About us

We’re a group of established GPs with long experience of helping local people in Dorset.

We’ve set up a private GP service because it gives us the opportunity to offer patients the kind of GP service we believe in: thorough, efficient and prompt general practitioner care.

The Dorset Private GP service is based at the Poole Road Medical Centre building. We also have on site a pharmacy, private children’s therapy team, adult physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy services, which we can refer patients to.

Our approach

Here at Dorset Private GP we believe that what patients need is personal attention from a doctor who has time to focus on you. It’s the best way to identify any health problems you may have, the best way to understand why they’re happening, and the best way to select the most appropriate treatment.


“Thank you for your great kindness, tolerance and skills in treating me… a pleasure to visit you”

The benefits of an appointment with us

  • You’ll enjoy a personal GP service from an experienced family doctor.
  • You’ll get a 20 minute face to face appointment.
  • You can request a longer, 40 minute appointment if need be.
  • You’ll pay an affordable one-off fee for any service you use.
  • You’ll be able to access services that aren’t available on the NHS.
  • You can use our on-site pharmacy for any medicines you need.
  • You can park at our clinic, making access easy and quick.


The team

We have launched Dorset Private GP with a small team of hand-picked highly experienced medical professionals, all of whom have many years’ experience working in the NHS. We plan to grow the team as our service becomes more established in the area.


Dr Tim Alder

Tim has spent 21 years practising as a GP in the Dorset area and 18 years as a partner at Poole Road Medical Centre. He enjoys clinical medicine and family practice, but does feel constrained by the limits of NHS general practice. He believes in giving a better service to patients through longer appointments. Special interests include both paediatric medicine as well as the care of the frail elderly. He has a wide experience of HIV in primary care.

Dr Fran Sanders

Fran is an experienced GP and has been a partner at a local surgery for the last 10 years. She is passionate about General Practice and takes a holistic approach to her work. She is very much a generalist but she is particularly interested in mental health and medicine for the elderly. There are often times when patients have complex needs and need more than a 10 minute appointment, and she is grateful to be able to offer that.

Steve Middleton

Our practice manager Steve has been part of the team at 7 Poole Road for 8 years. With a background in the financial industry, he understands the constraints of the NHS and the benefits of private practice for some patients. He is keen to work with patients to improve their experience at the clinic.

Dr Jon Echebarrieta

Jon has been a partner at Poole Road for 8 of his 23 years practising as a doctor. His skills in surgery were honed during his time studying cardio-thoracic surgery in North London, and he performs minor surgery removing lumps and bumps at Poole Road Medical Centre.  He is happy to discuss the removal of any cosmetic lesions or those causing concern.

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