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.


Joanna Lawrence


Joanna is our Clinical Pharmacist, she joined the team in September 2017 having previously worked at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. She qualified in 1991 and obtained her Independent Prescribing Certificate in 2016.

Community Midwives

Louisa Tompkins


Our community midwife provides full ante-natal and post-natal care for mothers, their partners and babies. This clinic is held at the surgery on Wednesday afternoons. Please see our 'Services and Clinics' page for further information on how to contact our midwife or the maternity support team.

Community Nurses

Mrs Tammy Etherington

Tammy Etherington is our Community Matron and helps us provide care for elderly patients with complex health and social needs.She assess patients in their own home  and Tammy works very closely with the GP's here at the surgery and liases with the District Nursing Team,the Department of Adult Care and Support (previously Social Services) and various departments and colleagues in Secondary Care.

Community Nursing Team

Our Community Nurses provide nursing care at home for those unable to visit the surgery as well as assessments of needs, planning and implementation of care and provision of aids and equipment. They liaise very closely with our GP's, the Department of Adult Care & Support and our Community Matron. The Community Nursing Team can be contacted on 01872 221118 , however you can leave a message for any of the nurses at our reception.

Tracey Waters leads our team and pictured with her here at the surgery are Mandy Begg and Julie Cadwell.

Mr Saul Ridley

Saul Ridley is one of our Specialist Palliative Care Nurses and their team signpost and integrate with other healthcare professional to offer practical and emotional support at home for those with terminal illness and their family. They liaise very closely with the Community Nursing Team and the GP's here at the surgery.  The team can be contacted on 01208 251300.

Attached Staff

Mr Daniel Lawrence

Daniel joined the practice in 2017 with 11 years experience working in a broad variety of settings from elderly care to sport.  Daniel qualified from Leeds Becket University in 2006 and has Post Graduate qualifications from Middlesex and Plymouth Universities in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Education.  Daniel runs his clinics here on a Tuesday afternoon, Thursday all day and a Friday afternoon.

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