***CHANGES TO ALL APPOINTMENT BOOKINGS***

The Wooda Surgery remains open for business however in order to protect our most vulnerable patients, our staff and Doctors we have made some temporary changes to our access to the building and our appointment booking process.

Due to the latest government advice, we are trying to slow the spread of the Coronavirus -COVID-19. We are therefore using a full Telephone Triage system as from Monday 16th March to reduce the visits to the surgery by people with symptoms of "a new fever" or "a new cough".

If you have either of these symptoms, please do not contact the practice in the first instance. Please use NHS 111 online where full triage can be made and advice and guidance given. If you are unable to access the internet for this, please call NHS 111.

If you do not have any of these symptoms but still need to access healthcare, please call our Reception team where a Telephone Triage appointment can be booked.

Patients requiring other routine appointments, i.e. blood tests and regular dressings will be screened accordingly by our Reception team.

Please note that our intercom system will be in operation on the doors into the practice for any patients attending for their booked appointment or general enquiries to enable us to manage the flow of patients in and out of the practice.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Dr Samantha Gardner

MB BS (1996) BSc (1991) DRCOG (1998) DFFP (1998) MRCGP (2007) GMC 4306542

I qualified from King’s College hospital in 1996 and since that time I have lived and worked in Devon. I am married to George who is a local GP in Barnstaple and we have three children, Molly, Emily and Toby. I have a keen interest in education, I am now a trainer of new GPs. In my spare time I enjoy walking, cycling, body boarding and gardening as well as my annual skiing trip

Dr Matthew Lee

BSc (Hons) 1991 MB ChB (Glasgow 1993) DTMH (1995) MRCP (UK) 1999 MRCGP (2005) GMC 4014610 

After a career in hospital medicine culminating in the field of infectious diseases in Australia, I transferred to the North Devon general practice experience, which I love. I have particular interests in prescribing, child safeguarding as well as cardiology issues.

When I am not busy with the delights and demands of my lovely family of wife and three daughters, I enjoy sailing, canoeing, surfing and discovering new aspects of our beautiful area’s natural and cultural history. I am attempting to learn the piano.

Dr Stewart "Reg" Perrin

MB CHB (Bristol 2006) BA Hons (Leeds 1998) DFSRH (2010) MRCGP (UK) 2011 GMC 6145619 

After a French and Philosophy degree in Leeds I spent several years living abroad, teaching English. Eventually, I decided to become a doctor.

After finishing medical school in Bristol I came straight down to North Devon, now my adopted home.I joined The Wooda Surgery as a partner in 2012.

Dr Jess Danielson and I were married in 2015 and now job share at the practice.

I have an interest in medical education and help train new local doctors. I'm also interested in how we organise healthcare locally and am the Clinical Manager for the practice.

Surfing, cycling, swimming and yoga keep me busy outside of work. But I’m often found to be found propping UP the counter of a local café, with a coffee, and my nose deep in a book.

Dr Jessica Danielson

BMedSci (Hons) BMBS MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH PGC (MedEd) GMC 7015833 

I am originally from North Devon, and am really pleased to be working in an area I really love. Having trained at the Wooda Surgery, working here as a GP with the team of wonderful staff we have is great. I have additional training in contraception and sexual health, including treatment of the menopause. Outside of work, I am married to Dr Perrin, and we spend our time enjoying the beautiful coast on our doorstep.

Dr Penny Martin and Dr Sarah Cooke will be looking after Dr Danielson's patients whilst on maternity leave

Dr Esther Maguire


I grew up in the deep dark valleys of South Wales but manage to cross the Severn Bridge and study medicine at Bristol University.  

I love to travel and since being qualified, have enjoyed working in Australia and spending time in Asia, New Zealand and, most recently, South America.

When I am not working I enjoy cycling, sea swimming and singing (usually whilst cycling and swimming!)

Dr Aaron Mills

I was born and raised in Barnstaple, and since completing my training in Durham in 2015, my wife and I have been very excited to move back closer to our families, and the beaches!

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter; I play basketball with the North Devon team and enjoy playing bass guitar and piano. 

I am really looking forward to starting work with the great team here at The Wooda and am excited about getting to know my new patients.

Dr Gavin Haslehurst


While I was completing my GP training here in beautiful North Devon, I really fell in love with the area and its diverse community - so I decided to stay! When I'm not at my desk in the Wooda Surgery, I can be found either at the stove working on my latest culinary creation, or traipsing across Exmoor with my camera in tow. I've really enjoyed getting to know Bideford and my patients, and I am looking forward to being part of the Wooda team for many years to come.

Dr Penny Martin


I moved down to north Devon in the summer of 2011 and have done all I can to stay ever since! Having studied at University College London and then Warwick Medical School I felt very lucky to be able to start my medical career by the sea, and in a place where I grew up visiting my grandparents. I am delighted and very proud to be The Wooda Surgery's latest partnership addition and look forward to many happy years here.

Outside of work I love the outdoors, fitness, and yoga. I live in beautiful Appledore with my partner Aubrey who is also a doctor.

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