Meet the Team


Dr Richard Cook

MB ChB DCH MRCGP Birmingham 1989 (Senior Partner)

Dr Cook graduated from Birmingham University in 1989. He worked in Australia and on the south coast before completing his GP training in Hurstpierpoint. Following this he travelled widely before returning as a Partner with this practice in 1998. He enjoys the day to day aspects of the job and is the practice finance and Commissioning Lead for the practice. He is married to Clare, also a GP, and they have three children and a dog to keep life busy and interesting. He enjoys food, sport, music, family life and more food.

Dr Simon Purwar

MRCP MRCGP DRCOG London 1992 (Partner)

Based in Hassocks, Dr Purwar trained at Oxford University and Guy’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1992. He joined the Practice in Hassocks in 1999, and he is the Prescribing Lead. He is married with two children and enjoys the outdoors and indulges in a number of sports including volleyball, cycling and swimming.

Dr Joanna Thomson

MB BS MRCGP DRCOG DFFP London 1997, Partner and Trainer

Jo qualified from Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, in 1997. She joined Mid Sussex Healthcare in 2002. She is married to Sean, an Orthopaedic Surgeon and has two children. She has a keen interest in Women’s Health and Palliative Care. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice, particularly providing continuity of care to patients and their families. Since her sabbatical in New Zealand in 2009 Jo has learnt tennis and has taken up jogging (no marathons on the horizon just yet). She also loves gardening and when not at work is likely to be found in wellies with a hoe in her hand.

Dr Candida Lewis

MB BS MRCGP DFFP London 1994 (Partner)

Dr Lewis qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1994, and initially worked in London, before gaining a place on the GP Training Scheme at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. She joined the practice in 2003, after spells living and working in Cape Town and Christchurch, New Zealand. She has a special interest in women’s health, is married and has a son. In her spare time she likes to run (slowly) and sleep.

Dr Hugo Wilson

MB BS MRCGP DRCOG BSc PGCE London 1997, Partner & Trainer

Dr Wilson trained at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals, qualifying in 1997. Following this he undertook his GP training in Cambridge and Brighton. He started at Hurstpierpoint in June 2006 and has an interest in Medical Education. He is GP Training Program Director for Mid Sussex, overseeing the education of GP Trainees across the area, and Supervisor to GP Trainees during their 3 year course. He is also a GP Appraiser, supporting qualified GPs in their educational progress and careers. Within the Practice he leads on Research and IT as well. Outside of work he enjoys mountain biking on the South Downs, tennis, running, and playing guitar in a local band. He is married and has 3 boys.

Dr Terry Lynch

MBBS MRCGP MRCP BSc PGCE, Partner and Trainer

Dr Lynch trained at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, qualifying in 2001. After working in London and Surrey he completed his GP training in Guildford before starting at Hassocks in July 2008. He is a GP Trainer – supervising qualified doctors in their final stages of training towards becoming fully fledged GPs. He enjoys outdoor pursuits and tries to keep fit on an indoor rowing machine. He is married with two children.

Dr Asmerom Seyoum

MD 1988 Addis Ababa University, (Partner)

Graduated from University of Gondar, Ethiopia in 1988, after graduation Dr Seyoum worked in Eritrea before moving to the UK. Completed his GP training in Judges Close Surgery in East Grinstead. Ash enjoys running and is married with two children.

Dr Matthew Standen


Dr Standen grew up in Essex and qualified in 2013 from Southampton university before completing his GP training in Mid Sussex in 2018. He spent his final year as a GP trainee at Hassocks Health Centre. He enjoys the complexity of General Practice and the unique opportunity it provides in getting to know and supporting his patients over time. His wife is also a GP and they have a young daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, reading and keeping fit and active.

Dr Miriam Winn


Based in Ditchling, Miriam grew up in Sussex, qualified from St Georges Hospital Medical School, London, in 2004 before coming back to the area to do her junior doctor jobs in Brighton and Haywards Heath, where she then joined the GP training scheme. Before joining us Miriam worked as a GP Partner in Worthing. She has a special interest in palliative care and women’s health and also enjoys the variety that General Practice offers. She particularly values continuity of care and getting to know her patients well. She lives with her husband, two daughters, son and lively labrador. When not at work she enjoys walks on the Downs and baking.

