Doctors and other Health Care Professionals

GP Partners,  Other Doctors & health care professionals

Rush Hill & Weston consists of the partnership of Dr Oertel, Dr Thompson and  Dr Jacobs. We are also very fortunate to have Dr Andrew Fountain,  Dr Diana Rodrigues and Dr James Cook, plus other health care professionals working as part of the clinical team.

As a training practice, we also have doctors in training working as an integral part of the team. You can read more about doctors in training below.

Usual Doctor

We pride ourselves on high levels of personal care and strong doctor patient relationships. We encourage patients to adopt a ‘usual doctor’, as this enhances your continuity of care with the practice and suggest you make an appointment with this doctor when attending wherever possible.

Newly registered patients will be allocated a ‘usual doctor’.

At Rush Hill Surgery the main doctors are : Dr Joerg Oertel, Dr Andrew Fountain, Dr Victoria Jacobs and Dr James Cook

At Weston Surgery the main doctors are: Dr Joerg Oertel, Dr Andrew Fountain, Dr Lizzie Thompson,  Dr Diana Rodrigues and Dr James Cook.

We are a training practice and normally have a doctor in training at both sites, whom are working under the supervision of one of the regular GP’s.

GP Partners

Dr Joerg Oertel
SEM (Germany) 1989, MRCGP. GMC No: 4130187

Dr Oertel sees patients at both Rush Hill and Weston sites.
After completing medical school in Berlin, Germany, he came to the UK in 1994.
After years of hospital work in medicine and oncology, Dr Oertel changed to General Practice and joined the Rush Hill & Weston Surgery in 2004.
He has been a partner since March 2006 and is enthusiastic about most aspects of primary care. Dr Oertel’s special interests are chest medicine and oncology. He has been a GP trainer since 2008.
Dr Oertel is the surgery CQC Registered Manager.


Dr Lizzie Thompson
BM Hons 2005 Southampton DFSRH. GMC No: 6129703

Dr Thompson is primarily based at Weston Surgery.
Dr Thompson studied medicine at the University of Southampton and graduated in 2005. She grew up in the Chew Valley, and was drawn back to the local area to complete her GP training in Bath.
Dr Thompson thrives on being the “generalist”, enjoying the variety of her work, and the privilege of being a GP.
Most of her time outside of work is consumed by looking after her boy/girl twins, who are very busy and lots of fun! But when she does get a chance she enjoys walking, reading, music, theatre and travelling.

Dr Victoria Jacobs
MB ChB 1998 Liverpool. GMC No: 4542195

Dr Jacobs is originally from the Liverpool area, and completed her initial medical training there.
Dr Jacobs is primarily based at Rush Hill. 
When not busy at work, Dr Jacobs spends her time trying to tire our her young children and energetic dog!

Other Doctors at the Surgeries

Dr Andrew Fountain
MB BS 1994 London. GMC No: 4111854

Dr Fountain sees patients at both Rush Hill and Weston sites.
Dr Fountain went to medical school at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London.
He graduated in 1994. Then came to Bath in 1995 and decided to stay!
He enjoys being a GP for the variety it offers and getting to know people.
His main hobbies and interests are Hill Walking, Sport, Cooking, Gardening including his child and wife free allotment!


Dr Diana Rodrigues                                                                                                                                 MBChB (Hons) 2009 Edinburgh BSc (Hons) MRCGP (2016)

Dr Rodrigues studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, as well as spending a year at Leeds University studying International Health, and graduated in 2009.  She moved to Bristol to undertake her foundation training and completed her GP training in Bath, some time of which was spent at Weston Surgery.

Dr Rodrigues is primarily based at Weston Surgery.

She enjoys all aspects of General Practice, in particular the variety it brings. She also spends time regularly teaching medical students.

When not at work, she is kept very busy with her three boys and the family allotment.

Dr James Cook

MRCGP (2021)  BMBS 2013 University of Nottingham

James studied medicine at the University of Nottingham. He moved to London to undertake foundation training and subsequently worked in orthopaedics and general surgery. He completed general practice training in East London after gaining further training in care of the elderly, paediatrics, and psychiatry.

James is primarily based at Rush Hill Surgery and values all aspects of general practice. He enjoys cycling, watching Bath play rugby and hopes to attend a Bath F.C. game soon!


Other Health Care professionals

Lucy Juffkins  (First contact Physiotherapist)

A first contact physiotherapist (FCP) is an experienced physiotherapist who has the advanced skills necessary to assess, diagnose and recommend appropriate treatment or referral for musculoskeletal (MSK) problems on a patient’s first contact with healthcare services e.g. when they visit their GP surgery.

Patients with MSK complaints can be booked in to see an FCP by a GP receptionist, GP or online. An FCP offers expert MSK assessment and diagnosis, however, is also integrated within the multi-disciplinary team in each GP practice. If appropriate, an FCP may prescribe a programme of exercises, refer for blood tests or X-ray, administer steroid injections, or refer a patient to an appropriate secondary health service e.g. rheumatology or orthopaedics.

Patients with MSK conditions can bypass the appointment with a GP, and go straight to get help with a specialist physiotherapist. This makes wait and recovery times shorter, frees up GP appointments, and reduces the need for medication.


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