Our Goal

Our goal is to deliver high quality Primary Health Care to you.

We aim to treat you promptly, courteously and in complete confidence.

To achieve this we have a loyal and dedicated team of Doctors, Nurses, Administrative and Attached Staff co-ordinated by our Practice Manager.



We are a Training Practice linked with the Northumberland Vocational Training Scheme and as such we regularly have a Registrar Doctor working with us to gain experience of working in General Practice.


Dr John Knapton. Full time Partner

Graduated Newcastle Medical School 1983

MBBS (Ncle), Diploma Obstetrics (University of Otago New Zealand), Family Planning Certificate RCOG, AFOM, MSc(Occupational Medicine) University of Manchester)

Dr Knapton first came to the practice as a Registrar in 1985 and returned as a Full Time Partner in 1988 after a period of working in New Zealand and completing his training at Greystoke Surgery, Morpeth Northumberland.

He is responsible within the practice for managing the computer system to co ordinate the care of chronic illness and maintaining our high achievement in the Quality and Outcome Framework.

He is experienced in Minor Surgery and Occupational Medicine.

Dr Knapton has decided to retire from the practice at the end of the practice year in April 2020. He wishes to pass on his appreciation for the kind messages he has received from staff and patients since announcing his retirement. It has been a pleasure to have worked in the practice since joining shortly after his GP training.

Dr Tony Miller. Part Time Partner

Graduated Glasgow University 1984


Dr Miller came to the practice in 2000 having previously worked as a Full time Partner in Yorkshire.

He oversees issues relating to Prescribing and Dispensing within the practice, and has an interest in Respiratory Medicine leading the care of patients with Asthma and Chronic Lung disease.

He is registered on the Child Health surveillance list and takes part in running our well Baby Clinics with our Heath Visitor.

He is trained in the techniques of Joint Injections a service he shares with Dr Donaldson.

Dr Rod Donaldson. Full Time Partner

Graduated Glasgow University 1989

MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, Family Planning Certificate RCOG.

Dr Donaldson joined the practice in 2001 having previously worked as a full time partner in Scotland.

He is our GP Trainer overseeing the Training of our GP registrars on the Northumberland GP Vocational Training Scheme.

He is also registered on the Child Health surveillance list and takes part in running our well Baby Clinics with our Heath Visitor.

He is also trained in the techniques of Joint Injections a service he shares with Dr Miller.


Dr Jacki Halliday-Pegg Part Time Salaried Doctor

Dr Jackie Halliday-Pegg, is a very experience Salaried Doctor, she joined us in June 2016.  

Our Registrar - Currently Vacant for at least 6 months from 1 2 2020

Our registrars are fully Qualified Doctors who are undergoing Higher Training in General practice on the Northumberland Vocational training scheme. They are usually working with us for six months. At the moment there are not enough doctors training to be GPs to fill all the posts in General Practices in the area. This means that we will not have a registrar for at least the next 6 months. We apologise to patients as our Registrars are valuable members of our team and there are added pressures on appointments when we do not have a registrar.

As part of their training they are required to Video some Consultations to be used for training purposes.   This is only done with your informed consent and under rules of strict confidentiality.

We value your co-operation if you feel happy to allow some consultations to be videoed to help in this way but do not mind if you wish not to take part in this aspect of medical training.

You will be given information if a video session is taking place during the day when you might attend and be given the option to opt in or out of having your consultation videoed.

Receptionists, Clinical and Administrative Staff

We have a dedicated and loyal team of receptionists and other administrative staff who are vital to the smooth running of Riversdale.

Practice Manager

  • Lesley White has been shadowing our practice managerPauline Henderson with a view to taking over Paulines role on retirement
  • (Pauline Henderson has recently formally retired after many years of dedicated service to the practice. We wish her well in her retirement though she is still helping us out on an as Hoc Basis)


  • Tina Drinkeld
  • Janice Howard
  • Jackie Teasdale
  • Catherine Atkinson
  • Jacqui Brown
  • Judith Jamieson
  • Zoe Hart
  • Jill Spooner
  • Denise Cavanagh


Practice Nurses

  • Pauline Sykes
  • Julie Smith

 Health Care Assistants

  • Patricia Staines


  • Dawn Simpson
  • Tina Drinkeld
  • Jill Spooner



  • Julie Gasgoigne
  • Kim Patterson

 Our Community Nurses

Community Matron

  • Community Matron 


District Nursing Staff Nurses

  • SN Kathleen Healy
  • SN Amber Newton
  • SN Fay Brent
  • SN Maggie Baker
  • SN Vicky Reynolds


Community Health Care Assistant

  • Joanne McDermott



  • Jill Abbott


Health Visitor

  • Jill Lee

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.The average pay for GPs working in this practice in the last full financial year was £111,314 before Tax and National insurance. This is for two full time GPs, two part time GPs and zero locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.