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Practice Nurses

Bridget Higham and Lisa Ormston

Bridget consults all day Monday, Wednesday and also a Thursday morning. Lisa consults all day Monday, Thursday and Friday

Practice Nurses are fully trained in a wide range of skills including immunisations, health promotion, contraception, and management of long-term conditions eg advises on diet and lifestyle choices, on coronary heart disease, hypertension, asthma, diabetes and obesity. Practice Nurses can extend their skills at Diploma Level and see many patients who previously would have seen the doctor.

They undertake the following:

  • Asthma/Respiratory Disease Monitoring.
  • Blood Pressure checks.
  • Cervical Screening.
  • Childhood Immunisations.Baby clinic is every Wednesday and the nurse is available for injections from 1.30 – 2.30. It is also possible to make an appointment for immunisations at other times during the week if you are unable to bring your child to the baby clinic.
  • Contraceptive Advice.
  • Coronary Prevention. Monitoring of patients who have been diagnosed with heart disease.
  • Diabetic Clinic. These are held alternatively during morning and afternoon sessions but it may be possible to arrange to have your review at other times during the week. Patients who attend the surgery for their diabetic care will be invited to attend the clinic when their review is due.
  • Flu and Pneumonia vaccinations.
  • General health checks.
  • Travel Vaccinations and Advice where required. A fee may be charged for some vaccinations.
  • Weight Management

Health Care Assistants (Including Phlebotomy)

Velma is our trainee nurse assocoiare and provides routine services such as blood taking, blood pressure recording, pre-diabetic checks, new patient checks and NHS health checks.

They are usually non-registered Nursing staff who assist in patient care and Practice-related duties as directed by and under the supervision of a Registered Healthcare Professional (including Lead Practice Nurse, Practice Manager, and the GPs). Healthcare Support Workers work collaboratively with the General Practice team to meet the needs of patients, and provide essential task-orientated services.