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Waterworks Road

Birmingham, B16 9AL

Fax: 0121 452 4896


Tel: 0121 4550542

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Welcome to Karis

The Karis Medical Centre is a partnership of doctors working with a full team of clinical and non-clinical staff providing excellent primary care health services within Birmingham. We are also a teaching practice linked to the University of Birmingham.


History of Karis

There has been a GP surgery based here since 1948. We moved to the current premises in 1993.


The name Karis is a Greek word from the Bible, meaning grace: the giving and receiving of unearned loving kindness and acceptance.


The Karis Medical Centre aims to care holistically for patients, addressing those physical, mental, social and spiritual needs which affect their health and wellbeing. Grace, compassion, integrity, respect and hope are values which shape the lives of the staff and services we offer.


In April 1999 the Karis Neighbour Scheme was founded to help address practical needs and to deal with issues of loneliness and isolation in the local community.


Karis Neighbour Scheme

c/o Church of the Redeemer, Monument Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 8UU


Tel:  0121 456 3212

Fax:  0121 455 7524





Our Vision

Always seeking excellence in caring for the whole person.


Our Values

Excellence: efficient and effective, clinically up to date and evidence based, safe and reliable, innovative and responsive.

Caring: with grace, compassion, integrity, respect and hope.

Whole person: physical, mental, social and spiritual needs which can affect health and well-being.


About the doctors

The Practice has 8 GP partners plus up to 2 GP Registrars at any one time and up to 2 sessional doctors.


If you have a complex medical problem or require ongoing treatment it will help your care if you arrange to see the same GP for your appointments.


If you have forgotten who your usual GP is your receptionist will be able to tell you.


Male doctors

Dr Ross Bryson

Dr Philip Downing

Dr Mike Forrest

Dr Malcolm Laird   

Dr Paul Turner


Female doctors

Dr Jacqui Cartwright

Dr Gill Harley-Mason

Dr Anja Schoen

Teaching and training

Undergraduate: Karis Medical Centre is a teaching practice attached to the University of Birmingham Medical School to provide undergraduate teaching for medical students.


Over the years we are enormously grateful to the many patients who have willingly given their time for this training, either to come in to talk to the students or to take part in consultations run students under direct supervision of one of the partners.


We intend to continue this provision but will always seek your consent for any involvement in this training process.

Postgraduate: Karis Medical Centre is also a training practice linked to the South Birmingham Vocational Training Scheme for fully qualified doctors specialising to become GPs. On average we have 2 GP registrars attached to the practice.