Dr Richard Russell

GP Partner - BSc, MB ChB, MRCGP

I was lucky enough to have studied at both St Andrews and Manchester University. Once qualified I gained experience working in different parts of the world, before further specialist training in Musculoskeletal and Emergency Medicine in Manchester. These skills were then transferred to Primary Care and have been great use since. I have helped Primary Care Development in Morecambe Bay as part of local leadership roles and have been promoting General Practice on behalf of all patients. I continue to develop my interest in Musculoskeletal Medicine, along with many other areas. Trained Medical Hypnotherapist.

Dr Richard Russell, GP Partner

Dr John Wood

GP Partner - MB ChB, MRCGP

After studying Medicine at Manchester University, I graduated in 1998 with initial ambitions of working as either an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, or an Orthopaedic Surgeon. I spent several years working in a variety of hospitals across the North-West including 2 ½ years of Surgical training in Blackpool. It is from this experience that I realised my love of patient contact in an out-patient setting and decided to pursue General Practice. I commenced my GP training in Lancaster and qualified in 2005. I then worked as a GP Locum across the South Lakes area before joining The James Cochrane Practice as a Partner in May 2007.

Dr John Wood, GP Partner

Dr Paul Atkinson

GP Partner - MB ChB, MRCGP

I was born and raised in North Cumbria, and went on to study Medicine at Manchester University, qualifying in 2005. Whilst training, I worked in A&E, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery, Palliative Care and General Medicine. I moved back up to the South Lakes where I completed my GP training in 2012, before joining The James Cochrane practice as a Partner later that year. My areas of particular medical interest include the care of older people and Dementia.

Dr Paul Atkinson, GP Partner

Dr Ed Clarke

GP Partner - MBChB, DCH

I was born and raised in Liverpool before studying medicine at Leeds University, where I qualified in 1999. Since then I have trained in Yorkshire and Merseyside before becoming a GP in Liverpool in 2003. There, I co-ordinated the management of lung problems. I moved to Cumbria in late 2017 when I joined the James Cochrane Practice as a partner.

Dr Ed Clarke, GP Partner

Dr Simon Jones

Salaried GP - MBBS (Hons), MRCGP, DTMH, DipOccMed

After qualifying from Newcastle University in 2000 I did my GP training in the North East of England. I then worked as a locum GP and gained a diploma in Tropical Medicine. Since then I have worked in South Sudan with MSF, Guatemala, New Zealand, and on expeditions around the world. My wife and I moved to Kendal in 2012 because of our passion for rock climbing and cycling. I worked as a GP at Westmorland General Hospital for eighteen months before joining the James Cochrane Practice. I have a particular interest in Palliative Care, Travel Medicine and Emergency Care.

Dr Simon Jones, Salaried GP

Dr Joanne Richardson

Salaried GP - MBBS, MRCGP, Diploma in Reproductive and Sexual Health

I previously worked at Appleby Medical Practice as a Salaried GP for 1 year, after doing my GP training in Newcastle. I enjoy climbing, fell running and cycling, and sometimes I cycle the 15 miles to work! My areas of special interest include Muscular Skeletal (joint injections) and Sexual Health.

Dr Joanne Richardson, Salaried GP

Dr Emily Bayne

Salaried GP -

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Dr Emily Bayne, Salaried GP

Dr Ariane Domingo

Salaried GP -

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Dr Ariane Domingo, Salaried GP

Dr Paula Cherry

Salaried GP -

Originally from Bolton, I trained in Manchester, qualifying in 2003, and completed my GP training in Salford in 2011. I’ve worked all around Manchester, and initially undertook surgical training, including some time working in surgical departments at both Furness General Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary. However, as time went on I felt that perhaps a career in General Practice would be better. I have recently relocated with my family to Cumbria from Manchester, having reached a point in my life where I craved a good view; and given that we often spent much of the Summer travelling up to go walking, camping or festivalling, it made good sense.

