Penny was born in Jersey and grew up in St Ouen. Both sides of her family, the Le Bas and the Proutens have been in Jersey for many generations making her a good “Jersey Bean”. She was the first in her family to follow a path in Medicine; however, her Father being a Microbiologist and her Mother being a Medical Secretary must have sparked her interest. Coincidently her Mother was a secretary to Dr Bowker, one of the founders of the Practice that evolved into York House Medical Practice.
She was a pupil at Beaulieu Convent School from aged 4 to 18. She then qualified at Southampton University in 1994. Following this she was accepted on a GP training scheme at the teaching hospital and after working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Palliative Care, Radiotherapy, Old Age and Adult Psychiatry worked at Lordshill Health Centre in Southampton as a trainee.
In 1995 she was awarded her Diploma from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and in 1998 her Membership to the Royal College of General Practitioners.
She returned to Jersey in 1998 and joined the Laurels Medical Practice. She continued her interest in Child Health taking on the role as their Lead GP in Child Protection. She sits as a Medical Member on the Mental Health Review Tribunal, which draws on her Psychiatry skills. She also has an interest in Women’s Health and since being a GP for Sandybrook and The Limes Nursing Homes has gained an interest in Old Age Medicine. She also enjoys her new role as a GP to two small group homes for adults with learning disabilities.
She is married and works part-time so she can be an actively involved Mum to her two daughters. When she isn’t working or taxiing her girls to their activities she enjoys walking their dog, running and partaking in some relaxing arts and crafts activities.