Special Nurse-led Clinics and Services
Our nursing team consists of 5 practice nurses. They all provide some of the nursing services that we offer, but also specialise as follows:-
Sister Cath MacDonald is our Nurse Practitioner. She sees patients with straightforward common problems and can prescribe where appropriate. Please speak to one of our receptionists if you are not sure if she can help you.
Sister Sheila Dransfield specialises in diabetes, heart disease and epilepsy management, and gives contraceptive advice.
Sister Liz Boyd is one of our Triage Nurses and gives helpful medical advice and can arrange treatment for some common conditions. She is available to speak to by telephone on weekday mornings. She also specialises in respiratory disease and heart failure.
Sister Pat Schofield is our other Triage Nurse. She also specialises in respiratory disease and diabetes.
Sister Wendy Anderson provides general nursing services.
We offer a number of specific clinics for chronic diseases and other services. Please ask at reception for further details.
Our Chronic Disease Clinics are
- Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (sufferers should see the Practice Nurse yearly to check inhaler technique and ensure that treatment is optimised)
- Diabetes (sufferers should see the Practice Nurse yearly)
- Heart Disease (sufferers should see the Practice Nurse yearly)
- Hypertension – high blood pressure (sufferers should have their blood pressure checked every 6 months, alternating between the doctor and Practice Nurse)
- Epilepsy (sufferers should see the Practice Nurse yearly)
Other nursing services available
- Childhood Immunisations
- Travel Immunisations and advice
- Dietary advice
- Contraceptive advice
- Smoking Cessation Advice/Nicotine Replacement Therapy
- Cervical Smears
- Flu and Pneumonia Immunisation
- Well Man and woman checks
The Self Certificate form SC1 covers you for seven calendar days including Saturday. If you are ill longer than this you will need to see the doctor for a fit note. He or she can generally only date this form from the day he examines you. It cannot be backdated unless you have been seen recently by another doctor or at the hospital.
Fees are charged for services not covered by the NHS. These include private sick notes, insurance medicals, taxi and HGV medicals, BUPA or PPP forms, legal reports, some vaccinations for travel abroad, insurance forms, countersigning of passports etc. The reception staff can give you more details.
Advice by Telephone
If you need medical advice, you should telephone 275200, and the receptionist will be able to help by putting you in touch with one of our Triage Nurses, Sisters Boyd and Schofield. who works each weekday morning. Sister Boyd can give you advice about how to manage common medical problems at home, and, in the case of some illnesses, arrange a prescription. She can answer queries about your treatment, test results, medication etc that the receptionist cannot help with. She is a valuable source of medical information and if necessary can arrange for you to speak to or see a doctor.