Hobs Moat Medical Centre
Ulleries Road, Solihull, B92 8ED
Tel: 0121 742 5211     Fax: 0121 722 8000     Out of Hours: 111
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Meet The Practice Team  

Dr Stephen Cowles MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP
Dr Stephen Cowles MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP

General Medical Council Number – 2732996

I have been at the practice since November 1987 having qualified at Birmingham University Medical school in 1981. I then worked in hospitals around Birmingham before coming to Hobs Moat after working for a time in Australia.

I am a GP trainer, helping to teach newly qualified GP registrars. Whilst enjoying the whole breadth of General Practice I have specialist interests in child health and development (and am a child health surveillance trainer), asthma and chest medicine and minor surgery. 

When I can escape my wife and children I’m afraid you will find me on the golf course or at Villa Park!


General Medical Council Number – 2922579

I graduated from Southampton university in 1984 and joined the practice in 1991. I have seen many changes both in general practice as a whole and in our own practice. I thoroughly enjoy my work as a GP, especially getting to know patients over a period of time and understanding the psychological aspects of illness. I enjoy working as a team and being involved in the teaching of medical students.

Dr Brian Crichton B.Sc(Hons), MBChB, FRCGP, Cert DC
Dr Brian Crichton B.Sc(Hons), MBChB, FRCGP, Cert DC

General Medical Council Number – 3360042

I started in General Practice in 1991, after qualifying in Biochemistry and Chemistry at Manchester University (1st class hons) and then going on to qualify in Medicine at Birmingham University. I undertook my postgraduate training in West Midlands, having worked in Sutton Coldfield, Kidderminster and Queen Elizabeth / Selly Oak Hospitals.

I am enthusiastic and forward-looking regarding all fields of General Practice, but my particular interests lie in prescribing, research and GP training, having been a trainer in this practice since 1998. My interest in research entails work with patients in several areas of study, and I run the diabetic clinic at this surgery.

On the domestic front, I am married with four children, including twins and am keen on outdoor pursuits, particularly cycling, running and skiing.

Dr Alison Matthews BM BS BMedSci

General Medical Council Number – 3341719

I joined Hobs Moat Medical Centre in 1993 having qualified from Nottingham university in 1989. I did hospital jobs in medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology and psychiatry in the Redditch area to prepare for general practice.

I enjoy all aspects of being a GP, but have a particular interest in women and childrens’ health.

Outside work, my time is largely taken up with family and friends although I do find time to go to the gym, read and travel.

Dr Yasmin Zakaria MBBS DFFP
Dr Yasmin Zakaria MBBS DFFP

General Medical Council Number – 4273253

I joined the practice in 1999. After graduating, I worked in Malaysia in various specialities before joining my husband here in England. I worked as a research fellow in Manchester before taking up vocational training in General Practice in the West Midlands. On completion I became a registrar at this surgery in 1998 and stayed on as a partner when Dr Bayly moved in 1999.

I work part-time and am qualified in Family planning, Child health surveillance and minor operations. I also run the Menopause Clinic on Wednesday afternoons.

Outside General Practice, I am a chauffeur, cook, accountant, gardener, teacher and financial advisor for my family!

Dr Nick Ridge
Dr Nick Ridge
Dr Ridge joined the partnership in January 2017 and looks after patients diagnosed with dementia
Dr Vandna Sharma
Dr Vandna Sharma
GMC No - 6041340
Qualification - MBBS (2001), MRCP (2005), MRCGP(2011) , Diploma in practical Dermatology, Cardiff, (2016)
Specialist  interest - Dermatology
I have come from a medical background and have worked in hospital for few years before I joined general practice.  I joined the practice  in 2012.
I enjoy general practice and  have got a specialist interest in Dermatology.
 I also do hospital clinics in Dermatology.
I think it is important to stay fit. I enjoy zumba and practice yoga regularly.
Dr Christopher Palmer
Dr Christopher Palmer
Dr Chris Palmer
GMC 6150206
MBBS (2008) MRCGP (2015)

I joined the practice in January 2016 after several years as a surgical doctor both locally and in London. 
I enjoy all aspects of General Practice, particularly musculoskeletal medicine, minor surgery and paediatrics. My home life is busy with our new daughter, but when she's quiet I enjoy playing piano, gardening and cycling. 
Practice Nurses

Our practice nurses Caroline, Lynne, Liz and Sam carry out a full range of nursing procedures including dressings, removal of stitches, ear syringing, immunisations and hearing tests. They run well-person clinics, travel clinics and are available for health education, including dietary advice and help with stopping smoking. They also give advice on treating minor ailments. All our nurses have advanced qualifications in asthma, diabetic care, spirometry and offer clinic appointments for patients with these long term conditions who need reviews or advice.

Health Visitor

The Health visiting team are based at Grove Road clininc and can be contacted on 0121 704 3405. Health visitors are experienced, specialist nurses who offer help, information, support and advice to families with young children.

Well Child clinics are run at:

Grove Road Clinic, Grove Road, Solihull, B91 2AQ
Tuesdays 9 – 11.00am

Garretts Green Children Centre, 117 Garretts Green Lane, Garretts Green, Birmingham, B26 2JL
Tuesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Ulverley Children’s Centre, Ulverly School, Rodney Road, Solihull, B92 8RZ
Thursday 12:30 – 2:30pm 

District Nurses

We have district nurses attached to the practice. They provide nursing care to patients in their own homes. They can also teach and provide support to carers who look after elderly and disabled people.


If you are expecting a baby, your care before and after the baby is born will be provided by both the doctor and our midwife. The midwife runs an antenatal clinic at the surgery, as well as seeing patients in their own homes.

Pick up a maternity pack at reception after your first visit.


We are a full pysiotherapist service based at the centre, their proper title is the Musculoskeletal Service as they deal with much more than just providing physiotherapy. They can send you for X rays and scans as well as providing joint injections.

If you wish to self refer you can pick up a form from recpetion.

Practice Manager: Mrs Sandra Reynolds

E-mail: sandra.reynolds@nhs.net

Mrs Reynolds is responsible for the smooth running of the practice. She is available to help you with administrative or non-medical aspects of your healthcare. She is happy to receive your suggestions as to how we can improve the service and will deal promptly with any complaint.

Practice Secretary

The Practice secretary is available to help you with any queries regarding hospital referrals, self-help groups or other secretarial matters.

The Receptionists

The receptionists are your link with the rest of the practice and will help you in every way they can. They are available every weekday from 8.00am to 6.30pm to make appointments, receive prescription and deal with any general enquiries.

Unpredictability is the nature of our work please bear in mind that delays are sometimes unavoidable.

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