Carol graduated in medicine from Cambridge University. She then spent time in different hospital specialities, including orthopaedic surgery and rheumatology, before entering general practice when her first son was born.
Carol’s journalism and broadcasting developed in tandem with GP work, and she is now well-known as a media medic. She writes for The Sun newspaper and other titles, and broadcasts on TV and radio on topical health issues.
Many of Carol’s non-fiction books are on child health and parenting, such as the much-loved guide Twins & Multiple Births, and the titles combine her professional expertise and her personal experience as a mother. As co-author of the book General Practice at a Glance, Carol won a British Medical Association book award in 2013. A companion volume, General Practice Cases at a Glance, appeared later.
Carol's frivolous side has never been far from the surface. She became a columnist for Punch magazine and her articles can still be read in dentists' waiting rooms. Her novels are also infused with a sharp wit. Set in Egypt and published in April 2021, The Girls from Alexandria is her latest book.
At Imperial College, London, Carol teaches medical students consultation skills, clinical reasoning, and medicine in the media.
Carol is a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, a deputy chair of Action on Pre-Eclampsia, an ambassador for Lucy Air Ambulance for Children, and honorary consultant in family medicine for the Twins Trust (formerly Tamba). She was elected President of the Guild of Health Writers in 2014.