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.


Mrs Sarah Truen

Sarah Truen is the Lead Nurse here at Carnon Downs Surgery.  She qualified in 2002 at Southampton University and spent a year working there in the Cardiac High Dependency Unit.  Sarah moved back to Cornwall in 2005 having travelled throughout various countries including being an Au Pair in the USA.  Since moving back she has worked at Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske on various wards and the last four years have been spent working on the Coronary Care Unit.  She also gained a BSC Honours Degree in Healthcare at Plymouth University.  Sarah is married with two young children and loves to spend time outside getting lots of fresh air.

Mrs Jackie Slater

Jackie SlaterJackie joined the practice nursing team in 2004. She qualified as a RGN in 1987 from Leeds General Hospital.  She specialises in diabetes and wound care management and she is actively involved in our services for Young People. She has 3 grown up children and her hobbies include walking, gardening and the theatre. She has also taught English in Spain and likes to travel.

Mrs Caroline Tonkin


Caroline joined the practice in January 2016 having recently worked in the Oncology Department in RCH Treliske.  Caroline qualified from the University of Plymouth in 2008,  and spent the following 8 years in Oncology and Haematology.  She is married and has a toddler and 2 teenage stepchildren, she loves walking her dog Hardy around the cliffs all over Cornwall.  Her most favourite thing to do is to sit down with a good book and read the day away,  but not much of that happens these days!

Mrs Kathy James

Kathy joined the practice as a receptionist in 2001. She trained as a Phlebotomist and completed her NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care in 2006. However in July 2009 she completed her Foundation Degree in Science at the University of Plymouth and she is now our Assistant Practioner. Kathy is married and has two children, she is extremely fit and loves nothing more than going for a 20 mile cycle on her afternoon off. In fact she has completed the John O'Groats to Lands End Challenge and climbed to the peak of Kilimanjaro, on both occasions with her sister to raise needed funds for the local Hospice Charity.

Healthcare Assistants

Mrs Georgina Williams

Georgina is our Healthcare Assistant and started work here in May 2014.  She works closely with the nursing team, looking after our patients who need blood tests and our INR clinics. 

Mrs Claire Edge


Claire joined us in March 2018 as our new Healthcare Assistant.  She started in healthcare at the young age of 16 and worked her way up to a Senior Carer.  Claire then started working at the Royal Cornwall Hospital as a Healthcare Assistant and then moved to the Phlebotomy department for two years before joining our nursing team here. 

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