Mayfield Medical Centres

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Meet the team

  • Doctors

    Dr Trevor Avis   
    MB.BS, FPCert, MRCGP

    Dr Avis qualified from St Georges Hospital Medical School in 1988, initially training in Paediatrics in West London including Queen Charlottes and the Hammersmith before completing GP training. He became a GP Partner in Richmond, Surrey in 1994, where he was also Medical Officer for the Royal Star and Garter home for Disabled Servicemen and women and for the Royal Ballet School. He moved to sunny Devon in 1999 and became a Partner at Mayfield in 2001. He enjoys all aspects of General Practice with interests in Paediatrics, Care of Elderly and Psychiatry. He is married to Dr Lisa Bocking and has five children. He enjoys music, travel, family and outdoors. He is elected member of Devon LMC’s Torbay and South Devon Sub-Committee and is the Chair of Brixham and Paignton Medical Alliance (BPMA). In 2016 he helped set up the Southern Primary Care Collaborative Board (SPCCB) made up of elected GP and PM representatives from all practices and federations in South Devon and Torbay and is the current elected Chair.

    Dr Stuart Crowe

    Qualified in 1991 from Bristol University he is married with one son. His special interests are ENT and prescribing within the practice, but is very much a generalist. He loves long distance walking and regularly walk sections of the South West Coast Path. He has a dog called Bubbles (don’t ask) who keeps him out of mischief!

    Dr Carly Gurr
    BSc (Hons) BMBS MRCGP

    Dr Gurr grew up in Devon and trained locally, graduating from Peninsula Medical School in 2010. During her time as part of a research team at the University of Exeter she developed a specialist interest in Rheumatology. She has a young family and in her spare time enjoys dinghy sailing and baking cakes.

    Dr Rya Symonds  

    Rya studied Medicine at Birmingham University, qualifying in 2006, then went on to complete my GP training in Torbay. She is particularly enthusiastic about preventative and lifestyle medicine. She enjoys long walks with her dog, rock climbing and bouldering and growing exotic veg in the greenhouse.

    Dr Lisa Bocking 
    MB.BS, FPCert, DCH

    Dr Bocking qualified from Charing Cross Hospital in 1989, initially training at Westminister Children's Hospital and then the Hammersmith. She completed her General Practice training before becoming a partner in a practice in West London. She enjoys all aspects of general practice with particular interest in paediatrics, gynaecology and contraception. She is married to Dr Trevor Avis and they have five children. She enjoys family, travel and the outdoors, and plays the saxophone, clarinet and piano. 

    Dr Julia Tysoe 

    Dr Tysoe qualified in 1992 at Birmingham University Medical school and worked around the UK before marrying  into the Army. After a few years away off work due to having children and changing postings several times, she restarted GP training in 2007 in Torbay Hospital and started at Mayfield Medical Centre soon after qualifying in 2012. She lives in Totnes with her husband, dog, and grown up children when they are home. She loves being outdoors, walking her dog and running. 

    Dr Nicola Bell

    Dr Bell qualified in 2007 at the University of East Anglia and has worked in Torbay for over 10 years. She has been a Registrar, Partner and Salaried doctor at Cricketfield Surgery before joining Mayfield Medical Centre as a Salaried GP in 2019. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice. When not being a GP she likes to spend time with her family, exploring National Trust properties, going to the beach, and jogging.

    Dr Sasche Lee 

    Dr Lee qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2009. She has worked locally for over 10 years before joining the Mayfield Medical Centre in 2019. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice with a particular interest in women's and child health and dermatology. When not being a GP she likes to spend time with her young family, enjoying the outdoors and playing the piano. 

    Dr Rowan Lepley 
    MRCGP, MBChB, MA (Cantab), DRCOG

    Dr Lepley graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2010 and spent a few years working as a junior doctor in the city. She moved to Devon in 2012 to complete her GP training locally in Torbay. She joined Mayfield as a salaried GP in September 2019 and enjoys all aspects of general practice. She has two young children and enjoys spending time with her family, walking, camping and spending time with friends.


