Silverbirch Medical Practice, Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland

Meet our clinical staff

We have a team of dedicated healthcare professionals at Silverbirch Medical Practice dedicated to giving our patients the highest standard of medical care.

Dr Steven Kinnear - MRCGP, Managing Partner

Doctors Name hereDr Kinnear took over Silverbirch Medical Practice from Dr Majury on 1st October 2016. He completed his training in General Practice on the North Down Rotation working in both the Old Mill Surgery and the Webb, Stockman, Moffett Practice in Regency Medical Centre, Newtownards. Prior to that he completed training rotations in Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Ulster Hospital.

Before training in General Practice Dr Kinnear spent time as Medical Manager at the regional Health and Social Care Board and was a Registrar in Acute Medicine with additional training in Intensive Care Medicine. As part of his training in Acute Medicine he has undertaken training posts in General Medicine, Acute Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Cardiology, and Nephrology.

While working at Regency Medical Centre Dr Kinnear trained in Minor Surgery under Dr Stockman, who is a GP Dermatologist, and in Joint and Musculoskeletal Injections under Dr Webb, Sports Physician and Medical Director at Ulster Rugby.

Dr Kinnear has a special interest in sports and musculoskeletal medicine, minor surgery, and travel medicine.

Outside General Practice Dr Kinnear enjoys spending time with his wife and son, walking, and learning to fly.

Dr Sara-Jane Howard  MCRGP

Dr Howard trained in Keele and Stoke in England before returning to Northern Ireland.  She joined the team at Silverbirch in September 2018.  She is currently on Maternity leave after having her second child.

Dr Ryan Hamilton MRCS MRCGP

Dr Hamilton provides our minor surgery service within the practice.  Prior to becoming a GP he trained as a surgeon and completed his surgical post graduate exams.  He now provides minor surgery in General Practice alongside his work in the GP Federation delivered vasectomy service.  Dr Hamilton also trains other GPs in minor surgical skills. He is a GP Partner in Bangor Health Centre.


Mrs Emma Mawhinney, Physician Associate

Emma qualified as a Physician Associate (PA) in 2020 after graduating from the University of Ulster.  Prior to training as a PA Emma worked as a Biomedical Scientist specialising in Microbiology at Antrim Hospital for more than 10 years. You can find out more about Physician Associates here -  Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Physician Associates

Practice Nurse

Mrs Roberta McVea is our Practice Nurse and runs clinics for Asthma, COPD and Diabetes.  She also runs our Cardiac Event Monitoring and Sexual Health Screening services.  Nurse McVea works on alternate Wednesdays and every Thursday.

Treatment Room Nurses

Sister Pearl McAllister runs our treatment room and childhood immunisation programme.  Her clinics are on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  She offers a full range of treatment room services.
Nurse Jude Webb runs a cervical smear clinic on a Tuesday afternoon and helps out with other treatment room tasks when required.

Healthcare Assistant

Mrs Gillian Babb is our Healthcare Assistant. She provides phlebotomy, blood pressure monitoring, ABPI measurement, compression stocking measurement, ECG recording, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and simple dressings.

Practice Pharmacist

Mrs Orla Price is our Practice pharmacist working every Tuesday and Wednesday and alternate Fridays. She runs clinics for Asthma and COPD as well as dealing with medication queries and a wide range of medication related issues. Prior to joining Silverbirch Orla worked as a Practice Pharmacist in Crossgar and in Community Pharmacy.


Mrs Katy Lockhart is a paramedic who works in the Practice on Monday mornings.  She previously worked as a paramedic in England and currently works as a Clinical Systems Developer - Paramedic Author for NHS Digital developing triage protocols.

CBT Therapist

Mr Alistair Shaw is our Cognitive Behavioural Therapist offering CBT appointments in the Practice on Wednesday mornings (alternate weeks).

ICT Therapist

Mrs Laura McClelland is our integrative counselling therapist.  She offers appointments in the Practice on Monday mornings.

Dietitian (diabetes)

Olivia Smyth and Stephanie Alcorn are our dietitians for patients with diabetes.  Their clinics are on a Monday morning.


Sandra McCloskey is our midwife.  Her clinics are on a Thursday morning.

Health Visitor

Dapne Glenn is the health visitor covering our Practice.  She is based at Bangor Health Centre and can be contacted there.


Medical Students

Our current medical students are:

  • Danielle McElhone - Final Year
  • Keara Govender - 4th Year

Physician Associate Student

 We do not currently have a PA student on placement

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