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 working as a GP, 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 in 2016.
Carol's frivolous side has never been far from the surface. She became a columnist for Punch magazine, and her articles can still be found in dentists' waiting rooms. Her contemporary novels One Night at the Jacaranda and Hampstead Fever are also infused with a sharp wit. A novel set in Alexandria is in the pipeline.
Alongside writing and broadcasting, Carol teaches medical students at Imperial College, London, usually covering consultation skills, clinical reasoning, and medicine in the media.
She is honorary consultant in family medicine for the Twins Trust (formerly Tamba) and delivers pre-natal sessions to expectant parents of twins, triplets, or more. Carol is a trustee of Action on Pre-Eclampsia, an ambassador for Lucy Air Ambulance for Children, and an Associate Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. She was elected President of the Guild of Health Writers in 2014.