a medical journalist in 2007. I have been Deputy Editor for the Royal College Of General Practitioners Journal ‘innovAit’ for GP trainees which helps me keep up to date.

I enjoy being a generalist and seeing patients as a whole person instead of a list of conditions and so remain interested in everything and anything. However, as well as Dr Thompson, I enjoy helping with issues relating to women’s health and am the children’s lead for the clinical commissioning group.

If you ever see someone messing around in the surgery garden, it is not a live gnome but me indulging in one of my many hobbies.

Dr Carmine Grasso

My main areas of interest include medical education, teaching and general medicine. Outside of work, I like spending my spare time in the outdoors, in particular hiking and cycling. I have a lifelong interest (bordering on obsession) in ornithology and have a real passion for wildlife. I like to experience other cultures and have been fortunate enough to have done quite a lot of travelling

Nursing Staff

Nurse Colette Cheshire-Beeson - Practice Nurse

I qualified as a nurse in 1987 and subsequently started my career and then went on to gain experience in 5 different Accident & Emergency Departments around the country, spanning over 17 years.

In 2004 I wanted a career change. I wanted a job where every day was different, had a variety of illnesses/problems, seeing people from all walks of life and from the young to the old. Practice Nursing gave me this experience.

I enjoy the variety of the post and have an interest in diabetes and heart disease and hold a certificate and diploma in both fields. However I am as equally keen on providing education and advice in the prevention and management of chronic diseases and in other health subjects.

In my spare time I enjoy family life with my husband who has been a Paramedic for 31 years and my 2 sons.

Healthcare Staff

Gemma Roberts - Healthcare Assistant (f)

I joined the practice in 2009 and have worked within healthcare for around 4 years before, initially in health records at Fairfield Hospital and then as a Trainee Health Care Assistant on the Maternity ward at North Manchester General Hospital. I have completed training to become a Health Care Assistant and offer appointments for blood tests and blood pressure checks along with our Practice Nurse. I am also a member of our support team  and the Carer’s Advocate for the practice where I am responsible for increased awareness of carer’s and the support that they require. I feel that our patients deserve a friendly and approachable support team and we make every effort to ensure our patients are helped in any way possible and the smooth running of the practice is upheld. Outside of work I am kept busy trying to keep up with my four children. In my spare time I enjoy socializing with friends, relaxing with family and exercising, when I get the chance!

Leanne Read - Health Care Assistant

I am currently working at the practice as both a support team member and a health care assistant. I enjoy both aspect of my role. I have a special interest in minor surgery, I am the administrative lead for the minor surgery procedures. I coordinate appointments, i have also completed procedure assistance training which allows me to assist the patient and doctor during the procedure.

Emilie Tomkins - Health Care Assistant

I am currently in a dual role at the practice as both Health Care Assistant and Support Team member. Within my role as Health Care Assistance I am able to carryout a blood test, blood pressure and much more. I enjoy the interaction with the patient during my clinics

Support Staff

Victoria Buckland-Fellows - Practice Manager

I have been working at the practice since it opened in December 2008 following 15 months of previous GP reception positions and before that a background in jewellery retail and making for which I hold a diploma in. Over the course of my employment at the practice I have had the opportunity to progress from receptionist, then to Reception Supervisor and now to the Practice Manager. Along with the years of experience gained, I have also completed a number of qualifications including ILM Level 5 Management. My role is varied and no day is ever the same but this is what I love about the job.

I enjoy horse riding and sailing although have little time for both with a young family to look after!

Pete Thompson - Finance Manager

I worked in the Accounts department at Macclesfield Borough Council for eight years, during which I completed my AAT accounting qualification at the local college. I also ran the Lease Car scheme for the council, catering for over 100 members of staff and their vehicles. I then took a hiatus from Finance to pursue a teaching career; this was rewarding if extremely challenging and when the opportunity came about to work at the Practice and return to working in finance I was delighted to take up the role, especially I as get to combine my Accounts work with working with the general public in a customer facing role.

Away from work I love all sports – both watching and participating – but particularly football, rugby and boxing. I also love the theatre – again both watching and participating – and have acted in 17 plays and recently directed my first. Finally, I enjoy keeping fit (trying to get fit may be more accurate!) at the gym when I get the chance.

Jackie Tomkins - Support Team Supervisor

I have been with the surgery now since 2016. I have now progressed and am now the Support Team Supervisor of which I am very proud. I have never worked in a GP surgery before and found it quite challenging at first, but I now really enjoy my job. I come from a previous NHS role at the Child Health Department in Oldham, and before that Learning Disabilities in Rochdale. In my spare time I like looking after my animals which include dogs, cats, rabbits, hamster and goldfish.

Louise Aylmer

I have worked at Dr Stockton and Thompsons surgery since 2015; we have built a great team and value our relationships both professionally and personally. Like any public service we are challenged on a daily basis but always try our best to be friendly and helpful.

I previously worked within the education sector for many years and whilst working at Dr Stockton and Thompson’s as Supervisor I qualified as a Person Centered Counsellor.

I am part of a running group and enjoy family time, holidays and socialising.

Leanne Read

I have worked at this GP practice since January 2016 and my duties are currently supporting the office team and assisting with the Minor Surgery clinics Dr Stockton runs at the Practice.I have been working in a clinical setting for many years and enjoy the team camaraderie and the relationships with both staff and patients.Out of work, I enjoy getting out with my children and my dog, Fleur. I also like to keep fit and to socialise.

Emilie Tomkins

I have been working at the practise since joining as an apprentice 2016. I completed my apprenticeship in 2018, at the same time as finishing my Business Administration qualification. My role is as a Support Team member and super fast typist! I will also soon be qualifying as a phlebotomist so can take patients bloods and blood pressure, and also assist Dr Stockton with his Minor Surgery clinics I have previous experience in health and social care and animal managment. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dogs and family.

Debra Jones

I joined the practice in July 2017 as a member of the Admin/ Support Team staff after working for a large public sector organisation for over 35 years. I have prior experience working with the public – be it via telephone or face to face – dealing with a range of different enquiries and situations, which have helped me settle into my new role within the practice. When not in work I keep active by swimming, attending gym class and walking. With regards to the latter, I was very proud to complete the 3 peaks challenge in Yorkshire in September 2017.

Siobhan McArthur

My name is Siobhan, and I joined the team in 2017. After taking time out to raise three children, I made the leap and returned to work, joining this fantastic family run GP’s practice.

I now call Manchester my home after being here since attending Manchester Metropolitan University in 2001. However you can recognise my voice when calling the surgery with me being the only ‘Brummie’ in the building.

My free time is spent making weddings as a freelance florist, but mostly you can find me running around after the kids!

How We Thrive to be Outstanding

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The practice would like to be the Hub of the Middleton community and the surrounding areas. We have been actively involved in a number of community initiatives, including helping out at a local community centre, the Lighthouse Project, including by helping to decorate their new building; by raising awareness of and helping the homeless through a number of outreach projects; and by raising money for various charities through participation in a number of charity races and events.

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"Welcome to our Practice, we are proud of our fantastic team. We welcome new patients to join our practice; come and experience healthcare as it should be"

Dr L Thompson

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