Doctors

Callington Health Centre

Dr Iain Chorlton BSc (Hons) MBBS MRC GP
Iain grew up in Cornwall and has been a GP since 2007. After qualifying in London in 1993, he initially worked in East Lancashire before moving back to Cornwall in 2002. He currently works two days a week for Tamar Valley Health and two days a week as Chair for the Clinical Commissioning Group. Iain is married with 3 children, lives high up on Bodmin Moor and his family are short break foster carers. He is personally involved with a small national charity working in Tanzania (The Friends of Urambo and Mwanhala) supporting schools and health centres.

Iain’s usual working days are Thursday and Friday.

Dr Jennifer Early BM MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH DPD
Jennifer qualified in Southampton in 1996 and joined Tamar Valley Health in 2002. In addition to her role as a GP within the Practice, Jennifer also works as a clinical director for Launceston and Tamar Valley Primary Care Network. Within the Practice she is closely involved with chronic disease management, quality improvement and the GP Quality and Outcomes Framework. She has undertaken extra study into skin disease and contraception to further enhance her role. She is a GP trainer and provides mentoring and clinical support to various members of the primary care team.

Jennifer’s usual working days for patient-facing care are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesdays and Fridays are reserved for management work and maintaining personal fitness.

Dr Alison Farr BSc (Hons) MBBS MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH
Alison qualified in 1990 from University College London and as a GP in 1994. She first joined Tamar Valley Health in 1994 and became a partner in 2003. She is responsible for Children and Adult Safeguarding, Palliative Care, Immunisations, Contraceptive Care including the provision of intrauterine devices and implants and sexual health. She also manages Tic Tac, the teenage information and advice service held daily at Callington Community College. In addition, she is the practice representative at the East Cornwall Locality Meeting for the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group. Married with two grown up children, Alison enjoys walking her chocolate Labrador, cycling and a bit of jogging.

Alison’s usual working days are Tuesday and Friday.

Dr David Harris BSc (Hons) PhD MB.ChB (Hons) MRCGP DFSRH MSc
David qualified in Manchester in 1994. He went on to complete a Ph.D in Biochemistry and a M.B Ch.B (Hons) and Masters in Evidence Based Health Care. He joined Tamar Valley Health in 2013. He is particularly interested in Research in Medicine and chronic disease management. David enjoys living in the West Country.

David’s usual working days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He works at both health centres.

Dr Helen Morrison BSc MB ChB MRCP DRCOG MRCGP
Helen qualified as a doctor from Bristol University in 1997. She spent time working in Australia before returning to work at Derriford for two years doing a medical rotation. She trained as a GP in Winchester and qualified as a GP in 2004. Helen joined Tamar Valley Health as an Associate GP in September 2014. She has particular interests in both chronic medical conditions and elderly care medicine.

Helen’s usual working days are Monday all day, Tuesday morning and Thursday morning.

Dr Rhiannon Starks BMBCh (BA Hons)

Rhiannon is currently on maternity leave.

Dr Samer Darwich MD FRCS
Qualified University of Damascus, Syria 1986.

‘Sammy’, as he likes to be known, qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2000 and then trained as a GP in Dorset before becoming a partner at a practice in Devon in 2006. Sammy intends to continue his involvement in training medical students and junior doctors at Tamar Valley Health. In his spare time he is a keen football fan and enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Sammy’s usual working days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Gunnislake Health Centre

Dr David Harris BSc (Hons) PhD MB.ChB (Hons) MRCGP DFSRH MSc
David qualified in Manchester in 1994. He went on to complete a Ph.D in Biochemistry and a M.B Ch.B (Hons) and Masters in Evidence Based Health Care. He joined Tamar Valley Health in 2013. He is particularly interested in Research in Medicine and chronic disease management. David enjoys living in the West Country.

David’s usual working days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He works at both health centres.

Dr Suzanne Porter MBChB BSc DRCOG DFSRH
Suzanne qualified from St Andrews in 1992 and then went on to undertake clinical training at Manchester and qualified MBChB in 1995. During her last year at St Andrews she joined the Royal Navy, and on qualification as a doctor in 1995 went on to serve full time on 5 ships and several shore bases around the UK until November 2008. She then went on to be a GP Locum for 5 years before joining Tamar Valley Health in 2013. Although a true generalist GP, Suzanne’s area of interest is palliative care. In her spare time she enjoys sailing, yacht racing, walking, photography, cooking and cake decorating and sugar craft.

Suzanne’s usual working days are Tuesday and Thursday.

Dr Emma Blundy MBChB MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH
Emma graduated from Leicester University in 2002 and qualified as a GP in 2006. She moved to the South West in 2011 and joined Tamar Valley Health in 2012 as an Associate GP. Emma has a particular interest in medical education and also works for Plymouth University helping in the training of medical students. Outside of work Emma enjoys spending time with her young family and being involved in her local church.

Emma’s usual working days are Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dr Michelle Raspa MBBCh, DRCOG, MRCGP

Michelle’s usual working days are Monday, Thursday and Friday (mornings only).

Dr Sarah Gilbert MBChB, DFFP, DRCOG, MRGCP

Sarah’s working day is Monday each week.