Welcome to the Ashley Centre Surgery website.

We believe in the very highest levels of personalised medical care and strive to achieve this within the NHS.


Ashley Centre Surgery Primary Health Care Team

Dr James Houghton MB BS  Charing Cross Hospital(1978), MRCGP(1984), DRCOG(1982). DOccMed(1992)

Dr Andrew Sharpe MB BS St Georges Hospital, London(1988), DRCOG(1992), MRCGP(1995)

Dr Ivan Ratnayake BSc(1990), MB BS Charing Cross Hospital (1993), FRCS (1999), DRCOG (2001), MRCGP (2003)

Dr Shamini Sithamparanathan (known as Dr Nathan) MB BS St Georges Hospital, London (1998), DRCOG (2001), MRCGP (2002)

Practice manager  Ruth Harmsworth (AMSPAR practice management diploma)

The Practice Nurses  - we have a team of three practice nurses who are available for advice or special procedures. Their services include: dressings, travel advice and immunisations, ear syringing. They are involved in many clinics detailed later in this website.

The District Nurses - visit the housebound for nursing procedures. They also help to assess, with social services, the need for home care and where necessary admission to a rest or nursing home.

The Health Visitors  - give advice on health care, especially for expectant mothers and the under fives.

Training of Doctors

This practice has been accredited as being suitable for the training of those doctors intending to become general practitioners.

This means that the practice and doctors have had to achieve a number of standards which have been assessed by the Deanery for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

These are some points for your information:

  • Those doctors training to become GPs are called GP Registrars. They are employed by the practice.
  • The GP Registrar is a fully qualified doctor who is likely to have a lot of experience of hospital medicine.
  • Sometimes other doctors are also trained and supported in the practice.
  • If you are seeing a Registrar, you can expect to receive the quality of service you would get from your own GP. If you have any concerns, please mention this to a member of staff.
  • In order for the Registrars to successfully complete their training, they need to be assessed on their consulting skills. This is done by the appointed assessors viewing a video of the registrars consultations. You may be asked for your permission to have your consultation recorded in this way. If you agree, you will need to give your written permission by signing a consent form available at reception desk, which will be offered to you. If the doctor appears to be recording your consultation and you have not signed a consent form, you should indicate this to him or her immediately. The recording will be used for educational purposes only. Further information about this process and the confidentiality of it, can be obtained from the reception staff.
  • In addition to training Registrars, the surgery also occasionally provides training to medical students, usually in their final year of training. These students may be present at your consultation, but only with your permission. If you do not wish the student to be present, please advise the GP.