Doctors and Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Dr Carla Rowe
MBChB DRCOG DFFP MRCGP
Born in 1970 I qualified in 1993 from Birmingham Medical School. After working in various hospitals in the Midlands, I spent some time working in Accident & Emergency in New Zealand. On returning to the UK I moved down to Cornwall and have been a GP in the county since 1997. I run the young persons clinic with Karen Morris, and am a trainer for our GP Registrars. I am married and live near Truro. Outside of work I am kept busy looking after our 2 energetic young children. When not providing a taxi service to various school and social activities I love to escape for long walks with our black Labrador Jess. I enjoy dealing with the wide variety of problems encountered in General Practice and feel privileged to be part of such an enthusiastic and caring primary care team. My areas of special interest are young persons services, contraception and sexual health.
Dr Benjamin Penfold
Having completed my medical school training in Cornwall, it was clear to me that Cornwall is an amazing place to live, and this is where I wanted to settle. I qualified from Peninsula Medical School in 2008. After graduating, I completed my junior doctor years at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and West Cornwall Hospital. I briefly left Cornwall to get some A&E experience in New Zealand prior to returning to Cornwall to train as a GP. After a brief spell of being a locum I was lucky enough to join Rosmellyn Surgery in 2016. Although I really enjoy the variety of being a GP, I particularly enjoy sports injury, mental health and the complexity of chronic disease management. Within Rosmellyn, I perform minor procedures for our patients and work alongside Addaction in managing drug addiction. Along with Dr Rowe, I also train GP trainees that are placed within our surgery. Alongside working at Rosmellyn I currently work one day a week in the Urgent Treatment Centre at West Cornwall Hospital managing acute injuries and illness. When not at work, I try to get out and enjoy the Cornish coast and sea, depending on what the weather and tides allow....
Dr Katrin Tunstall
I qualified from Cardiff University in 2011. Having grown up in West Cornwall, I knew I wanted to return to here to live and work. I worked in North Devon for two years to complete my foundation training as a junior doctor, before returning to Cornwall to train as a GP. After completing GP training, I worked as a locum GP, but missed the continuity of care and working relationships I had with my patients and team. I was thrilled to be offered a position at Rosmellyn Surgery and started working as a GP Partner in 2017. Getting to know patients and their families is such a privilege and I love the variety of General Practice. I have a particular interest in Elderly Care and Dementia, Women’s Health and Mental Health. I also work with doctors from other GP surgeries in Penwith to improve our community services. We now work from a brand new, purpose built surgery at St Clare Medical Centre, which is a fantastic environment for our staff and patients and we look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice
I did my nurse training in Cornwall and Devon and have been working in Primary care for almost 21 years. Although not a Doctor, I have been working as part of the Doctor's team as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner for the past 2 years. ANP's are trained specialist nurses who have taken extensive additional medical training at Master's level in order to provide advanced level care and to prescribe medication. They can provide treatments and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a doctor for in the past. Often you will find me on the triage desk taking phone calls, in clinic or out on home visits. I love the variety of General Practice and have particular interests in Women's Health, Respiratory Illness, Paediatrics, joint injection work and Mental Health issues. I come from Isles of Scilly but now live locally with my husband who is in the Royal Navy and our energetic 7 year old! In my spare time I love the beach, sea swimming and camping when the weather allows.
Dr Ed Schwarz
I graduated from Peninsula Medical School in 2011 and then did my Junior Doctor years across the South West, working alongside Dr Tunstall in North Devon. I then went to New Zealand where I worked as a Resident Medical officer across a variety of specialties including Emergency Department. I completed my GP training in Cornwall before taking up the role as GP Partner at Rosmellyn. I have a keen interest in medical education, having completed my PgCert Clin Ed and currently work with the Medical school. I am proud to be joining the team in the new Medical Centre and truly believe and hope we can deliver effective and safe healthcare to the population of Penzance, whilst maintaining the core values of general practice and being a 'family physician'.
Dr Susanne Wauchope
Dr Wauchope has started working back at Rosmellyn, taking over from Dr Williams who has recently retired. Dr Wauchope may be familiar to some patients as she has worked with us before as a locum GP. She will be working Thursdays and Fridays.
Born in Uganda in 1969 and brought up in the Middle East, I did my nurse training at University College and Middlesex Hospitals in London. After qualifying in 1991 I gained extensive surgical experience first in London, and then at West Cornwall Hospital. I’ve been in General Practice for 6 years and my special interests are diabetes, contraception and sexual health. I’m involved in running the young persons Drop In clinic, working to improve their access to health care by making the service as user friendly as possible. I am a qualified nurse prescriber. I love festivals, body boarding and photography.
Theresa (Terry) Cook
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2005. I have worked in General Practice since 2006 with a brief spell as a Theatre Nurse. I enjoy all aspects of the job especially wound care. I am currently studying to become a Nurse Prescriber and hope to finish this course later on in the year. I currently have two children away at university and live at home with my Husband and cat. In my spare time I like coastal walking and Zumba.
I started my Nurse training in 2009 at Plymouth University, based at the Truro Knowledge Spa Campus. When I qualified in 2013, I got a preceptee job in the Urgent Care Centre at West Cornwall Hospital. Once I had worked in the department for 2 years, I went on to complete the Minor Injury module. I practiced my skills and developed my knowledge of minor illness, acute care and emergency/resus nursing over the year and then worked as a Band 6 Emergency Nurse Practitioner for the following 3 years. I joined the Rosmellyn team as their new Practice Nurse in December 2020. I have lived in Cornwall for 20 years. I have a busy family life and spend a lot of time outdoors, going swimming in the sea, walking, trial running and exploring West Cornwall. I am very passionate about Nursing and the importance of good, holistic and consistent care. I take a lot of pride in making people feel better and look forward to developing my skills further here at Rosmellyn.
Nina joined us from the St Ives District Nurses team. She will be working on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Lucy completed her twelve month apprenticeship at the surgery and now has a full time post with us as HCA and Clinical Administrator.
Rachel has re-joined our HCA team and works Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Sophie is a part time receptionist and part time surgery Phlebotomist.
Clinical System Manager
PA to Management Team
Sophie is a part time receptionist and part time surgery Phlebotomist.
The District Nurses are based at Bellair and can be contacted on 01736 571120.
Our community matron will see people with serious chronic illnesses and try to help them look after their condition at home. She also helps with rehabilitation to home after periods in hospital for elderly, frail people.
Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse
Palliative care nurses provide support to people suffering from terminal illness, and are particular experts in dealing with symptoms such as pain and nausea. Your GP will refer you to them if she/he feels it is appropriate.
Health visitors provide support for children and their families from before birth to full time school age. Our health visitor can be contacted on 01736 571100 and on facebook at HealthVisitorsCornwall
The midwife team base themselves at West Cornwall Hospital. They will support you through all stages of your pregnancy. If you are newly pregnant or need to contact them, please call the midwives on 01736 874180.