Carnon Downs Surgery - Training Practice

Carnon Downs Surgery is an accredited Training Practice which means that we meet the high standards of clinical care set by the Peninsula Deanery to teach medical students and qualified doctors in their foundation and specialist years. You may be asked to see one of them and your agreement ensures that our future doctors get the necessary experience and are well trained. All learners are closely supervised by one of our permanent GPs.  The GP Registrars are fully qualified doctors and have a great deal of medical experience. They are attached to the practice for up to 12 months and usually become general practitioners after completing their training.  As part of their final training they are encouraged to seek advice when required from the practice doctors.

The GP Registrars are required to produce video recordings of some of their consultations as part of their training. We may occasionally request your consent to video these consultations to be used in general practice training. Please be assured you can decline to participate at any time with no prejudice to your care.  However, we would stress that all aspects of general practice, including training, are governed by rules of strict confidentiality and no examinations are filmed.


Dr Linda Simpson

MB BS 1991 DRCOG 1994 MRCGP 1995 (Newcastle) Dip Family Planning MSc Palliative Care Dip Therapeutics

Dr Simpson trained in Newcastle Upon Tyne and qualified as a GP in 1991 and joined the practice here in 2000, she then became a partner in 2007 and Senior Partner in April 2017.  She continued her GP training by working in Cumbria and then spent 5 years in Glasgow before relocating to Cornwall. Dr Simpson is also one of the Training Programme Directors for the Cornwall GP Training Scheme and has a special interest in Palliative Medicine. She is married to a hospital Consultant and they have 2 young adults, they all love the outdoors, walking, cycling and skiing and spending time together.

Dr Paul J. Cook

MB BCh(Wales)1995 Dip Paediatrics 1998(New Zealand) MRCGP 2002

Dr Cook trained and qualified as a doctor in Cardiff in 1995. His GP training continued in South Wales (including 18 months spent working in New Zealand) and was completed in 2000.  He came to Cornwall in 2001 and joined this practice in 2009 and then became a partner in 2010. He has a special interest in improving the Mental Health Services throughout Cornwall. When he does get time to relax he enjoys abstract art and visiting galleries.


Dr Kate F Embling

MB BS 1998, DRCOG 2001, MRCGP 2002, Dip Family Planning 2002

Dr Embling joined the practice in January 2014 and trained in London at St George's Hospital Medical School.  She subsequently moved to Plymouth where she trained and qualified as a GP in 2003.  She worked in Devon as a GP and as a part-time Staff Grade Psychiatrist in Plymouth until the birth of her daughter in 2009 when she relocated to Cornwall.  She is married to a hospital consultant and they have two young children, they all enjoy the great cornish outdoors whilst Dr Embling loves to run by the coast.  She also loves a good book and good food including a spot of baking when time allows.

Dr Gabriel Teff

MB BS (St George's) 2004, MRCGP 2009, DRCOG 2007, DFFP 2007, MA(Cantab), BSc 1995

Dr Teff trained at St George's in London, studying on the postgraduate programme, and qualified as a doctor in 2004, when he started work in Plymouth.  He moved from there to Truro and completed his GP training at Bodriggy Surgery in Hayle in 2009.  Dr Teff joined our practice at the start of 2014.  He is married and has two young children, who seem to take up most of his time.  With his free time he enjoys reading, pottering around in the garden and following Liverpool Football Club.

Dr Matthew Cuff

BMBS (Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry) MRCGP 2016

Dr Cuff trained at Peninsula Medical School studying in Plymouth and Exeter, and qualified as a doctor in 2011.  He started work in Treliske Hospital in 2011 before starting GP training in Cornwall.  He completed his GP training at Fowey River Practice in 2016, staying on as a GP before moving to Carnon Downs.  Dr Cuff joined the practice at the start of April 2017, he is married and has a young family who keep him very busy.  With his free time he enjoys sailing, being outdoors and cooking, whilst keeping an eye on the cricket .

Dr Rebecca Hyatt

BMBS (Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry)

Dr Hyatt was our new GP Registrar for 2019/20 and has joined the practice as a regular locum for the next few months. Dr Hyatt trained at Peninsula Medical School studying in Exeter, Plymouth and Truro and qualified in 2011.  She worked at Treliske Hospital before starting her GP training in Brighton.  After the arrival of her second child she relocated back to Cornwall.  She is married with two young children and with her spare time she enjoys the coast, the countryside and spending time with her family.

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