Dr Paula Cherry, Salaried GP

Dr Heather Wood

Salaried GP - Women's Health Specialist GP -

I was born and brought up in Glasgow and studied Medicine for 3 years at St Andrews University, gaining a Bsc. In Medical Science. I then went on to complete my medical degree at the University of Manchester qualifying in 2002. I completed my hospital training in Bolton and Lancaster and completed my GP training in Lancaster, fully qualifying as a GP in 2007. I initially worked as a locum before commencing a salaried post at Park View Surgery in Milnthorpe, where I still work 3 days a week to date. I was pleased to join the James Cochrane team in 2018 to help out with their provision of Woman’s Health services. Outside of work I enjoy bringing up my family and love all the benefits of living in the Lakes, especially outdoor swimming and cycling.

Dr Heather Wood, Salaried GP - Women's Health Specialist GP

Dr Emily Ingram

GP Trainee - MBChB (hons)

Emily studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and worked around Glasgow as a Junior Doctor for a couple of years. Looking forward to being nearer to the Lake District, she began her GP training at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, before joining the James Cochrane Practice team with whom she will be completing her training. In her spare time, she enjoys hill walking with her family.


Dr Maria Martin

GPwER Dermatology - Salaried GP - MB ChB, MRCGP, Dip. Faculty Family Planning, Dip Practical Dermatology

I grew up in South Africa, and studied medicine at the University of Cape Town. I then moved to the UK and did my GP training in South West Wales. Following the completion of my training I moved to the beautiful Lake District where I joined The James Cochrane Practice as a Partner in 2001. I have been so fortunate to have been with the James Cochrane Practice since the start of my career as a GP. The practice has given me many opportunities to build on my clinical and consultation skills, however, the time has come for me to make a change and from June 2019 I shall no longer be a GP at the practice.  I will continue to be involved in the South Lakes GPwER Dermatology service, which is run by the practice. I continue to have a keen interest in Dermatology and I have also spent many years working in this area for the Westmorland General Hospital.

Dr Maria Martin, GPwER Dermatology - Salaried GP

Dr Jennifer Smith

GPwER Dermatology - Salaried GP -

Jen hails from Lancashire and did her Medical Degree in Glasgow graduating in 1991 which resulted in her love of Scotland.  She spent a year abroad working in Australia and completed her GP training in Lanarkshire. Jen did locums for a few years in the North West and was a GP partner near Preston for 9 years.  She has been working in dermatology since 1999, as a clinical assistant and then as a GPSI since 2002 and decided to fully embrace this role in 2009, leaving her practice. She did the Cardiff Diploma in 1995 and was one of very few to gain a Distinction in this. She joined South Lakes Dermatology in 2017 and also works for a similar service in the North of the County. She remains a GP close to home and has a special interest in gynae dermatology and works at the local hospital in Preston. She is a mad animal lover and enjoys walking, family time and anything to do with dogs! She loves to travel and is a bit of a thrill seeker having jumped out of a plane twice!!

Dr Jennifer Smith, GPwER Dermatology - Salaried GP

Dr Ross Anderson

GPwER ENT - Salaried GP - Bachelor of Medicine, MRCS, MRCGP

I am originally from Cheshire and went to medical school in Leeds. I then moved to Cumbria after training in ENT surgery. I completed my GP training in Carlisle, which is where I met my wife. Before joining South Lakes ENT, I was a partner in a large practice in the west of Cumbria.  My professional interests include ENT, primary care research and aspects of travel medicine.  Outside of work I enjoy walking in the hills, travelling abroad, photography, cycling and swimming.

Dr Ross Anderson, GPwER ENT - Salaried GP

Dr Nick Howlett

GPwER Dermatology - Salaried GP -

Dr Nick Howlett has been a GP Partner at Bentham Medical Practice since 2000. He has many years of Dermatology experience, having worked in the Dermatology department at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for several years. He has recently been accredited as a GP with Special Interest in Dermatology. He holds an external post as an honorary tutor in the Department of Dermatology at Cardiff University. He is a GP trainer and holds the Diploma in General Practice Education from Manchester University. His other unusual role is as team doctor for the Cave Rescue Organisation.


Dr Catherine Munro

GP Partner -

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