    Dr Ruth Darlow
    BSc (Hons), BMBS, MRCGP

    Dr Darlow graduated in 2012 from Peninsular Medical School and completed her foundation and GP training in Torbay. During training Dr Darlow especially enjoyed placements in Palliative Care at Rowcroft Hospice and in Rheumatology and Dermatology at Torbay Hospital. At weekends Dr Darlow enjoys rock-pooling, walking and spending time with her family.


    Dr Richard Pidsley

    Dr Pidsley qualified from the University of Wales and did most of his post graduate training in Australia. After nine  years working for the government of Western Australia and the Flying Doctor Service specialising in paediatrics and emergency care  he returned home to live and work as a GP in Devon. Outside of medicine his interests include cycling, running and travelling.


    Dr Hayley Sherratt

    Dr Sherratt qualified from University College London in 2012, completed GP training in London and then moved back to Devon to work at Mayfield, her childhood practice. She has an interest in palliative care and mental health, in particular trauma-informed care.  When not working she enjoys spending time with her young family, keeping fit and travelling.

  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners

    Liz Hamilton

    Liz trained at Barts in London qualifying in 1980,  she qualified as midwife in Exeter in 1983 and then  gained experience in vascular surgery and gynaecology before settling in General Practice in 1993, Liz  qualified as a Nurse Practitioner in 2002 with a Masters degree in Health care from Exeter University and has enjoyed working at Mayfield for the last 8 yrs.


    Helen Couch

    I qualified in 1987 as a RGN.  I travelled and work for many years in the USA with a background in ITU and A&E.  I went onto complete my Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus Family Nurse Practitioner.  Upon qualification I then returned to live and work in the UK. I joined Mayfield Medical Centre in 2015 as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. I really enjoy the outdoors & cycling.



  • Paramedics

    Ryan Bishop

    Ryan graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2014 with BSC (hons) in Paramedic Science, after gaining experience on the road. He then went on to work as a clinical advisor for the 111 service, which he continues to do alongside his current role at Mayfield Medical Centre, where he has been a paramedic practitioner since 2017. In 2018, he went on to study at UWE, as an Emergency Care Practitioner, completing at masters level. To continue to expand his lnowledge and skills he is currently undertaking his non-medical prescribing with UWE.  His long term goal is to gain his full Masters. When not working, Ryan enjoys his young family, watching rugby and going to the gym.

    Kevin Illingworth

    I joined Mayfield Surgeries in June 2019 after 26 years as a Paramedic with South Western Ambulance. Service. During my time with SWAST I trained as a Clinical Support Officer, Bronze Commander for Major Incidents and undertook additional training as a Motorcycle Paramedic. I am originally from Barnsley, Yorkshire (so you might hear a slight twang!). I am married to Alison and we are currently in the process of expanding our family with a puppy, (Ali made me write the puppy bit!!). I enjoy various water sports including kayaking, scuba diving, swimming etc. We look forward to the winter months so we can go skiing again. Interesting fact: Kayaking - (competed at slalom discipline - nationally - in my youth)

  • Nursing team

    Sally King 

    Sally is the nurse manager, responsible for the nurse team. She qualified in 1983 as an RGN, then achieved BSc(hons) and A51 Specialist Practitioner. Sally has been a practice nurse since 1987 working in Brixham and Paignton. She has also worked in Minor injuries at Brixham hospital.
    Prior to working general practice Sally set up the colposcopy service at Torbay Hospital whilst working in Gynae OPD and Family planning. Her work interests are women's health and long-term illness. She has 4 grandchildren and enjoys motorcycling holidays.