Dr Isabel Konrad


Based in Ditchling, Dr Konrad qualified from Munich University in 2003 and has worked in Crawley and Huntingdon before completing her GP Vocational Training Scheme in Brighton. She has since worked as a locum and as a GP Partner in Goring prior to joining Mid Sussex Health Care. She is especially interested in family planning and palliative care having provided out of hours cover for the Martlets Hospice over the last few years. She enjoys the variety of General Practice and is looking forward to getting to know her patients locally. She is married to Adam and has three children. She likes going on walks and spending time outside with her family. When not at work or looking after her children, she loves sewing clothes, mountain biking and playing badminton.

Dr Isabel Darbyshire


Based at Hassocks, Dr Isabel Darbyshire qualified from Manchester University Medical School in 2008, and completed her GP training on the Brighton and Mid Sussex scheme in 2014. After qualifying as a GP she worked as a locum in the local area before settling as a salaried GP in Hassocks in November 2017. Isabel enjoys all aspects of General Practice. She lives locally with her husband and three young children who keep her busy. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, baking and relaxing. Dr Darbyshire works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Hassocks.

Dr Lucy Udeen


I am delighted to return to MSHC after being a GP registrar in Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint back in 2018. I graduated from Cardiff University in 2014 and decided to return home to Sussex to complete my foundation years, before doing my GP Training in Mid Sussex. I have worked across Sussex as both a Salaried and Locum GP in the last 3 years. I am based locally with my young family and rescue dog who I love exploring the South Downs with. I enjoy every element of General Practice, have a passion for teaching and work closely with Brighton and Sussex Medical School.


Our Practice Nurses provide the following services from all three of our sites: They take blood samples, perform ECG’s, wounds care, suture removal, childhood immunisations, cervical smears and blood pressure monitoring, injections, catheter care, assessment of leg ulcers, they give smoking cessation advice and travel immunisation advice will resume in January 2023. Ronna can also see patients for their contraceptive needs to include repeat contraceptive pill, change of contraceptive pill and those wishing to start oral contraception. When booking an appointment to see one of our nurses, you may be asked what the appointment is for. This is to ensure that we book you with the correct nurse for the service required and allocate sufficient time for you to be cared for.


Our Phlebotomist is trained to take blood from patients, monitor blood pressure and to perform ECG’s. Appointments are made at the request of a doctor and appointments for blood tests are held during morning surgery to enable the samples to reach the pathology department for testing.

Practice Business Partner

Denise Simpson-Banks

Practice Business Manager and non-clinical Partner

Denise manages all business/operational aspects of the practice. Her office is based at the Hurstpierpoint Health Centre but she will be happy to meet with you at any of the surgeries if you prefer.

Reception Staff

The reception staff will assist you in making emergency and routine appointments to see your doctor or a nurse, process repeat prescription requests, answer numerous and varied questions and offer help and assistance at all times. It is a legal requirement that confidentiality of patient records is maintained at the highest level by all staff and a copy of our Confidentiality Policy is displayed at each of the Health Centres.

Health Care Assistants

Our HCAs are trained to give injections such as B12 & Denosumab, wounds care, ECGs, take blood, monitor blood pressure, etc.

Community/District Nurses

Many patients of the Practice are visited by Community/District Nurses that are employed by Sussex Community Trust (they are not part of the Practice team). Some of these nurses use our Hurstpierpoint surgery as a base, and our Practice Nurses and GPs liaise with them on a daily basis to share information relevant to patient care, but compliments, concerns and complaints regarding the District Nurses cannot be dealt with by the Practice Manager and should instead be referred to: Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Tel.: 01273 242292 B Block, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3EW.

Personalised Care Team

Care Coordinators

If you are living with a medical condition and require some additional support – whatever it is – we are here to help.

The Practice is offering a signposting service for our patients, delivered by our Care Co-ordinators. The service is designed to help support patients in a practical way to help them access the many varied services, available both within the NHS and the local community.

Services we commonly help with include:

  • Transport links – Blue Badge, taxi vouchers, etc
  • Carers Support
  • Equipment for the home
  • Befriending
  • Continence issues and many more

If you feel you would benefit from this service, or someone you care for would benefit, please ask for a telephone call with one of our Care Co-ordinators Pam or Barbara or email [email protected]

Social Prescriber Link Workers

Support with cost of Living Crisis

To support Mid Sussex residents with the Cost of Living Crisis, Mid Sussex District Council have put together a Winter Support Guide, which contains information about Affordable Warmth, Food Support, Help with Finances and Useful Contacts. If you would like any help accessing any services please contact our Social Prescribers Amelia or Rita via the surgery.

