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Dr Gerrard Phillips

• MA (Oxon) 1975
• MB BS (Lon) 1978
• DM (Soton) 1991
• FRCP 1996

• Research Fellow MRC Immunopharmacology Group Southampton – DM on the subject of asthma; more than 16 refereed first author papers on Resp Med plus numerous 2nd author papers, reviews and book chapters
• Trained in Resp Med for 5 years at The Royal Brompton and St George’s Hospitals London
• Chair UK Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) in Respiratory Medicine, Royal College of Physicians (RCP) UK (current)
• Previously secretary SAC
• Previously Chairman Education and Training Committee British Thoracic Society (BTS)
• Previously Member Executive Committee BTS
• Previously Member Council BTS
• Chair BTS working party on Medical Thoracoscopy (current)
• Member BTS Pleural Disease Guidelines Group (current)
• Chair Wessex Specialty Training Committee in Respiratory Medicine (current)
• Wessex Regional Specialty Advisor in Respiratory Medicine (current)
• Programme Director for Wessex Respiratory Medicine Specialty Training Programme (current)
• UK representative on “HERMES” – European Respiratory Society Taskforce drafting a syllabus and curriculum for training in Respiratory Medicine across Europe (current)
• Chair Dorset Lung Cancer Network Site Specific Group (current)
• Chair Dorset Thoracic Group (current)
• Previously Chairman West Dorset Hospitals Local Research Ethics Committee
• Previously RCP College Tutor in Medicine, West Dorset Hospitals NHS Trust
• Examiner for membership examination Royal College of Physicians (UK) (current)
• External assessor NHS complaints procedure

Special interests:
• Asthma
• Interstitial Lung Disease
• Lung Cancer
• Pleural Disease

New treatments introduced:
• Interventional bronchoscopy techniques
• Medical thoracoscopy

• Weymouth Monday am
• DCH Tues am
• DCH Thurs pm

01305 255259


Dr Will McConnell

• MA, Cambridge 1991
• BM BCh, Oxford, 1991
• DM, Southampton, 2001
• FRCP, London, 2006

• Brought up in Liverpool. Undertook preclinical training in Cambridge and clinical in Oxford. House officer posts in Northampton and Oxford in the Nuffield Department of Medicine. Medical SHO rotation at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. Respiratory Registrar rotation in Wessex at Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southampton. Undertook two and a half years of research in University Medicine, Southampton General Hospital, investigating airway remodelling in asthma.
• Since 2001, I have been a Respiratory and general physician in Dorset County Hospital. I have been active in trying to improve respiratory services in the hospital and in the community, particularly with regard to COPD services in the community, but also with regard to asthma, sleep services and TB. I have developed a pulmonary physiologist-delivered interstitial lung disease clinic. I also lead on the management of pulmonary emboli and DVTs within the hospital.
• I am also heavily involved in the organisation and delivery of junior doctor training in the hospital, since I have been the medical College Tutor and the Foundation Programme Director and the Director of Medical Education. I am a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and have an interest in the development of professionalism in junior doctors.
• I have been the Divisional Director for Medicine since 2015.

Special interests:
• COPD and community services
• Asthma
• Sleep disordered breathing
• Pulmonary vascular disease

New treatments introduced:
Development of the Dorset Adult Integrated Respiratory Service, with the CCG, and Poole and Bournemouth Hospitals

Development Pulmonary Rehabilitation services in West Dorset 

Clinical Physiologist-delivered interstitial lung disease clinic​

• Alternate Monday afternoons – Blandford Community Hospital
• Alternate Tuesday afternoons – Bridport Community Hospital
• Thursday afternoons – Dorset County Hospital

01305 255259


Dr Marianne Docherty


  • BM (Hons) 1997 Southampton
  • BSc 1996
  • MRCP 2000


  • Alternate weeks Monday AM, Weymouth Community Hospital
  • Weekly Friday AM, Dorset County Hospital


01305 255259

Dr Jennifer Graves

MBChB Bristol 2000
FRCP London 2004
PGCME Bristol 2011

After training at Bristol University I undertook my house job at Exeter and Derriford before undertaking a medical SHO rotation at Exeter. I was an SHO in Poole and an ITU SHO at Portsmouth. I undertook my specialist respiratory training in the Wessex and South West Deaneries.

I worked at Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury as a consultant for five years before relocating to Dorchester and Dorset County Hospital.

Special interests: 
Lung cancer
Pleural disease

New treatments introduced: 
I am the lung cancer lead and have set up our pleural service. I am passionate about improving the care of our patients with lung cancer and streamlining the patient pathway.

Alternate Monday mornings, Weymouth Community Hospital
Alternate Monday afternoons, Blandford Community Hospital
Wednesday mornings, Pleural Clinic, DCH
Thursday afternoons, DCH
Friday afternoons, DCH

01305 255259​

Other key members of the respiratory team: 

Senior Chief Clinical Physiologist - Keith Butterfield 
Chief Clinical Physiologist - Chris Jones 
Clinical Physiologist - Rob Holwill
Lead DAIRS COPD Nurse - Sue Reed

DAIRS COPD Nurses - Angie Downton, Kaz O'Gorman

Respiratory Nurse Practitioner - Natalie Harper
Respiratory Nurse Practitioner - Nick Nadaf
Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists - Alex Hillcox-Smith​, Anita Burnham
Respiratory Physiotherapist - Claire Peak
Medical Secretaries - Frances Swatridge, Sam Wade
Administrators/Typists - Carol Pavey, Sally Daisley, Teri Addison