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We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic which is being held on Saturday 23rd September.

We are also holding a shingles/flu clinic for those of you who are eligible for both vaccines on 23rd September.

Please contact reception on 01271 329004 to check whether you are eligible and to make an appointment.


Thank you to our patients who completed the national patient survey for Brannam Medical Centre. We have now received the results and would like to share these with you. Please click here to view the results.


We use a messaging system called MJOG which allows us to contact our patients by text and voice message. We have been using this to invite our patients in for their seasonal flu vaccinations, chronic disease recalls and also for appointment reminders.

We would like to make our patients aware that if you receive a voice message starting 'This is a message from Brannam Medical Centre' it is a genuine message from us and please listen to the message all the way through and you will be able to respond.

If you do not wish to receive messages in this way, please contact the reception team.

National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care

Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Please click here for more information.


Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.


Dr Louise Bond - Partner

GMC Number - 6029217Louise

Louise graduated from Imperial Medical School (previously Charing Cross and Westminster), in 2001 having also achieved a BSc. in Physiology.  She always planned to become a GP and moved to Barnstaple in 2002.  Louise has an interest in women’s health and runs a women’s health clinic on Monday mornings, open to all female patients in the practice.  Louise job shares with Dr. Smit and is supported by Julie and Tracey in reception.  Outside of work Louise enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing with her friends. She is also married to another local GP.

Dr Tim Chesworth - Partner


GMC Number 4500092

After graduating from Bristol University in 1998, Tim initially trained in general surgery before finally seeing the light, and changing to general practice. Tim is currently the executive or managing partner, supporting our practice manager in strategic planning and the day to day running of the practice. He also represents the practice at the Barnstaple Alliance, The North Devon GP forum and the North and East Devon Local Medical Committee. Tim is supported by his receptionists Corinne and Julia.

Outside of work Tim enjoys keeping fit by swimming, cycling and running.


Dr Melanie Deacon - Partner


GMC Number 6051351

mel.jpgAfter graduating from Southampton in 2002, Mel embarked on her GP training, working in the Southwest of England and Australia. She joined Brannam in 2008 for her registrar year and continued with the team becoming a salaried doctor. In September 2010 she started a partnership as a job share with Dr Ben Waterfall. As research lead for the practice Mel supports the involvement of patient and staff in multiple studies via the National Institute for Health Research and Clinical Research Network. Both Dr Deacon and Dr Waterfall are both supported by their part time receptionists Steph and Julia.

Outside of work Mel enjoys surfing, cycling and spending time with her husband and young daughters.

Dr Fiona Duncan - Partner


GMC Number  6156736

Fiona graduated from Cardiff in 2007 and joined Brannams in March 2016 working with us as a GP Retainer. From October Fiona now job shares with Dr. Anna Marquiss and is supported by their receptionist Rene. Since April 2020 Fiona started a partnership as a job share with Dr. Marquiss.

Dr Oliver Hassall - Partner


GMC Number 4331672

Oliver_Hassall.JPGOliver did a zoology degree before studying medicine and trained as a GP in Liverpool and South Molton.  He has worked overseas and most recently he and his family lived in Kenya for 3 years while he was doing a PhD. Oliver maintains his interests in public health and research and is still involved in research projects in Africa. He is an honorary Senior Lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Oliver became a partner at the Practice in 2014 and has his own patient list. 

Outside of work, Oliver enjoys doing active things outdoors.

Dr Anna Marquiss - Partner

(MBChB, Bsc (Hons), PG Cert, MRCGP)

GMC Number 7013710

Dr Anna Marquiss

Dr Edward Matthews - Partner


GMC Number 6130011

DSCN0022_1.jpgEd graduated from London in 2005 and joined the practice in September 2010 providing locum cover. He has since become a partner at Brannam and is supported by his receptionist Kerry.

Outside of work Ed is never happier than when demolishing and rebuilding part of his home. He enjoys cooking for his hungry family, often having just marched them about the beautiful North Devon countryside. The household has recently been joined by three exceptionally demanding and spoilt ex-battery chickens.

Dr Amy Parkinson - Partner


GMC Number 7130345

After graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2011, Amy worked as an A&E registrar in Australia for a couple of years. Amy then completed her GP training in North Devon, and has additional postgraduate qualifications in Paediatrics, Teaching and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. She joined Brannam in 2017 for her registrar year, and was employed as a Partner in 2018. Amy is supported by her full time receptionist Whitney.

Outside of work Amy enjoys travelling, swimming, reading, Crossfit, kayaking and walking through the Devonshire countryside. She can often be found on the beach, cycling along the Tarka trail, in the gym with some weights or in her library with the cat!

Dr Suzanne Smit - Partner


GMC Number 4582296

Suzanne graduated from university in South Africa in 1998 and joined our busy team in October 2010. She job shares with Dr Louise Bond and is supported by part time receptionists Julie and Tracey. Suzanne specialises in women’s health, obesity and ENT.

Outside of work Suzanne enjoys running, hiking, reading and watching rugby. She is married to a GP and they have two children.

Dr Iain Stewart- Partner


GMC Number 3453388

Iain graduated from Glasgow in 1990 and specialises in Dementia, COPD and Palliative care, he is also a GP trainer. Iain is supported in his role by his receptionist Rebecca.

Outside of work Iain is our very own 'marathon man' frequently disappearing to compete in a cast of thousands in London or New York.

Dr Sarah Street - Partner

(BSc MB/BChir MRCGP)Sarah

GMC Number 6163124

Sarah was brought up in Barnstaple and went on to study Biochemistry at Sheffield University. She then worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 4 years before deciding on a career change into medicine. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2007 and completed her GP training in the Bath area. Now married with 2 young children she has made the move back to North Devon to be nearer family and the sea.

Sarah job shares with Dr Jackie Tolhurst and both are supported by their receptionist Amanda.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and children as well as trying to keep fit through surfing and running with her dog.

Dr Jackie Tolhurst - Partner


GMC Number 3139635

Jackie graduated from Edinburgh in 1986, then worked in Scotland for 4 years before taking a career break to have her children. Jackie went on to train as a GP, qualifying in 1996, and was a full-time GP Partner for 16 years in South East London. She was also a GP trainer and family planning trainer.

Jackie joined Brannams in 2014 and became a Partner in 2016. She job-shares with Dr Sarah Street. Jackie is supported by her receptionist Amanda. 

She enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, gardening, walking and playing her guitar.

Dr B Waterfall - Partner

(BMediSci BMBS MRCGP DipPractDerm) 

GMC Number 4717621

Dr_Ben_Waterfall.jpgBen graduated from Nottingham in 2000 and joined our team as a locum in 2008. He began one of the GP Partners in 2010. Ben job shares his role with Dr Melanie Deacon and are both supported by Steph and Julia, their part-time receptionists.

Outside of work Ben enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and three children. When not engaged in family life he remains a keen rock climber, squash player and cyclist.

Dr Zoe Carlino - Salaried GP


GMC Number 6159127

Zoe graduated from Sheffield University in 2007 and joined Brannam Medical Centre in August 2018 working as a Salaried GP.

Dr Clare Hollister -GP Retainer


GMC Number  6102905

Clare graduated from Bristol Medical School in 2004 and has postgraduate diplomas in Family planning, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She worked abroad in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa before qualifying as a GP in 2013 and settling down in North Devon with her young family.

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