NHS COVID Care and Bereavement Booklet


Cornwall Bereavement Network

A new website with a list of charities and services available to offer support to those bereaved, from any cause and of any age.


Sticker Memory Café 

RESTARTING 7th September 2021


We meet at St Marks Church Hall, Sticker at 2pm until 4pm every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month 

A safe, friendly place where folk with memory loss and their carers  can come together, make friends and get support.  Activities will include singing, gentle exercise, word games to jog memories and refreshments.  There will be no charge and parking in the village car park is free.

For further information:
E mail Jean at

or ring Jean on 01726 75964



‘What’s On’

Healthy Cornwall are part of Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health Directorate.   We work with all age ranges to help people lead a happy healthier life and support them with weight management, healthy eating and physical activity.

Whats On



Friends & Family Survey

To access the survey online, please look for the "have your say" column on the right side of the page and click "Friend & Family Survey". All of your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you.



Meningitis C Booster for young adults 

Young adults aged between 17 - 25 are eligible for a free Meningitis C Booster. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.


     Being referred?


If your GP is referring you to see a Specialist it is important that we have up to date contact details. You can do this by submitting this via the website, or coming into the Surgery to fill out a form.  Please note it is also a requirement to have your height, weight and blood pressure.


Healthy Cornwall

If you wish to have support for stopping smoking, healthy weight for children and adults, healthy pregnancy or physical activity please call 01209 615600 or visit:


Dr Howard Ball (m)

[1985] MBChB  BSC [MED]  MRCGP

Born and educated in Zimbabwe, Dr Ball studied medicine in Cape Town working locally following qualification. On arriving in Cornwall he joined the vocational training scheme for GPs in 1988 and became a part-time partner at Probus in 1992. He combined this with part-time work as a hospital assistant in Child Psychiatry for 4 years before becoming a full-time GP. Dr Ball's clinical interests include asthma, respiratory disease and psychiatry. He is also involved in the training of undergraduates and registrars. Dr Ball was fully accredited as a GP trainer in January 2008. When not at work he enjoys time with his wife and three children, cycling and kayaking. He also enjoys barbeques, red wine and swimming in the summer!

Dr Ball is available to see patients Tuesdays afternoons, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Dr Simon Purchas (m)


Dr Purchas is one of the full-time GP Partners at Probus Surgery/Probus Surgical Centre, having joined the practice in 2003. He enjoys the full breadth and depth of modern General Practice and, whilst based at Probus, also holds clinics at our smaller branch surgeries in Tregony and Summercourt. Dr Purchas is an Honorary Fellow of the Peninsula Medical School and is involved with teaching their medical students. He is also a GP trainer and works with and supervises the GP trainees we have at the practice. Originally from the West of the County, Dr Purchas is married with four children.

Dr Purchas is available to see patients Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Mr Gaetan Lin Sin Cho (m)


Known as Mr Guy Lin, he graduated in 1992 having attended Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. His medical career then took him to Soweto and Mauritius before settling in England where he undertook surgical training in Exeter. Guy became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2001 and undertook specialist training in spinal surgery at Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre in Exeter. Keen to expand his medical horizons yet further, Guy then also trained as a GP in Exeter, qualifying in October 2004. He joined the Probus partnership in that same year as a GP and part-time surgeon with Probus Surgical Centre, moving to Cornwall with his wife and two children. Guy's clinical interests lie in orthopaedics, general surgery, dermatology and joint injections. He participates in Probus Surgery's training commitment as a trainer the Peninsula Medical School students. He also offers an implanon service (contraception).

Mr Lin is available to consult patients on Monday mornings, Tuesdays, and Fridays and undertakes surgical procedures for half the day on Mondays and Thursdays.

Dr Rawlins Murthy (m)


Born and educated in India, he studied Medicine in Nepal and has been working as a doctor in the NHS since 2005. After qualification he started training in the field of Surgery, but after a placement at Probus surgery decided to change his career path to become a GP. His clinical interests are Eldercare Medicine (old age) Psychiatry, Urinary and prostate problems in men, Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedic and Surgical diseases. He is also involved with improving child protection policies at the practice. He enjoys playing cricket and is a keen amateur photographer.

Dr Murthy is available for clinics all day Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and undertakes surgical work on Thursdays.

Dr Grace Moon (f)


Dr Moon graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2004. Soon after qualification she moved to Brisbane, Australia where she worked in Emergency Medicine. She then returned to Cornwall, her home county, to train as a GP. She undertook an extended training scheme in order to develop her special interest in family planning, young people's health and sexual health. Dr Moon works part-time at Probus Surgery alongside her role as an Acute GP at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.   Dr Moon lives with her husband, 2 children and a miniature dachshund. They enjoy exploring Cornwall by sea kayaking and coastal walking. 

Dr Moon is available to see patients on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Dr Kayleigh Smithson (f)

[2012] MBBS MRCGP PG Dip Derm

Dr Smithson is originally from Yorkshire and studied Medicine at The Hull York Medical School, graduating in 2012.  She moved to Cornwall to complete her foundation training including placements at Treliske, the Sexual Health Clinic and the Psychiatry Service.  Following this she continued her GP training in the area and joined Probus Surgery in 2017, after enjoying her year at the surgery as a Registrar.  Dr Smithson has an interest in skin and has a diploma in practical dermatology.  Her hobbies include music, fashion and laughing at her Cocker Spaniel!

She is available to see patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Dr Rob Hutchinson (m)
Dr Sarah Keast (f)
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