The practice is privileged to be involved in medical education at several levels. Fully qualified doctors experienced in hospital medicine have to undergo training to specialise in general practice. These doctors are known as registrars and usually spend one year in the practice. As part of registrar training, consultations are occasionally recorded on videotape but only after permission has been received from the patient. Additionally, hospital trainees and medical students occasionally sit in with our doctors as part of their training. The receptionists will inform patients of the presence of a student and, if the patient prefers, the student will leave the room for the duration of the consultation.
We have Nurse Practitioners who are nurses with extra training to see patients and prescribe in their own right. They are able to deal with a lot of the minor illnesses working alongside the doctors. They are Chris Hickinbotham and Julie Spruce.
Nursing services manager Michele Hassell and sisters Cheryl Jones, Cheryl Pullen, Sarah Porley, Yvonne Dearne and Sally Wayman assist the doctors in a wide variety of activities including cervical smears, ear syringing and ECG recordings. They provide advice on promoting better health, travel immunisation, stopping smoking and weight reduction. They play an important part in the regular review of hypertension, diabetes, asthma and contraception. All appointments can be made at reception.
Our district nurses work closely with us and are able to provide treatment at home and advice about care and convalescence after discharge from hospital. They may be contacted via the surgery.
The health visitors can give expert advice on your own and your familyï¿½s health care. They run the child health clinics with the doctor. The health visitors are happy to give advice for all family problems arising from the very young to the very old. They may be contacted via the surgery.
The midwives run antenatal and postnatal clinics in association with the doctors. They look after you during delivery and afterwards at home.
Julie Sanders is our experienced counsellor to help with any problems and she has associates in training with her from time to time. We are happy to refer you to her if appropriate.
We make frequent use of the services of community psychiatric nurses (for counselling and relaxation), chiropodists (foot care), dieticians and physiotherapists.
Our receptionists are here to help you. They have a difficult and busy job so please be patient. When telephoning for medical attention, the receptionist may ask for a few details; this will enable us to help you in the most appropriate way.
The practice is fully computerised. The practice secretary is Mrs Tina Grant and she is available to answer any queries regarding hospital referrals and insurance medical reports.
Mrs Sue Rogers is in charge of all non-medical matters relating to the practice. She is available to discuss any suggestions or complaints.