Practice Nursing team
Our nursing team , Di Finch, Liz Towlson , Louise Walters, Laura Dudley and Cath Immins hold sessions every day. They are supported by Alison Hatton, our Healthcare Assistant
Di and Liz are fully qualified Nurse Practitioners. This means that as well as looking after their own patients on a day –to- day basis, they are available as an alternative to the GP’s for most urgent same day appointments.
As well as general nursing and ongoing patient monitoring tasks, the nurses are available to give health advice, undertake health checks, take cervical smear tests and to arrange routine and travel injections.
They also complete regular monitoring checks for those patients with ongoing, long term conditions such as diabetes, heart and respiratory disease.
When booking an appointment to see our practice nurses, the receptionist will ask what the appointment is for. This to to ensure that you are allocated sufficient time for your appointment.
We are constantly reviewing the way in which our nurse’s work and we envisage that the range of services that they are able to offer will continue to develop. We would be interested to hear your views on how our nursing services should be shaped for the future.
You can book a health check with our practice nurses. This is a free check on your basic health and lifestyle and takes about 20 minutes.
Please bring a sample of urine with you so that this can be tested as part of the check. Bottles are available from reception, where you should make the appointment for your check. If you are new to the practice, or have not seen the doctor during the last 3 years, you are particularly invited to take advantage of this free check on your health.
Contraceptive advice and services (including emergency contraception) are available from your doctor or nurse in normal surgery time.
Cervical Cytology (Smear tests)
Cervical cytology screening tests are carried out in normal surgery hours by the practice nurses or a doctor, but please make a separate appointment for this to be done.
All women are recommended to have a smear test every three years from the age of 25 up to 49, and every five years between the ages of 50 and 64. If you have had a hysterectomy or have never been sexually active then you usually won’t need to have any further smear tests but please discuss this with the nurse or doctor if you are in any doubt. You are reminded by letter when your smear test is due.
If you think you are pregnant, please make an appointment during normal surgery time to see the doctor.
Regular Antenatal clinics are held with our midwife. Patients can also be seen by a GP during normal surgery times by prior appointment.
Relaxation classes are held at the care centre; please ask your midwife for details. The doctors carry out postnatal examinations by prior appointment along with baby’s six-week check.
The district nursing team works alongside the doctors to provide skilled nursing care within your home. Help and advice on a variety of caring problems are offered, for example continence problems. There are good working relationships with other services such as hospitals, social services, Macmillan nurses and the local voluntary organisations.
The district nursing team can be contacted on 0300 0830100
Dr Kothari carries out some small surgical procedures at the surgery. This service may avoid you having to wait for hospital treatment. Please ask for details.