Dr. Mark Wilbourn is a General Practitioner based in Jersey.
Dr Wilbourn trained at the University of Southampton. He undertook Basic Surgical Training in Rotherham and Sheffield. He subsequently spent four years training in ENT and Maxillofacial Surgery before deciding that only General Practice offered the breadth of practice that he was suited to. He therefore opted to train as a GP in the Wessex region.
After his medical degree, he has undertaken the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England diploma, the Diploma in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health and Epidemiology, the Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners and has some diplomas in nutrition. He has been awarded the Royal College of General Practitioners Fellowship, their highest award.
“I am a doctor practicing as a GP in Jersey with training in cannabis medicine. Here, when the legislation around medical cannabis was created, any doctor was permitted to prescribe, without the UK requirement to be on a specialist register. All the guidelines advise prescribing within a doctor’s scope of practice. This means that GPs, who look after patients with multiple medical problems, are able to prescribe cannabis holistically in Jersey.”
Dr Wilbourn first met a patient self-medicating with cannabis as a medical student in the mid 90s, the patient’s rheumatoid arthritis was in remission thanks to the cannabis he was using, but he was concerned that his GP or rheumatologist would find out and take it away from him. This left him with the perception that the medical profession and the law needed to facilitate good medical care with cannabis and, finally, this has now happened and he’s happy to be able to support it.
Dr Wilbourn moved to Jersey in 2010 and has worked in Rosewood House, Sandybrook Nursing Home, Island Medical Centre and the Primary Care Governance Team. He currently works part time 4 days per week for Windsor Medical Practice, alternate Saturday mornings and 2 sessions per week for The Medical Cannabis Clinic. He is also a GP appraiser, former Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor, and a Trustee of The Oxygen Centre and Barochamber operator.