Dr Margaret A Scargill

BSc (hons), MPhil, MBChB (London/Leeds) MRCGP (96), Cert Palliative Care.

Dr Scargill was born and raised in Barnsley. She attended Bank End Primary School and Worsbrough High School, Ardsley Road. After leaving school she attended Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam) and gained her first degree BSc. (hons) in Applied Sciences. Her postgraduate Masters degree (by research) was taken at Sheffield University.

She attended St Bartholomew’s medical college in London for her pre-clinical years and completed her clinical training in Leeds. Dr Scargill trained to be a GP on the Barnsley Vocational Training scheme and joined Ashville as a partner in 1996.

She lives locally and is married to a Barnsley man and they have twin sons.

Dr Scargills interests are dermatology, minor surgery and she is the lead palliative care doctor for the practice.


Dr Debra Ainsworth

BSc(hons), MBChB with honours (Sheffield 2002), MRCS (2006), DFSRH (2008), nMRCGP (2009)

Dr Ainsworth was born and raised in Bolton, Lancashire and attended her local primary and comprehensive schools. After leaving school she attended Leeds University and gained her first degree BSc (hons) in Microbiology and Zoology. She then attended Sheffield Medical School graduating in 2002. 

She initially pursued a career in surgery obtaining MRCS in 2006. However her interests changed and she joined the Rotherham vocational training scheme and qualified as a GP in 2009. She has worked as a salaried GP in the Barnsley area since qualification and joined Ashville in 2011 as a partner. 

Dr Ainsworth is a GP Trainer. Her other interests include minor surgery, joint injections, women’s health and family planning. She is qualified to fit and remove contraceptive implants and coils. She also has an interest in paediatrics and palliative care.  


Dr Andrew Mills (m)


Dr Mills was born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland and grew up as the youngest of six children. In 2001 he moved to England to study medicine at Cambridge, where he married Meera. They moved to Kendray in 2010 and then out to Goldthorpe in 2020 where he helps lead a church.

He joined Ashville Medical Practice as a registrar in August 2012 and then became a partner in August 2013.

Dr Mills enjoys the variety of general practice and he has particular interests in men’s health, adolescent health, dementia care, vertigo and paediatrics. He has extra qualifications in surgery, joint injections and substance misuse and has worked in Barnsley Hospice and the CoVID clinic.  He and Dr Gibbins train final year medical students from Sheffield University at Ashville.  


Dr James Pringle

Dr Pringle was born in Stafford. He studied medicine at Sheffield University where he met his wife who was studying on the same course. He joined the Barnsley Vocational training scheme in 2011 and after completing his training he joined Ashville Medical Practice in August 2014 as a salaried GP. Dr Pringle became a GP Partner on 1st August 2015. 


Dr George Cooke

MBChB, MRCGP, BSC                                                                                                             

Dr Cooke grew up and attended high school in Liverpool. Having headed over the Snake Pass in 2001 to complete his degree in Physiotherapy in Sheffield, he hasn't looked back. He stayed in Sheffield to study medicine, graduating in 2010. His professional life drew him to Barnsley, and having developed a fondness for her folk, he decided to base his career here as a GP partner at Ashville. He lives in Sheffield with his wife and two boys where he enjoys just being a dad.

Dr Cooke

Dr Alexander Gibbins

Dr Gibbins graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2011. After enjoying his Barnsley based GP training with the final year at Ashville, he joined as a Partner in September 2016.  Originally from Lancashire, with strong family roots in Yorkshire, he enjoys living in Sheffield.

His interests include Cardiovascular and Men's Health, Elderly Care Medicine and Palliative Care


Dr Gregory Leary


Dr Leary studied Medicine in Bristol before moving to Yorkshire to work as a doctor. He then carried out work in different medical and surgical specialties in New Zealand for a year before deciding to become a GP and joining the Barnsley General Practice training scheme. He spent his final year in the scheme at Ashville Medical Practice before joining as a Partner in October 2018. He lives with his wife who is also a GP in the local area.



Dr Sarah Messenger


Dr Messenger was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire where she attended her local primary and comprehensive school. She moved to Birmingham to attend University and gained her Bsc (hons) in Biochemistry with Molecular and Cell Biology in 1996. She then moved to Sheffield to complete a PhD in Molecular Biology and worked as a research scientist with the haematology group at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. She returned to university in 2004 to study medicine at Hull York Medical School and qualified in 2009. She joined the Sheffield vocational training scheme and qualified as a General Practitioner in 2014. Before joining Ashville as a partner in September 2019 she was a partner at a practice in the North of Sheffield. Dr Messenger is training to become a GP trainer and her other interests include dermatology, joint injections, musculoskeletal problems and child health.


Dr Maria Wrest

MRCGP, MBBS, BSc (Hons) University of Newcastle

Dr Wrest was born and raised in Worsbrough, Barnsley. She studied at the University of Newcastle and since qualifying as a GP she has worked locally at Darfield and Brierley. Most recently she was the Regional Lead GP for the prisons covering all 9 prisons across Yorkshire.

Dr Wrest has a particular interest in Dermatology and also does aesthetics in her spare time


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