Company Information

Chester le Street Health Limited was created to enhance the delivery of health and care services to our local population. We are made up of 7 General Practices in membership and therefore cover approximately 50,000 people who live in Chester le Street and the surrounding districts.

The Company has a Board of Directors composed of experienced GPs from within the local practices as well as experienced practice managers.

We believe that community based services which are high quality, consistent and joined up must be the solution to many of the pressures on today’s NHS and that General Practice is ideally placed to lead this community based provision.

We also believe that by coming together in our Federation we can better develop skills and consistency not traditionally available in General Practice to deliver vastly improved services to our community.

Our Directors

Paul Dodds


I am currently a Practice Manager in Chester le Street and became a director as I am passionate about ensuring Chester le Street and the surrounding area, gets the top class health services that the area’s residents deserve.

Living in close to the centre of Chester le Street, I feel it is important I support the local community, so in addition to my work as a Director, I am also the chair of governors at a local school and spend the rest of my spare time with my two young children.

Dr Lynne Trainor


I have worked as a GP in Chester le St for 7 years having also done my medical training in the North East. My special interests are Diabetes and GP training. I am passionate about developing the best local services for the patients of Chester le St to improve the health of the local population. 

Dr Sarah Leese


I have been a GP in the Durham area for 14 years and a partner across Middle chare and Pelton for the past 6 years. I have an interest in palliative care, womens health and teaching and training. I enjoy supervising students and GP trainees in my practice.

I think that this opportunity of working together will enable us to promote excellence and high quality to all our patients and families across the locality.

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and love reading a good book to unwind at the end of the day.