Our priority is your health


Our Practice

With modern healthcare becoming increasingly complex and challenging, Southern Independent Medical Practice was founded in 1994 with the purpose of providing an affordable, high-quality private GP service. As the only private practice in the region, we offer an unrivalled breadth of medical services across the South of England from our base in central Salisbury.

While our warm and welcoming environment puts patients at ease, our experienced team is able to take the proper amount of time for unhurried and in-depth consultations. We place a strong emphasis on preventive healthcare too – spotting potential problems before they have a chance to develop more seriously, and keeping patients in peak condition. And with access to urgent out of hours GP advice, Southern Independent offers complete peace of mind.

Because we’re a private practice, we can work independently of political control – meaning we’re free to focus solely on your welfare, and address all your health concerns with efficiency and compassion. Our affordable HealthPlan scheme includes unlimited access to our GPs, along with an annual health check.

We are also able to do one-off consultations for any non-member patients at the practice.

Dr Richard Willis, GP Principal at the Southern Independent Medical Practice

Dr Richard Willis

Dr Richard Willis founded Southern Independent Medical Practice in 1994.

A General Practitioner for over 30 years, Dr Willis trained at New College, Oxford and St. Bartholomews Hospital, London.

Dr Willis has comprehensive clinical experience and particular interests in cardiology and endocrinology.

Dr David Magee at the Southern Independent Medical Practice

Dr David Magee

Dr Magee joined Southern Independent Medical Practice in 2003.

Dr Magee has been practising general medicine for more than 22 years, having trained at University College, Dublin, and qualifying in 1984. He has extensive experience covering all aspects of family health, including an interest in cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health.

Dr Joanna Lovatt at the Southern Independent Medical Practice

Dr Jo Lovatt

Dr Lovatt joined the Practice in 2010.

She trained at Southampton and qualified in 1999.

Dr Lovatt has a wide range of experience, including addiction matters and sexual health. She offers excellent all-round medical care, and has a particular interest in women’s health.

Dr Edwin Topping

Dr Edwin Topping

Dr Topping joined SIMP in April 2021.

Dr Topping completed his medical training at Southampton Medical School in 2012 and qualified as a GP in 2018.

He enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a particular interest in care of the older patient and men’s health.

Dr Joanna Pope at the Southern Independent Medical Practice

Dr Joanna Pope

Dr Pope MBBS, MRCGP BSc Hons (psychology) rejoined SIMP in February 2021.

Dr Pope qualified at King’s College Hospital London in 1996.  She has a wide range of general practice experience and has worked in urgent care in Salisbury for the past decade.

She has an interest in women’s health and menopausal matters as well as psychological health.

Nurse Lainey Barker from the Southern Independent Medical Practice

Nurse Lainey Barker

Lainey joined the practice in 2017.

She trained in Truro and qualified as a nurse in 1988.  She is also a qualified midwife and accredited ultrasonographer.

Lainey has a wide range of experience, including gynecological matters and pregnancy health.  She is very keen to promote healthy life choices to ensure optimum health and longevity for her patients.

Julie Lock, Practice Manager at the Southern Independent Medical Pracitice

Julie Lock

Julie joined in September 2016 to take over the Practice Manager role.

Having previously worked in the Financial Services industry for over 30 years, she gained many valuable transferable skills and knowledge in a variety of customer service, marketing and IT roles along the way.

Beth Medical Secretary


Beth joined SIMP in January 2015, initially working in the busy reception team and she then took over the role of Medical Secretary in September 2020.

Beth has a wealth of secretarial experience and a broad range of administration skills gained in various different sectors over her career.

Have you considered our convenient payment plan scheme?

Caring private healthcare at an affordable price – our payment plans include:

  • Full GP service with unlimited appointments
  • Unhurried consultations in a safe & confidential environment
  • Access to urgent out of hours GP advice
  • Regular health screening
  • Convenient appointment times
  • Private or NHS referrals
  • In-house dispensary

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