Dr Paul Westcar

Dr Paul WestcarMA.MB. BChir. DRCOG. MRCGP Qualified 1984 Cambridge University & Westminster Hospital

Dr Westcar was educated at Hampton Grammar School followed by medical training at Fitzwilliam College , Cambridge and Westminster Medical School, University of London. In his final year at Cambridge he studied History of Medicine in addition to Medical Sciences.

He was accepted into the West Suffolk GP Vocational Training Scheme in 1986 and became qualified as a GP in 1989. He then spent a year working in New Zealand in A/E, Ophthalmology (Eyes) and Psychiatry before spending a year travelling and working as a Locum GP mainly in remote areas of New Zealand and Australia. On returning to the UK he joined the Bucklebury Practice as a Partner in 1992.
Dr Westcar’s medical interests include Diabetes and Ophthalmology. He has been Lead GP for Diabetes in the Newbury Clinical Commissioning Group since 2011 and is a member of the Berkshire West CCG Diabetes Stakeholder Group ( and the Thames Valley Strategic Diabetes Network Care which have been working to improve Diabetes Care over recent years. In April 2017 he took over clinical leadership of the four Berkshire West Federated CCGs. Since 2003 he has been a Local Medical Committee Member of Newbury which represents GP interests.

His interests include world travel, football, cricket, horse-riding, music (classical and rock), gardening and British history. His last sabbatical was spent doing volunteer work with elephants in Thailand. He is married to Sarah, a teacher, and has two children Emily and Jamie.

Dr Jimmy Lennox

Dr Jimmy LennoxMB.BS. DRCOG. MRCGP. DCCH. Qualified 1991 London Hospital

Jimmy trained in London and Edinburgh, and has been a full time GP in Bucklebury since 1998. He has been involved with commissioning over the last few years and together with Dr Barbara Barrie was joint chairperson in the early stages of development when the CCG became a pathfinder.

Jimmy is the CCG lead for Planned Care with responsibility locally for community nursing and West Berkshire Community Hospital. He has a particular interest in promoting and developing through commissioning ‘shared decision making’.

Dr Clare Barnett

Dr Clare BarnettMBBS 1998, BSc, MRCPCH 2001, MRCGP 2005, DFSRH 2012

Dr Barnett graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1998, during her studies she undertook an elective in Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa which involved working in a small rural hospital deep in the South African bush.  During this time she gained experience in all aspects of general medicine, surgery and paediatrics in an isolated location.

Whilst at medical school she also gained an intercollegiate BSc in molecular science. Dr Barnett trained initially in paediatrics at Kings College London and gained membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2001.  She then decided to pursue a career in General Practice and undertook her training in Worthing, West Sussex, completing this in 2006. Clare joined the Practice in June 2015.

She continues to have a special interest in Paediatrics and also has an interest in women’s health. She is also a GP appraiser for the Thames Valley region. She lives locally with her husband and 2 sons, her outside interests include bike riding and travelling.

Salaried GPs

Dr Claire Hardwick

Dr Claire HardwickMB ChB BSc Physiology, DCH, DRCOG, DFSRH

Qualified as a doctor in 1989. Completed General Practice Training in 1996. Has been working at Chapel Row Surgery for over 10 years.

Has experience with Women’s Health and is one of the GPs in the practice who fits Coils/IUDs and Contraceptive Implants.

Outside the surgery she has an interest in outdoor pursuits including Canoeing, Kayaking, “Munro Bagging”, mountain biking and skiing.

Dr Jo Almond


Dr Jo Almond qualified in 1992 from The London Hospital Medical College. After several hospital jobs including ENT, general medicine, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynaecology and one year in psychiatry she qualified as a GP in 1998.

Dr Almond worked as a freelance GP and Salaried GP in South Wales at the same time as enjoying choir singing in the Land of the Song and sailing in Cardiff Bay.

She then worked as a GP in Bracknell for eight years and during this time gained Certificate in Diabetes in 2014 and MRCGP in 2016.

She has worked in Chapel Row Surgery since August 2015.

Dr Taylor Wylie


Dr Wylie is originally from Dundee, Scotland and graduated from the University of Dundee School of Medicine in 2011. She completed her foundation training at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon gaining experience in general medicine, general surgery and paediatrics. Dr Wylie was accepted on to the Reading and Newbury GP vocational training scheme completing her general practice training in 2016. Dr Wylie joined the Bucklebury Practice as a salaried GP in September 2016.