Many things affect your health and wellbeing. GPs tell us that a lot of people visit them feeling isolated or lonely. Or they might be stressed out by work, money and housing problems. Sometimes it’s the stress of managing different long-term conditions.

That’s where social prescribing comes in. It starts with a conversation. It might be the

conversation you’ve just had with your doctor. Or with another person in the practice team. They will refer you to a social prescribing link worker.

The link worker is there to listen to you, and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you to feel better. We can even accompany you for those first visits if you are feeling apprehensive.

Activities we commonly introduce people to include:

  • Local Age Concern
  • Community Cafes
  • Social Groups
  • Dementia Cafes
  • Choir
  • And many more

We can also offer help, advice and signposting for those struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.

You may be referred to this service by a health professional, or you can self-refer via reception on 01273 834388, just ask for Amelia or Rita, or you can email us at

[email protected]

There are information boards on each site which get updated regularly so please take a look when you are in the surgery

Social Prescriber for Child and Young People

Social prescriber – children and young people – Kirsty Durkan

The practice is very excited about the new addition to our team of a Social Prescriber for children and young people. Kirsty’s role is to support children and young people between 4 year old up to 18 years (up to 24 years if they have a Learning Disability) to reduce health inequalities.

She will be supporting children and young people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs. The aim is to improve physical and mental wellbeing by focussing on what matters to the individual. Kirsty will work with individual children to support them to share what is important to them and put together a plan of how to work towards this.

Examples of the support which children, young people and families may need is:

  • Emotionally Based School Avoidance
  • Anxiety
  •  Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
  • Bullying
  • Behaviour concerns
  • Support pre/during/post diagnosis of Neurodiversity or Disability
  • Family difficulties
  • Loneliness
  •  ….and many more

As parent/carers are important in supporting their children and young people, Kirsty will work with them too to understand what is important to them. Therefore, supporting them to recognise the support they feel they need, where the support is and how to access it.

For more information, see our Primary Care Network website.

Adult, Mental Health Support Team

Access facilitator – Carolyn Tipple

Carolyn supports our patients who are struggling with their mental ill health, by supporting them to look after their physical health and wellbeing, with comprehensive physical health assessments.

Mental Health Support C-ordinator – Kirsty Knapp

Kirsty is available to support patients with their emotional wellbeing if they are struggling and feel they need additional support, Kirsty is non-clinical, but can support patients with 1-2-1 sessions, helping with coping mechanisms.

Mental Health Practitioner – Jas Sadool

Jas will see patient that have been assessed by Kirsty our Mental Health Support Co-ordinator, and felt to need a greater level of support with self-help, reinforcement of treatment, peer support sessions on a 1-2-1 basis.

She also supports patients by collaborating with the patient, the practice, pharmacy and local mental health support teams.

 Health and Wellbeing Coaches

The NHS Health & Wellbeing Coach (HWbC) is a non-clinical, personalised care professional, trained in supporting people to develop positive behaviours. Health coaches work with people experiencing long-term conditions and those at risk of developing them. Conditions are, but not exclusive to, type 2 diabetes, obesity, pre-diabetics, hypertension and newly developed mental health conditions such as, anxiety and depression relating to environmental factors.

Primarily the HWbC service will be offered 1-2-1 within your surgery. Once established we will be providing group workshops and peer supported consultations within the community.

A person’s health and wellbeing is unique to them. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle but only they can see the picture. Different professionals, people and practitioners will recognise pieces of the puzzle but, it is very difficult for them to put the puzzle together as they cannot see the picture.

A HWbC coach doesn’t look at the puzzle, they look at the person. They create a safe space of reflective learning where we aim to grow a person’s awareness for their condition. By utilising models of behaviour change and positive psychology we increase motivation and inspire people to take control of their own health and wellbeing.

We are currently working towards establishing pathways and criteria for referrals. This is a new service within the practice and Primary Care Network and as such there will be a period of time for development.

If you think this is a service that would support and benefit you, please call the practice on 01273 834388 and request a call back from a member of our team.