Barnfield Hill Surgery

01392 432761


Dr Neil Smallwood

MB ChB (Bristol 1985) DCH MRCGP

GP - job share with Dr Docherty - I joined Barnfield Hill Surgery as a Partner in 1991, having qualified as a Doctor from Bristol University in 1985. My aim is to provide top quality, patient focused general practise at the Surgery. I have a special interest in Occupational Medicine. Originally form Yorkshire, I am married with two children. My hobbies include playing 5-a-side football, running, reading and preparing and enjoying good food with friends.

Dr Juliet Campling

MB ChB (Bristol 1981) DCH MRCGP DRCOG

GP - job share with Dr McDermott - I grew up in Northamptonshire and qualified from the University of Bristol in 1981. I trained as a GP in Exeter and then worked in Peru for a couple of years before coming back to Devon. I am married to another GP and we have two grown up children and a chocolate Labrador. I became a partner at Barnfield Hill Surgery in 1992 and am committed to the high standard of generalist personal doctoring that we try to provide here. I have a special interest in medical education​ and am one of the GP trainers in the practice and a GP appraiser. I spend at least one day a week as a Programme Director for the Exeter GP Training Scheme - organising, teaching and supporting the 90 or so young doctors training to be GPs in this area.

Dr Paul McDermott

MB BS (London 1995) DRCOG MRCGP

GP - job share with Dr Campling - Qualified from the London Hospital in 1995. He is married with three children. His special interests are Out of Hours and Palliative Care.

Dr Penny Phillips

MB (Southampton 1991) DRCOG DCH DFFP MRCGP

GP - job share with Dr Shenton - Dr Phillips has been at the surgery for 19 years. She enjoys the variety of General Practice and is the Doctor who fits contraceptive Implants at Barnfield Hill.

Dr Jenny Docherty


GP - job share with Dr Smallwood - Dr Docherty is a part time partner and GP trainer in Barnfield Hill Surgery but also works in other roles. She qualified in 2000 from Bristol Medical School. Before becoming a GP she spent a lot of time in hospital medicine and gained her Royal College Of Physicians Membership . Her interests in the practice are older peoples health, teaching and minor surgery. She works as a GP with a special interest in Physician Health, is a Senior GP Appraiser for South Devon and Teignbridge and works for NHS England as a Clinical Advisor looking at complaints and what went wrong. She lives with her two small children and her Jack Russell and enjoys running and cooking.

Dr Lucy Shenton

MBChB (Bristol 2003)

GP - job share with Dr Phillips

Dr Helena Young

GP MBBS DGM DCH DFSRH DRCOG MRCGP I qualified from St George’s Hospital Medical School In 2005. I enjoy all aspects of General Practice, in particular women’s health, contraception and children’s health.


Zoe Trevascus

Practice Business Manager - Responsible for the overall running of the Practice. If you feel the Practice could improve or needs to be changed, please let her know.

Emma Venmore

Deputy Practice Manager - provides support to the Practice Manager

Holly Dorrington

Practice Support Manager

Practice nurses

Elaine Smith

Practice nurse - Elaine qualified in Exeter as an RGN in 1984. After working in various departments of the hospital she decided to move into the community where she gained valuable experience working with the district nurses, night nursing service and with the health visitors. Elaine joined the surgery in 2001, and runs clinics for heart disease, stroke care and diabetes. She has obtained her MSc in Diabetes through the university of Warwick to gain a better understanding of this complex condition.

Tania Harris

Practice nurse - Tania trained as a Registered General Nurse at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, qualifying in 1989 from the Exeter School of Nursing. She then specialized in Orthopaedic nursing, qualifying as a registered Orthopaedic nurse in 1991 at The Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital. Tania worked there until 1994 when she joined The West of England School for Children With Little or No Sight, working in the medical centre for eleven years, she gained experience caring for children with visual impairment, very special needs and epilepsy. Tania left the school in 2005 to join the medical team at St Loyes Foundation where she worked with adults retraining for employment with a wide variety of disabilities/special needs. Tania joined Barnfield Hill in 2008 as a Practice Nurse and carries out all areas of nursing care including dressings, phlebotomy, childhood immunisation, travel advice and smoking cessation. She has a special interest in respiratory conditions and is responsible for the care of those patients with asthma and COPD. This includes the annual review, spirometry, teaching correct inhaler technique and general support and advice.

Sarah Sparks

Practice nurse - Sarah qualified as a Nurse from University of Plymouth (Exeter) in 2003. Her career started at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where she worked in Cardiology for 6 years. She then moved to Whipton Hospital and gained further experience in Care of the Elderly. Sarah joined Barnfield Hill Surgery in May 2011 and enjoys meeting patients and providing a wide variety of treatment room/nursing care.

Additional healthcare staff

Ruth Steer

Health Care Assistant - seeing patients for; Blood Tests; Blood Pressure and Urine Testing Weight and Height (BMI) and lifestyle monitoring ECGs Doppler Health Reviews B12; Pneumococcal and Flu Vaccinations Assist the Registered Practices Nurses in their clinics and in Minor Ops

Community nurses

When a patient is housebound the community nurses may visit the patient at home. Visits are usually arranged by your doctor or sometimes by the hospital. To leave a message for the community nurses please call 01392 429122.


We have two Physiotherapists working from Barnfield Hill Surgery. On Mondays, Tom Ludlam, who see's those patients who have been referred for physio by their GP. On Wednesdays, as part of a pilot scheme running at a number of Exeter GP practices, we have a First Contact Physiotherapist, James Burton, who sees all patients with MSK problems that would normally see a GP (except unwell patients and under 12's). James offers Advanced MSK assessments and can refer to orthopaedics or arrange scans as appropriate. In some cases he can directly list patients for hip replacement. James can also administer steroid injections and prescribe pain medications.

Practice staff


They support the doctors in their day-to-day work, processing referrals, letter dictation and reports.


Secretary (Drs Campling/McDermott)


Secretary (Dr Smallwood/Docherty)


Secretary (Drs Phillips/Shenton)


They have a very busy role and will always try to help you in person or on the telephone. The reception team can deal with all your enquiries and we ask you provide them with as much information as you can. Currently we have six receptionists at the Surgery; Alison, Susan, Tyna, Fiona, Natalie, Debbie and our apprentice Bea.