Statement of Purpose

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (The Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009 Part 4), the registering body (Thornhills Medical Practice) is required to provide to the Care Quality Commission a statement of purpose.

The name and address of the registered provider is Thornhills Medical Practice Larkfield Health Centre, Martin Square, Larkfield, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 6QJ.

01732 849980


CQC Registered manager: Dr Robert Gilmore

Practice manager: Mrs Julie Gorner


Thornhills Medical Practice is a partnership. 

There are seven partners:

Dr Robert Gilmore

Dr Claire Cochrane-Dyet

Dr Dylan Le

Dr Graham Mitchell

Dr Mary Jauregui

Dr Fred Pink

Dr Nishanthi Gunasekera


Other regular GPs:

Dr Lindsay Dean

Dr Carolyn Sands

Dr Afam Nwokocha


The practice is a GP surgery located 6 miles from Maidstone in Kent. 

The practice is based in Larkfield Health Centre, which provides a wide range of medical and community services for the local population. There is ample parking in the car park adjacent to the practice, including bays for the disabled. There is easy access for wheelchairs, lifts and assisted toilet facilities. 

We are a training practice, which means that we have GP registrars, who are fully qualified doctors undertaking extra training to qualify as a general practitioner. We may also have Foundation Year 2 doctors, student nurses and medical students on placement at various times.

The practice team are committed to delivering the highest standard of medical care and providing a friendly service.


Our Aims and Objectives

  • Continue to strive to provide our patients with a high standard of personalised care, treatment and advice in a friendly and supportive environment which is clean, safe, and conducive to high quality patient care.
  • Treat our patients fairly, equally, and with dignity and respect.
  • Listen, communicate and collaborate with our patients effectively.
  • Respond quickly and pro-actively to any concerns patients may have about the service they receive from us and operate a robust complaints system.
  • Involve other professionals in the care of our patients where it is in the patients best interests; i.e. referring for specialist care and advice.
  • Work with other local health and social care organisations in improving the healthcare of our patients.
  • Work with local practices to offer a team approach to healthcare to ensure that services, resources and skills available are used to the advantage of our patients and local population.
  • Work jointly with our Patient Reference Group to communicate change, receive constructive feedback and to encourage their input into service development.
  • Ensure that all members of the practice team have the right skills and training to carry out their duties competently.
  • Create an educational environment, where our staff promote and share learning amongst themselves.
  • Maintain a supportive, fulfilling and rewarding working environment for all.
  • Encourage personal development to our staff through regular and effective appraisal and educational events.
  • Invest in our staff providing proactive development opportunities across the teams.
  • Listen to our staff and patients; value comments, suggestions and contributions.
  • Embrace new opportunities
  • Project a positive professional image of ourselves both within and outside the Practice.

The registered activities and service types have been agreed by Thornhills Medical Practice in accordance with CQC guidance.  


CQC Regulated Activities

  • Diagnostic and screening procedures
  • Maternity and midwifery services
  • Surgical procedures
  • Treatment of disease, disorder or injury
  • Family planning services

Updated - May 2022