About Us

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

Who We Are

We are a team of highly experienced doctors and nurses based in two clinics in Dorset. 

Bournemouth – Based on the top floor at 7 Poole Road, Dorset Private GP forms part of Dorset Private Health which consists of a private children’s therapy team, adult physiotherapy and chiropractic services. We also share the building with Poole Road Medical Centre and Westcliff Pharmacy.

Poundbury in Dorchester – Dorset Private GP clinic is located in the Poundbury Clinic which is a centre of excellence with private gynaecology, chiropractors, cardiology & respiratory specialists.

Our Approach

We believe that patients need 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

The Team

Dorset Private GP is made up of a hand-picked team of highly experienced medical professionals, all of whom have many years’ experience working within the NHS.

Dr Tim Alder

Tim has spent 24 years practising as an NHS GP in the Dorset area and 20 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.

Tim founded Dorset Private GP along with Dr Jon Echebarrieta and Steve Middleton in 2017. He believes in giving a better service to patients through longer appointments and continuity of care.

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 Jon Echebarrieta

Jon has been an NHS partner at Poole Road Medical Centre for 17 of his 30 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 for Dorset Private GP.

He is happy to discuss the removal of any cosmetic lesions or those causing concern.

Dr Lucy Johnson

Lucy qualified from Imperial College London in 2010 achieving BSc Honors in Neuroscience and Mental Health, Merit in Psychiatry and Distinction in Surgery.

She then went on to train on the Isle of Wight and has been a GP since 2015. She holds dual membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Physicians.

She has a special interest in Neurology (Migraine, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis), and in Elderly Age Mental Health (Dementia).

Dr Zara Mufti

Zara studied at Liverpool University in 2008 and has worked in various areas in the country and medical specialities before qualifying as a GP in 2016. She then moved back to her home county of Dorset and has worked locally ever since.

She enjoys the variety and challenge that a career in General Practice offers. She splits her working life between her usual NHS GP surgery, the urgent treatment centre and out of hours service and Dorset Private GP. She really values the time she can spend with patients at Dorset Private GP and now runs the injectable weight loss clinic here.

Outside of work, she maintains a healthy work life balance by gardening, walking her dog and regularly training at the gym.

Dr Rosemary Crinion

Rosemary graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1998 and moved to Poole in 2001 to work as a GP.

She is enthusiastic about all aspects of medicine and offers patients a holistic approach to their care. Her specialist interests include, Family Planning, Women’s Health, Sports Medicine, Dermatology and Geriatrics. She is our Women’s Health lead at the clinic, inserting coils and implants as needed.

Outside of work she is a keen sailor, runner and sea swimmer.

Dr Sumit Aggarwal

Sumit qualified in India in 1999 and completed GP training at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester. He has been an NHS GP in Dorset for the last 14 years, gaining a wide range of experience in all areas of General Practice.

After moving to Poole few years ago, he has developed a portfolio career across Primary care, Dermatology, Aesthetic medicine and No Scalpel Vasectomy. He is an experienced No Scalpel Vasectomist with over 1,500 surgeries under his belt.

Outside work, Sumit is a keen gardener, practises yoga and likes to watch cricket.

Dr Eoghan de Burca

Eoghan studied physiology and later medicine in London before completing his training as a GP in Oxford. He then worked for many years as a GP in Oxfordshire, gaining wide clinical experience before the family relocated to Dorset in early 2023. He enjoys all aspects of general practice but has a particular interest in cardiology having worked as a specialty doctor in that area for several years.

In addition to private work, he works as an NHS GP locally. He loves the wide variety of work as a GP and finds getting to know his patients and their families rewarding. Outside of work, he can be found spending time with his wife, their two sons, and their sausage dog as they explore the beautiful surroundings of Dorset.