    Lisa Teesdale

    Lisa qualified in Adult Nursing in 2003 and spent 5 years working as a Staff Nurse on various wards at The North Devon District Hospital. These included Orthopaedics and Trauma, Emergency and Elective General, Vascular, Urological and ENT Surgery, Medicine and Care of The Elderly. She joined Mayfield Medical Centre as a Practice Nurse in 2008. She loves all aspects of General Practice Nursing, particular interests are Respiratory and Wound Care. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, cycling and going to the zoo and to the beach with her 2 young children.

    Sue Vaughton
    Sue studied in Canterbury Christ Church University and spent 10 years working in an acute setting in different hospitals over the UK. She has been working in Primary Care for 9 years, five of them at Mayfield, and covers chronic disease management, womens health and general treatment room nursing. She enjoys keeping active, loves the outdoors and has a young family, 3 dogs, 2 rabbits, 2 cats, oh and a husband! Never a dull moment...


    Aaron Chandler  

    Aaron qualified in 2016 from Plymouth University, Bachelors of Science Adult Nursing. He previously worked in Intermediate Care team for Paignton and Brixham area. Special interests - Acute visits at home, and general practice. He enjoys spending time with his young family and all sports particularly circlet. ​

    Sam Raven



    ron Chandler 

    Aaron qualified in 2016 from Plymouth University, Bachelors of Science Adult Nursing. He previously worked in Intermediate Care team for Paignton and Brixham area. Special interests - Acute visits at home, and general practice. He enjoys spending time with his young family and all sports particularly circlet. ​

    Sam Raven

    Sabine Frost

    Cassie Potter 

    Cassie studied Nursing at Plymouth University, qualifying in 2019. During her training she experienced many different aspects of nursing within the local area, primarily at Torbay Hospital, but have always had a special interest in General Practice. She has previously worked as an Acupuncturist, and in her spare time enjoys sewing, reading and time outdoors.

    Maisie Perry

    Maisie qualified as a Nurse from Plymouth University in 2013, she went on to work at a hospice in South London gaining experience in symptom management. In 2015 she had the opportunity to expand her knowledge and undertook a Primary Care degree, qualifying in 2017 from City University London. She loves her job as a Practice Nurse managing chronic diseases and especially likes immunisations and women’s health. Outside of work she enjoys swimming, coastal walks and spending time with family & friends.

    Suzie Hammersley

    Sam Power

    Sam qualified from The University of Surrey in 2016 with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing. Since then she has developed extensive experience working on the wards at Torbay Hospital and with the Paignton and Brixham Community Nurses. Sam has two daughters that take up most of her personal time and enjoys reading and walking the dog. Previously, Sam worked with children and young adults with autism. Sam has a keen interest in tissue viability, teaching and elderly care. She has a shared role working in Mayfield Medical Centres and for the Torbay Care Home Visiting Service.

    Laura Crawley

    Laura is an Assistant Practitioner who graduated with a FdSc in 2017 from South Devon College and Plymouth University. She went on to complete a BSc in 2018. She recently joined Mayfield Medical Centres in February 2020. Whilst working in Healthcare for nearly 20 years she previously worked in Acute and Community Hospitals, Theatres and with the District Nurses. Her main passion in General Practice is wound care. She enjoys spending time with her son and family, movies and walks.   

    Chloe Whitford

    Chloe first started working with us in the reception team whilst she was still studying at school and then became employed in May 2013. Chloe started as a receptionist, then became a phlebotomist, then a Health Care Assistant and is now completing her degree to become an Assistant Practitioner. She enjoys socialising, walking, exercising and having fun.

    Nikky Patrick

    Nikky is a Health Care Assistant and achieved her NVQ qualification July 2007. She has been at Mayfield for over 17 years and enjoys travel, reading and socialising with family and friends.    

    Michelle Turner

    Michelle started at St Lukes as a receptionist 16 years ago, trained to be Phlebtomist and then did NVQ3 in 2010.

