Prime Endoscopy Bristol Diagnostic solutions


The Prime Endoscopy Bristol team are passionate about making healthcare better. This is a GP led service and was set up originally in 2010 as the doctors recognised that giving patients care in the community, rather than sending them to a hospital, gives improved outcomes, faster recovery and an altogether better experience. The whole team believe in giving the highest level of patient care, they innovate to consistently improve the service and are very proud of delivering the highest levels of professional standards.

  • Dr Mike Cohen BSc. FRCP.FRCGP


    Mike trained at The Royal London Hospital and qualified in 1979. He trained in internal medicine and clinical pharmacology before entering general practice in 1990.

    Before being a co-founder of Prime Endoscopy Bristol he worked for 20 years doing endoscopy in a hospital setting latterly at Southmead Hospital Bristol.

    He is an active member and sits on the steering committee of the Primary Care Society of Gastroenterology. He is also a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology

    His clinical interests include endoscopy, training and teaching.

    Outside medicine he enjoys spending time with his family and dogs as well as watching too much football playing golf, and music.

  • Dr John Entrican BMedBiol(Hons) MD MRCP MRCGP


    After qualifying in Medicine from Aberdeen University in 1974, I spent twelve years training in hospital medicine and gastroenterology, before entering General Practice. During my career in general practice I worked in gastroenterology with Dr Richard Harvey at Frenchay Hospital. In 2010 I joined Dr Richard Spence and Dr Mike Cohen in forming Prime Endoscopy Bristol. I retired from General Practice in 2012 and have worked exclusively at Westbury since then. I run the out-patient clinic and specialise in trans-nasal gastroscopy. I am a member of the Primary Care Society of Gastroenterology.

  • Dr Jon Shufflebotham MBChB MRCP MRCGP


    Dr Shufflebotham trained at Leeds University, where he qualified in 1996. He completed a medical SHO rotation and then spent several years training in gastroenterology and endoscopy including three years as a specialist registrar in gastroenterology before training as a GP.

    Dr Shufflebotham practices endoscopy alongside his work as a GP partner. He is a member of the Primary Care Society of Gastroenterology and the RCGP.

    Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his family, listening to a wide variety of music, spending time in the outdoors and surfing.

  • Karen Holbrook RN MSC

    Specialist Nurse and Nurse Endoscopist

    Karen achieved State Registration in nursing in 1977 and worked in general medicine for the NHS, then within the voluntary sector before returning to the NHS in 1998, specialising in Gastroenterology.

    She became a specialist Nurse for Gastroenterology in 2001, with special interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. During this time she completed a Masters Degree in Health Sciences at Birmingham University, became an Independent Non-medical Prescriber, and obtained a diploma in medical hypnosis specialising in Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

    She started performing lower endoscopy in 2006, and is now a colonoscopy trainer. She have achieved JAG registration in upper endoscopy in 2012 and became a freelance endoscopist in 2013, working for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSF Trust and Prime Endoscopy Bristol…

    During her leisure time she enjoys walking, following the fortunes of the England cricket team, and being a grandmother.

  • Dr Michael Sproat


    Having grown up in Liverpool, Michael trained as a doctor at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School (Imperial College) in London. After qualifying, he continued his training in internal medicine in London before moving to Bristol with his family in 2006. Michael worked as a Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology in the South West before an interest in all aspects of medicine and a wish to work closer within the community in which he lives lead him to train as a General Practitioner. Michael now enjoys combining the varied and challenging work of General Practice alongside continuing his special interest in Gastroenterology. In addition to his work at Prime Endoscopy, Michael works as a GP Partner in Downend, South Gloucestershire.  Outside of work, Michael is kept happily busy by his family and when time allows enjoys football, cycling and music.”

  • Dr Simon Thornton, BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), MRCS, PG Dip Med Ed, FHEA

    Simon trained at the University of Bristol, qualifying in 2007.He initially trained in general surgery where he learnt to endoscope, before entering general practice in 2012.

    He currently works as an academic registrar splitting my time between Backwell Surgery and the University of Bristol where he has a research interest in medical education. He is a member of the Primary Care Society of Gastroenterology and the Society for Academic Primary Care.

    Outside medicine, he spends his time cycling, running, swimming, and kite-surfing.

  • Mr. Paul Sylvester MB ChB, MD, FRCS

    Consultant Adviser

    Paul Sylvester is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at University Hospitals Bristol having been appointed in 2002. Paul qualified from Bristol University Medical School and carried out most of his surgical training in the South West. He undertook a Colorectal Fellowship in Toronto Canada. He also taught anatomy at the University of Cambridge.. Paul is the Clinical Director for Bowel Screening in Bristol and Weston and has a specific interest in early diagnosis and screening in colorectal cancer. His other main expertise includes inflammatory bowel disease, anorectal diseases and functional bowel conditions (such as faecal incontinence and obstructed defecation). He is actively involved in colonoscopy training.

    Paul is married with 2 children and is fanatical sports follower and has a specific interest in collecting wine.

  • Dr Anne McCune

  • Fran Shermon

    Unit Manager

    I trained at Southmead Hospital, Bristol as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and qualified in 1986.

    Following qualification I  worked in recovery, intensive care, surgical, medical and renal wards before specialising in Endoscopy 17 years ago.

    I am a member of both the British Society of Gastroenterology  (BSG) and the Primary Care Society  of Gastroenterology (PCSG) and held the role of Lead Nurse from January 2013 until I became Unit Manager of our brand new, state of the art Bristol City Centre site in January 2017.

    Outside interests include spending time with my family, playing squash, singing in a local community choir and travelling.

  • Lois Penketh-King

    Nurse Endoscopist

    My name is Lois Penketh-King and I am the Sister working in Prime Endoscopy Bristol.

    I have been a registered Nurse since 1987 and have worked within acute medicine throughout my career. My roles have included Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Theatres, Recovery and Day Surgery.

    My expertise is in the world of Gastroenterology and this is where I want to pursue my career.  I was delighted that, after working very hard, I qualified as a  Nurse Endoscopist in 2016.

    I am married with three children and also am blessed with two grandchildren.

    My hobbies are keeping fit and enjoying life.

  • Stuart Sedgwick-Taylor

    Operations Director

    Stuart started his career in healthcare as a Senior Nurse Manager at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital. In this role he led a team which developed a community mental health care service and managed two in-patient units.   Stuart was also involved in a large psychotherapy project around treating patients arriving in A&E.

    Stuart has worked for the NHS as a Trust Manager and also as an Assistant Programme Director.   He has experience of accreditation programmes having worked for 16 years as a Surveyor within an Hospital Accreditation Programme.

    Studying at the University of West England, Stuart gained an MBA (Distinction) in 2000, writing his dissertation on the Management of Uncertainty.

    His breadth of experience within both public and private healthcare gives him a depth of knowledge which he puts to good use in his current role as Head of Endoscopy for InHealth – a post he has held since 2013.

    In his spare time, Stuart likes to spend time with his family and is a keen sportsman.

  • Elaine Bennett

    Administration Lead

    Elaine is an administrator for Prime Endoscopy Bristol and has worked here for 3 years. Elaine’s background is in Medical reception and she has experience of working with patients for 9 years.

    Elaine likes watching wrestling, reading comic books and socialising with friends and family. She lives locally and was born and brought up in the area.