Dr Cooper has been working in Alderney since 1995 and is the longest serving GP on the island. He is a fully accredited General Practitioner and has also undergone special training in emergency medicine, child health, family planning and care of the elderly. Dr Cooper had a special interest in Minor Surgery and Endoscopy. He travels to the UK on alternate weeks, where his work enables him to keep both his surgical and medical skills up to date. Dr Cooper is a director of the St John Ambulance, HMA to the RNLI, Police Surgeon and a trustee of the Cancer Relief Fund. Off duty he is a keen sailor.
Dr Sally Simmons is no stranger to the Channel Islands, as she was born and educated in Guernsey and spent childhood holidays in both Sark and Alderney. She served as a nurse in the Royal Navy and the Army, but then undertook medical training & GP training in Exeter. Sally is also interested in motorsport medicine and pre-hospital emergency care.
Sally learnt to dive in Guernsey and is also a qualified HSE AMED (Diving at Work medicals) and can carry out Oil and Gas UK medicals and UK Sports Diving Medical medicals.
Sally is keen to develop health promotion ideas for chronic disease including mental health, women’s health and diabetes. She would also like to actively forge links with the local community in improving and maintaining the delivery of health care and looks forward to meeting people who are equally keen to maintain good self-health.
Dr Stevens qualified in 1980 from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School (University of London) and worked in Kent and Nottingham, before moving to Wiltshire, where he trained for General Practice. He was a partner at a very busy, large practice in Warminster for 29 years until 2015, when he retired. Within a year he discovered Alderney and he has been working here on and off since August 2016.
While in partnership in Warminster he worked in the local Minor Injuries Unit and the general- and psychogeriatric-wards in the local community hospital. He has also studied for an Open University degree in Earth Sciences, a Diploma in Medical Acupuncture, and the Diploma of Palliative Medicine (Cardiff University, Wales). Particular medical interests include managing chronic pain, and Palliative Care.
Outside work, Dr Stevens’ interests include writing, and the sciences generally, but chemistry and astronomy in particular and his particular passion is palaeontology (the study of fossils). He has a large collection fossils of many types in various stages of preparation and conservation, and so his philisophy of work could be, (to borrow a line from Agatha Christie), ‘the older the patients get, the more interesting they become’.