The Varis Medical Practice

Forres Health & Care Centre, Grantown Road, Forres, Moray, IV36 1JG

Practice Staff

Dr Peter Kelly (GP Partner)


Joined the Practice in 2002.  Specialises in Dermatology and GP Training

Dr Margaret Neison (GP Partner)


Joined the Practice in 2003.  Specialises in Womens’ Health, Family Planning, Undergraduate Training.  Enjoys family, dogs, horses, hiking & cycling.

Dr Gillian Clarke (GP Partner)


Joined the Practice in 2006.  Specialises in GP Training and also provides training for Remote & Rural GPs

Dr Keith Marshall (GP Partner)


Joined the Practice in 2013.  Specialises in Minor Surgery.  Has interests in Medicine and Musculoskeletal Medicine.  Enjoys hiking, mountain biking and the outdoors in general

Dr Iain Munro (GP Partner)


Joined the practice in 2015.  Also does Out Of Hours work in the Highlands.  Enjoys climbing, hill running, ski mountaineering and cycling.  Member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team.

Dr Kiersten Pecchia (GP Partner)

MBBS 1998, MRCGP, BSC Human Biology, Dip Paeds

Joined practice 2016   Ares of speciality – Paediatric,s Womens’ Health,  Steroid joint injections & Palliative care

Dr Mairi Crawford (Salaried GP)


Joined the Practice in 2016.  Specialises in Tropical Medicine and Emergency Care.  Works 2 days per week and also does Out Of Hours GP work.

Dr Eleanor Love (Salaried GP)


Joined the Practice in 2019
Enjoys hiking, mountain biking and gardening

GP Specialist Trainee

We are a recognised Training Practice and usually have a fully qualified GP Specialist Trainee attached to the Practice for one year at a time. As part of the training we may occasionally ask if you would agree to your consultation being video recorded. This is entirely optional and completely confidential.

Locum Doctors

From time to time, Locum Doctors may be employed by the Practice. They are fully registered Doctors with experience in General Practice.

Medical Students

We offer training for Aberdeen University Medical students. We may have Medical Students sitting in during surgeries. We will inform you of this on making an appointment and you can elect to be seen without a student present if desired.

Members of Our Team

Practice Manager

Mrs Fiona Harris joined the surgery as Practice Manager in June 2017.  As Practice Manager, Fiona leads our team of dedicated staff and is responsible for the day to day operational management of the Practice on behalf of the Partners.

Administrative Staff

The administrative staff are your first point of contact with the Practice. Please help them by giving as much relevant information as appropriate, so they can ensure you obtain the most appropriate service from the practice.

Nursing Team

We now have a team of nine nurses working at the Health Centre (full and part-time) consisting of:-

  • Practice Nurses
    Our nurses deliver chronic disease management reviews for diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease, stroke/TIA, COPD, and hypertension. They also undertake travel medicine, cervical screening and breast awareness.
  • Treatment Room Nurses
    Our treatment room nurses are capable of undertaking a wide range of nursing procedures and are there to participate in the delivery of specialist clinical services through our treatment room.
  • Health Care Assistants
    Health care assistants are trained in a particular way but do not have a professional qualification, undertaking clinical procedures which have been taught and delegated – such as ‘phlebotomy service’, ECG recordings, as well as a wide range of support services to the team.Our practice nurses and treatment room nurses have developed new roles and skills and we are utilizing these skills to their full potential. This nurse service works within the boundaries of three areas – the treatment room, consulting room 16 and consulting room 19.
  • Community Nursing Team
    There are nine members of the community nursing team (full and part time). This team provides a full range of community nursing services, working in geographical areas within the practice boundaries. This team provides assistance in all aspects of nursing care – palliative care, chronic disease management, wound care, bladder and bowel care.The team is based at the Health Centre but are out visiting patients for a large part of the day. They work Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm and can be contacted by telephone on 678899. It is best to phone before 10am or just after 2pm  There is currently an emergency out of hours service accessed through the practice telephone number 0845 337 1120.
  • Public Health Team
    There are eight members of the public health team including health visitors, school nurses and nursery nurses. The Health Visitors work within the practice boundaries and offer a range of services to the practice population. They have an excellent and close relationship with the GPs with whom they meet daily to discuss clinical issues. They perform regular developmental assessments and immunisations for the under fives and can advise across the whole spectrum of child health.On Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 3pm they run a ‘drop in’ clinic for parents to access information and advice. They also visit all new families with under fives, at home, soon after registering with the practice to ensure that parents are aware of the services offered. They run a sleep clinic to support and help parents resolve sleep difficulties. Health promotion campaigns are run regularly throughout the year. Health visitors work Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm and can be contacted on 678875.
  • Midwives
    The Community Midwifery Team consists of four midwives (full and part-time) offering care to women and their families in Forres and the surrounding area. They work closely with the GPs and the local maternity units (Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin: Raigmore Hospital, Inverness and Aberdeen Maternity Hospital) Services they provide include family planning, miscarriage support, initial booking appointment in early pregnancy, post natal visits at home, home support for all aspects of becoming a new parent and breast feeding support. The Midwives can be contacted on 678867.
  • Podiatrist
    Appointments are arranged following referral from your Doctor.
  • Physiotherapist
    Appointments are arranged following referral from your Doctor.
  • Practice Pharmacist
    Our Practice Pharmacist is available to give advice about your medication over the telephone or by appointment.  You can also bring in all your medication for a review appointment to deal with any medication related problems you may be having.


Further Information