Dr Mehrdad Bordbar

Mehrdad is our doctor based at The Poundbury Clinic in Dorchester and he graduated from the University of Southampton in 2014 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) and a Masters in Medical Sciences (MMedSc). He then returned to Dorset to complete his training at Poole Hospital and Dorset County Hospital. Mehrdad has also gone on to complete further specialist training in Western Medical Acupuncture and received his certification from the prestigious British Medical Acupuncture Society in London. He lives with his wife, daughter and their Shetland Sheepdog Casper

Dr Catherine Hukins

Catherine has been an NHS GP in Dorset for 22 years and is the newest addition to the Dorset Private GP team. As well as being a general practitioner Catherine is also a member of the British Menopause Society (BMS) and has a strong women’s health background. She worked as a peri-menopause and menopause specialist with Newson Health for more than 2 1/2 years. Catherine feels passionately that great menopause care should include providing information for women about their options and empowering them to make individualised decisions that will enhance their journey through the peri-menopause and menopausal years.

Jocelyn Bell


Jocelyn qualified as a nurse in West Sussex and has been working in the NHS since 1992 in acute hospital settings and GP surgeries. She has a special interest in clinical research for optimising patient care.
Jocelyn also specialises in Sexual Health and provides appointments at Dorset Private GP on Wednesday mornings. She likes that patients now have the option of private practice as this will further options for managing their own health and well-being.

Outside of work Jocelyn enjoys spending time with her family.

Dr Carrie Stead

Carrie completed her medical degree at Imperial College, London, in 2006. She has lived in Dorset since then and completed her GP training in Poole. She works as a GP partner in the NHS in addition to her private work. Her interests include Paediatrics and Womens Health and has specialist training in both. She thoroughly enjoys being a GP, likes to take time to get to know her patients and practices up to date evidenced based medicine.

Outside of work Carrie is kept very busy by her three young children and enjoys going to the beach.

Vikki Coulson

Clinic Supervisor

Vikki works alongside Melissa in the reception and admin team taking calls and queries. She worked as a receptionist and administrator for an NHS surgery for seven years, and has the experience to deliver a high standard of customer care.

Vikki is polite and friendly with excellent communication and listening skills, and has a passion for delivering excellent support from the first contact with our patients.

Steve Middleton

Compliance and Finance Director

Steve has been a senior healthcare manager for over 15 years, having previously worked in the finance sector before that. He looks after the financial and compliance aspects of the practice as well as supporting the day-to-day operation.

Steve has a passion for providing high quality patient care and has a particular interest in promoting lifestyle medicine to support healthy living.

Emma Bartlett


Emma has many years’ experience in the hospitality sector and has brought her impeccable customer service skills to Dorset Private GP. She is part of our administration team in Bournemouth and is available by phone or email to help with any enquiries, no matter how big or small.

Emma loves the outdoors and she will often be found trekking around the countryside.

Caroline Hare


Caroline has over 25 years experience in customer service, from retail, hospitality to healthcare. Caroline starting working for us in 2020 as the supervisor at the Covid Testing site near to Bournemouth Airport and in October 2022, she joined the administration team at our Bournemouth clinic. Caroline loves looking after and helping patients, but she also enjoys family get togethers, walking and watching period dramas.

Toby Catt


Toby started with Dorset Private GP as an administrator at our Covid Testing site in Bournemouth. He has helped thousands of customers navigate the complicated and frustrating process of Covid PCR testing for trips abroad. Countless people have commented on his helpful and patient manner. Since January 2022, Toby has joined our administration team and looks after patients in our Bournemouth and Poundbury clinics. Nothing is too much trouble for him and he will help in any way he can.

Toby is a keen musician and in his spare time he writes and produces his own music.

Melissa Middleton

Clinic Manager

Melissa has worked in a variety of business sectors including insurance, banking and real estate. In her role as clinic manager at Dorset Private GP she particularly enjoys the customer care aspect and strives to ensure that patient experience is of the highest standard it can possibly be. Melissa shares in our joint aim to evolve the clinic into a place of excellence for all patients’ medical, health and wellbeing needs.