Doctors and Staff

The Doctors

Dr Hamish Dougall

BSc MSc (Clin Pharm) MBChB MRPharmS FRCP MRCGP

Dr Hamish Dougall trained and qualified as a pharmacist he went on to study medicine, graduating from Aberdeen University in 1994. He worked in a number of medical specialities before moving into general practice. He is a Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society & the Royal College of General Practitioners​ and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) . He also holds a Diploma in Family Planning. Specialist interests include immediate &intermediate care, cardiovascular and respiratory medicine and soft tissue & joint injections. He is married with three children. He splits his time as GP partner in Crieff with work as a speciality doctor in Cardiology in Perth Royal Infirmary and was appointed Clinical Director of the P&K Health & Social Care Partnership in November 2016. 

Dr Stuart Evans


Dr Stuart Evans graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 1997. Both he and his wife, also a doctor, came to Scotland when he became a registrar with the practice prior to becoming a partner in January 2003. Stuart is a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and holds Diplomas in Child Health and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr Evans has a special interest in respiratory diseases especially asthma and COPD and is also interested in palliative care. He is responsible for the immunisation programme within the practice and liaises closely with our practice nurses to ensure the smooth running of the ‘flu clinic.

Dr Claire Jones


Dr Claire Jones graduated from Aberdeen University in 2002 and worked in various hospital posts around Scotland, followed by some time in Bangladesh with an aid agency before coming to Crieff.  Claire is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and holds a Diploma in Family Planning (including coil fitting). She has a special interest in women’s and child health and family planning.  She is a GP specialist trainer.

Dr Gillian de la Haye


Dr Gillian de la Haye graduated from Aberdeen University in 2006. During her GP training she was a registrar with the Blue Practice. Before returning to the practice as a salaried GP she completed the Rural Fellowship Programme, gaining extended skills in pre-hospital emergency care and rural healthcare. Gillian is currently developing a specialist interest in women's health. She is married and her husband is also a GP within Tayside.

Dr Ross Whyte


Dr Ross Whyte graduated from Glasgow University in 1998. He trained to become a GP in the West of Scotland and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He worked in Kilwinning and Stirling prior to joining the Blue practice and has interests in Diabetes and Child health. He is married with 2 Children.

Dr Shona Crorie


Dr Shona Crorie graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2001. She completed her GP training in Perthshire and then a Rural Fellowship in Lochaber. She joined the Blue Practice on her return to Perthshire after 12 years of working as a GP in New Zealand. Her special areas of interest include paediatrics, women's health and minor surgery.

Dr Laura Halley

BMedSci(hons) MBChB MRCGP 

Dr Laura Halley graduated from Edinburgh University in 2014 then worked in Glasgow, Fort William and Zambia before returning home to Crieff to complete her GP training with the Blue Practice. She joins as a partner in October 2020. She is interested in holistic and palliative care. 


GP Specialist Registrars

As a training practice we have these working with us for a period of time. They are fully qualified doctors often with considerable experience in other areas of medicine who are completing general practice training.

Practice Staff

The practice staff comprises the following:

Practice Manager

The practice manager, Jill Hall, is responsible for the smooth running and efficiency of the Medical Centre, and may be able to help you with any administrative or non-medical aspects of your health care.


We currently employ four full-time and four part-time staff who cover all day to day operations ie reception desk, data input, secretarial, processing of repeat prescriptions and filing. They are there to assist you and the doctors. They are all trained, confident and caring and are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the doctors and nurses.

Nurse Practitioners

Sheila Griffiths BSc RN qualified as a Registered Nurse in Glasgow 1992 and has experience from a variety of clinical settings; Critical Care, Emergency Department, Renal Dialysis, Medical Admissions, NHS24 and Minor Illness and Injury Unit before joining Blue Practice as a Nurse Practitioner. Sheila has additional qualifications in non-medical prescribing, Advanced Clinical Examination, Principles of Critical Care, Respiratory Assessment, Unplanned Care of Acutely Unwell Child and Young Person, Research and Evidence Based Practice and Preceptorship.

Jill Woods BSc RN graduated from Stirling University in 2000. She has had 17 years experience working in as a Senior Trauma Nurse in Emergency Department in both Scotland and Australia. Jill joined the Blue Practice in 2018 as a trainee Nurse Practitioner. Jill has additional qualifications in Minor Injury and llness, Advanced Life Support,  Advanced Paediatric Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Management of the Acutely Unwell Child and Critical Illness Mangement.  


Practice Pharmacist

Kenny Halliday MSc BSc PgDip graduated from Strathclyde University in 1991 and completed his training at the London Chest Hospital. He worked in hospitals in the North of England and Fife before commencing his current post in Strathearn in 2001. He holds a post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and is registered with the general pharmaceutical council. His special interests are anticoagulant management and heart failure. He currently works part time with the Blue Practice two days a week. The practice pharmacist works closely with the doctors and healthcare staff to address all aspects of medicine management within the practice. He can help answer medicine-related queries from members of the public.

Nursing Services & How To Contact Them

Practice Nurses

Katrina Cowie              RGN SCM BA SPQ General Practice Nurse

Tracy Henderson         RGN

Elspeth Burrows          BN RGN

The Practice Nurses are Registered Nurses who have specialist knowledge in dealing with long term health conditions i.e. diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart disease, women and men's health. They have additional qualifications to assist and work in partnership with patients in achieving a healthy lifestyle and having a greater understanding of their conditions. They also liaise with other healthcare professionals to provide ongoing care. The Practice Nurses also deal with wound and ear care, specific immunisations for travel and a wide variety of other treatments.

 Attached Staff

Tayside Primary Care Trust employs community nurses and health visitors who work from within the medical centre.

Community Nurses

The community nursing team provide nursing care to those patients at home who are housebound and unable to attend the surgery.

They are highly trained and give nursing advice to the doctors and patients. They can be contacted directly by telephoning the Medical Centre on 01764 652257.

Health Visitors

Karen Aitken RGN HV BN (Hons) Community Health

Louise Russell RSGN HV 

These are registered nurses who have undergone extra training in public health and family health with particular emphasis on child development. Other services offered include:

  • Healthy Lifestyle Clinics
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Support Groups (postnatal, infant massage)
  • Young People Services (open access - advice on sexual health, weight, bullying, drugs etc)

Their direct telephone line within the Medical Centre is 01764 655535.

Community Midwives

Community midwives attend women before and after babies are born, either at home or in clinics and classes. They act as a link between the hospital midwifery service and our practice.

If you wish to contact a midwife about any problems please use the following numbers:

For URGENT matters please telephone 01738 473425. This is manned 24 hours a day and is the labour ward main line at Perth Royal Infirmary.

For NON-URGENT matters please telephone 01738 473406 and leave a message. This is an answering machine and the midwife will call you back.

If your baby has a FEEDING PROBLEM please telephone 01738 473436 and leave a message. This is manned 24 hours a day and is the Red Team postnatal ward at Perth Royal Infirmary.

Medical Education

Our practice is fortunate in being approved to provide training in general practice for experienced doctors who wish to become general practitioners. There is usually at least one such specialist trainee working with us at any one time.

Medical students and nursing students attend the practice from time to time. We hope that you will co-operate with us and help the students learn about general practice. Rest assured you will be informed of their presence in advance, so if you do not want them to be present at the consultation, your wishes will be respected. This will not affect your treatment in any way.

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