The Marlow Medical Group – The Doctors House

The Doctors House
Victoria Rd, Marlow

T: 01628 484666


Dr Penny Macdonald

Programme Director:
Dr Mark Reed

Practice Information

We are committed to providing our trainees with a supportive, friendly and professional learning environment as part of our diverse team. As a large practice of circa 27,500 patients we are able to offer a broad experience to our learners and have GPs specialising in complex elderly care, women’s health/menopause, family planning, obesity, diabetes, long term condition management, end of life care, cancer, minor surgery and paediatrics. We have GPs working in senior leadership roles in our Primary Care Network, LMC, GP Federation and Medicines Management work.

We consult from a purpose-built surgery in the centre of Marlow where our learners are based. We have branch surgeries in Lane End and Hambleden offering the trainee an opportunity to experience a variety of primary care settings during their time with us.

We are fully computerised, using EMIS as our clinical system and Docman for document management. We also have a web based shared resource (Clarity Teamnet) with helpful training support documents and records of our educational meetings and presentations as well as access to wider system resources and updates.

As a practice we work closely with everyone in our primary healthcare team. The health visitors and district nurses are next door in the community hospital, which also has x-ray and physiotherapy, occasional consultant surgeries, and the CATS service twice weekly.
We have a superb nursing and HCA team offering all the usual services as well as diabetic, asthma, COPD and travel clinics.
We have weekly educational meetings (including significant events and audit) and monthly practice meetings, all of which our Trainees attend. There is also the opportunity for lots of informal teaching with so many colleagues around. We have a daily huddle with all teams represented to catch up informally and share any important updates and news.

We run a same day emergency clinic RAC (Rapid Access Clinic) staffed by a GP, Minor illness Nurses (most of whom are prescribers), ANPs and our community paramedic which is a great resource for experience in acute presentations. We have a fully equipped emergency room to complement this.

We have a well-established and invaluable in-house pharmacy team led by our experienced senior pharmacist who advise on medication queries, conduct medication reviews, manage requests, see patients with long term conditions, manage medicines safety audit and process medicines correspondence.

We are the location for one of the two PCN hubs for our large network of practices (circa 84,500 patients across 6 practices). The Arc PCN staff include care co-ordinators, social prescribers, first contact MSK practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician Associate, Community Paramedic and a Health and Wellbeing coach. We have an innovative model and are working towards a fully integrated holistic community model of care for our residents that we will be pleased to involve you in.

Trainees are fully supported in every surgery. There is an initial induction to meet all members of staff and sit in with colleagues in surgeries. A half day per week is fully protected for in-house teaching for each trainee and the curriculum is very much tailored to the needs of the individual.

The whole practice enjoys and contributes to training and we have a great team of trainers in house with lots of expertise and enthusiasm to support you with your training: Drs Johnson and Macdonald are attached to the Wycombe VTS scheme and Drs Kuetter and Biswas to the Windsor VTS scheme offering trainees the opportunity to work alongside trainees from another scheme. Trainees work across all our sites but will do most of their work at the site where their trainer is based. Dr Hendry supervises our FY2 trainees who are on 4 month rotations in the practice.

We are proud of the clinical care we offer our patients and value the opportunity to teach this to others.