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Montgomery House Surgery
Piggy Lane
Bicester OX26 6HT

General enquiries (01869) 249222

(01869) 321888

(01869) 322433


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To provide excellent, accessible, personal primary care in a friendly environment where new ideas (from whatever source) are considered in a positive light, with the provision of adequate time for professional development for all members of the primary healthcare team.


The practice was established by Dr Gordon Montgomery before the Great War (1914 -1918). After serving in the war Dr Montgomery established his practice in Pevensey House, Sheep Street. He was joined by Dr Arthur House in 1937 and these two founding fathers worked together until Dr Montgomery retired in 1954, after 40 years service to the town. “Montgomery House Surgery” has therefore been named in recognition of our practice origins.

The practice moved to Bell Lane, moving again in 1975 to the Health Centre, then to Montgomery-House Surgery in 1998.



Dr Stuart Brand BSc, MB, BS (London) 1982, DGM,MRCGP
Dr William J O’Gorman MB, ChB (Manchester) 1996, MRCGP
Dr Ellen S V Parker BMBCh (Oxon) 2004, BA, MRCGP, DFFP, DRCOG
Dr Ben Loxton-Edwards BSc, MBBS, DFSRH, MRCGP
Dr Katherine Frankland BSc, MBBS (London) 1997, DRCOG, MRCGP

Salaried GPs

Dr Catherine O’Leary MB, ChB 1996, MRCP, MRCGP
Dr Elaine Tipper MB, ChB (Glasgow) 1995, MRCS, MRCGP
Dr Sue Uberoi MB ChB 1986, MRCGP 1991, DRCOG 1992

Dr Mark Lumb
BA (2006) BMBCh (2009) DCH (2011)


Practice Manager, Sarah Arnall
A nursing team of 4 nurses and 3 HCAs
A team of 10 receptionists, lead by Marion Collier, Reception Manager, A Finance Assistant, 2 Administrators, 2 Secretaries, 4 Dispensers, A Summariser / QOF clerk, IT Manager.

Attached Staff

These staff work at the practice and are employed by Oxfordshire Health:

5 District Nurses
3 Health Visitors
1 Counsellor
2 Midwives
1 Addictions Nurse
1 Clinical Psychologist


Patients are able to see any doctor in the practice, whilst gently encouraging them to see their ‘usual doctor’. Patients are also encouraged to book appointments with the Practice Nurses directly for specialist nursing services e.g. travel immunisations.

Currently, we have 12,250 patients. Of these, 5% are aged under 5 years, 24% are 5-16 years and 8% are aged over 75. We dispense to 26% of our patients who live in the villages surrounding Bicester.


The practice is open Monday to Friday 8.00am - 6.30pm and for routine appointments only on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8pm. Surgeries start between 8 and 8:50am in the morning, and between 2.20 and 5:00pm in the afternoon.

We have a duty doctor and duty nurse each day, who operate a telephone triage system, so that the other doctors rarely see emergencies. We visit our own patients at home if requests are received before noon, and cover our own telephone enquiries throughout the day. The duty doctor and nurse see patients for ‘medically urgent’ appointments as appropriate, as well as dealing with visit requests received after midday.


We moved into our modern, spacious leasehold premises in December 1998. The whole building is light and airy, with a welcoming main waiting area overlooking an enclosed courtyard with fountain. The consulting rooms are on the ground floor, along with the reception offices, treatment room areas and dispensary. Additional consulting rooms, administration and staff facilities are located on the first floor. We have a large ‘Health Education Room’ on the ground floor plus a comfortable library for smaller meetings on the first floor. Our health visitors and district nurses have their own office space within the building, and we offer rooms for other health professionals to use on a sessional basis. Currently Addictions services and Eye Clinics are held in the practice. These have proved very popular with patients who prefer being seen locally, thus avoiding the journey to Oxford or Banbury.


We have a substantial network of PCs throughout the building. We are paper-light with all consultations being recorded directly onto the EMIS Web clinical system, which is also used for booking appointments, repeat prescribing and audit purposes. We use Docman, a document management system, to scan incoming letters into folders in patients’ notes. All computers have access to NHS Net, Outlook and MS Windows Office, and library resources such as MentorPlus and Personal Development Planning software.

We have a Practice Intranet and currently post minutes of significant event meetings, educational meetings and useful links for practice information. This has been installed as a ‘homepage’ for the whole PHCT. Our Practice website at www.montgomeryhousesurgery.co.uk carries useful information and photographs of the practice.

Both the payroll and accounts are computerised, using software specifically designed for general practice.


We have been a teaching and training practice for many years. Dr Brand is our current trainer. Teaching of registrars and students is shared as much as possible between all members of the practice.

There are regular meetings held in the practice:

Quarterly Significant Event/Critical Incident Analysis Audit

Monthly Primary Health Care Team / nGMS Meetings (QOF, enhanced services)

Fortnightly Educational

Weekly Partnership Business


Bicester Cottage Hospital is a Victorian 12-bedded unit with ‘temporary’ buildings, and is located close to our practice. The hospital provides in-patient care to the local community, as well as community physiotherapy and radiology services.

Across the road from Montgomery-House Surgery, The Julier Centre is a community base for adult mental health services. Adjacent to this is another large practice (Bicester Health Centre) who have extended the premises we vacated some years ago. NHS Dentistry services are also based in this building.

Many out-patient clinics are held in premises around Bicester for medicine, surgery, dermatology, ENT, ophthalmology and rheumatology. We are ideally placed to make best use of the three local centres, with access to facilities at the Oxford Radcliffe, Banbury Horton and Aylesbury Stoke Mandeville hospitals.

Oxfordshire Health

There are 5 practices in Bicester, of which we are the largest. With another 5 practices in Woodstock, Islip, Kidlington and Gosford Hill we make up the North East Locality of Oxfordshire Health, who are located in Oxford.


“Bicester wuz a little town” is the title of a local history book. It isn’t a little town now! Bicester is a fast growing traditional market town, with the development of large housing estates during the last decade increasing its size to over 30,000. There is low unemployment in the area, particularly with the growth of the retail shopping outlet, ‘Bicester Village’ as well as established employers in engineering, motor racing and logistics.

Bicester is located 10 miles north-east of Oxford, approximately 15 miles away from Aylesbury and Banbury. The pedestrianised town centre is quite attractive, with a range of bars, restaurants and shops. There are 2 railway stations in the town, with direct connections to Birmingham, Oxford and London. Roads links to Oxford, Stratford, Milton Keynes and beyond are good, in addition to easy access onto the M40.

There is a wide range of state and independent schools within daily travelling distance. Most of the Partners live in the villages, although having opted out of OOH, living in Oxford city has become a viable proposition.

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