    Debbie Young

    Debbie is a Health Care Assistant and worked at St Lukes for 16 years. Her special interests include leg ulcers and compression bandaging. Her hobbies include boating and holidays.

    Joanna Love

    Joanna has been part of our nursing team since September 2015. Jo currently works as a phlebotomist but is enhancing her skills by training to some of the tasks linked to the Health Care Assistants role. When she is not working she is either entertaining her 5 children or enjoying swimming, walking, wine tasting and socialising.

    Nicola Harris

    Nicola is a phlebotomist and trained at St James University Hospital in Leeds

    Abbie Baker
    After working at Torbay Hospital as a Department Secretary, I wanted to seek a career in Phlebotomy, which is something I have always wanted to do. After completing my Level 3 Phlebotomy Qualification in May 2019, I joined Mayfield in August 2019. You may also see me working on Reception, as I work between both teams. As well as working on reception and my phlebotomy clinics, I also help with any nurse admin. Outside of work I enjoy seeing friends, doing adventure activities and weekends away.



  • Care Support Workers

    Val Shute

    My role as Carer Support Worker started back in 2003 when working for Barton and Upper Manor Road Surgeries. I then sourced additional hours working as a Carers Assessor based at Brixham Hospital.  Services, support and systems have changed and our role has evolved. I am now working as a Carer Support Worker for Mayfield Medical Centre, Totnes Road, Fridays but also covering Cherrybrook surgery when needed. My other role is that of Community Care Worker in the Social Care team based at Kings Ash House.  I feel that both roles work well together and complement each other. I enjoy meeting up with carers who do such an amazing job looking after their loved ones and I hope in some small way I can make things easier for them by providing them with information, contact and support.

    Caroline Saunders

    I joined Cherrybrook surgery in January 1998  to set up and co-ordinate a patient and carers' support group. This role evolved into my current Carer Support Worker post with Mayfield. I work 2 mornings a week, usually based at Cherrybrook. I also cover the whole of Torbay as a specialist Carer Support Worker for people caring for an adult family member or friend with a learning disability. Family carers provide vital unpaid care and deserve recognition. It's a privilege to be able to work with so many amazing people, take time to listen, and help them access support if needed.


  • Administrative team

    Practice Manager: Colin Whitford

    Colin joined the surgery on 5th July 2004. He is married with two children, enjoys socialising with friends and family and enjoys Rugby and Golf.He had a long career with NatWest Bank as a Branch Manager, Business Manager, Mortgage Adviser, Premium Banking Manager and Financial Planning Manager. The traditional role of the Practice Manager has evolved since merging and taking on two additional surgeries. Colin now has more of a strategic role whilst continuing to support the Financial, Business, General Administration and Staffing working with his management team of Dawn Hart, Sam Vernon, Sarah Medd and Lead Nurse Sally King.

    Business Manager: Dawn Hart

    Dawn is our main administrator responsible for  the smooth running of the surgery both from a business aspect as well as clinical. She has considerable IT skills which make her a much valued asset to Mayfield. She is helped by John Westerman who works hard ensuring we have enough stocks and supplies and that the surgery runs smoothly.

    Reception Manager: Sam Vernon

    Sam joined the surgery in July 2006. Sam came from the hospitality industry and started with us as a receptionist. Sam is now our Reception Manager, looking after a team of reception/telephonists managing a very busy and demanding telephone service. Sam also manages the complaints that we are occasionally faced with on behalf of the Doctors and staff. Sam enjoys spending time outdoors with her young daughter, live musical entertainment events and socialising with her friends. 

    Office Manager: Sarah Medd

    Sarah has worked in General Practice for four years bringing with her a wealth of management and office experience from her previous role.  Sarah is our Office Manager who oversees the administration team, premises issues and works closely with the Practice Manager and lead clinicians producing the rotas for the clinical team.  Sarah also works closely with our Reception Manager, Sam Vernon. Outside of work Sarah enjoys photography and walking, especially on the beach/coast path.