Whitchurch Village Practice
Dr Gareth Hayes, Dr Catherine Davies, Dr Niamh MacConnell

The Partners

Drs Hayes, Davies & McConnell work together in a Partnership (not a Limited company) and employ Dr Brew and Dr Darby as assistants.

Dr Gareth Hayes (M) BSc(Hons) MBBCh (Wales 1982) MRCP MRCGP

Dr Catherine Davies (F) MBBCh (Wales 1990) DFFP MRCGP

Dr Niamh McConnell (F) MBBCh (Dublin 1997) DRCOG DCH MRCGP

Assistant Doctor

Dr Elinor Brew (F) MBChB (Birmingham 1981) MRCGP MFFP DA DPD

The Doctors

Dr Gareth Hayes (M) BSc(Hons) MBBCh (Wales 1982) MRCP MRCGP

Part-Time Principal

Dr Hayes trained in Cardiff with a special interest in Diabetes; then moved to Essex and Buckinghamshire to further his training as a physician. Having passed his professional exams (MRCP) he realised that he wanted to be a GP. After extended training, he returned to Cardiff taking up this post in 1989.

In addition to General Practice, Dr Hayes is the Director of Primary Care Clinical Governance for Cardiff & Vale university Health Board. This takes 3 sessions a week.

  1. Dr Hayes has a recognised interest in Mental Health and gives second opinions regarding sectioning under the MHA when requested.
  2. He is Medical Advisor to the Welsh National Opera, local musicians and other performing artists; being available for medical opinion as part of a charitable organisation British Association of Performing Arts Medicine.
  3. He is also accredited to provide Shared Care for stable Methadone users, which allows short circuit access to the Community Addiction Team.

In the past, he has been Medical Secretary to BroTaf LMC and before this an Independent Medical Advisor to Bro Taf Health Authority and Chair of North Cardiff Local Advisory Group.

Dr Hayes has an interest in deaf awareness and is currently learning sign language. His medical interests include: diabetes, mental health, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and terminal care.


Dr Catherine Davies (F) MBBCh (Wales 1990) DFFP MRCPGP

Part-Time Principal

Dr Davies was brought up in Whitchurch and attended Whitchurch High School. She qualified at the University of Wales College of Medicine. She did her general practice training in West Wales and returned to Cardiff to work in a number of additional specialities to broaden her knowledge.

She has a special interest in medical education and was a tutor for the Department of General Practice, University Wales College of Medicine before becoming an Honorary Lecturer.

Dr Davies has a special interest in women's health and ENT and is also accredited to provide Shared Care for stable Methadone users, which allows short circuit access to the Community Addiction Team.


Dr Niamh McConnell (F) MBBCh (Dublin 1997) DRCOG DCH MRCGP

Part-Time Principal

Dr McConnell trained at Trinity College, Dublin and then moved to the UK to train as a G.P. She joined the practice in May 2004. She enjoys the varied role of general practice but also has an interest in palliative care.


Dr Elinor Brew (F) MBChB (Birmingham 1981) MRCGP MFFP DA DPD

Assistant Doctor

Joined the practice in 2001 on the GP Retainer Scheme. Before this Dr Brew was a partner in Warwickshire for seven years and also in Cardiff for five years. She has been a GP trainer and also family planning trainer. She has special interests in dermatology, women's health and family planning.

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