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Nurse Practitioners

Miss April McBride (f)
Mrs Susan Harris (f)
Mrs Susan Haden (f)

Nurses

Sister Rita Blackmore

RGN certificate in Diabetes Management

Sister Andrea Webster (f)

Practice Nurse

Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice and blood pressure checks. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.

Healthcare Assistants

Caroline Rigby
Ashley Crook

Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) are involved in direct patient care or investigations. They do not have a medical or any nursing qualification and therefore work under the instruction doctor and nurse led protocols.

The role of the healthcare assistant is an innovation in the National Health Service and there are an increasing number of such staff in many areas of healthcare including general practice. Their role is being developed to address an increasing shift of work to general practice and their duties include performing investigations requested by clinicians (usually the doctor or nurse) such as phlebotomy (blood taking), blood pressure, weight and height monitoring, urinalysis, pill checks, spirometry and ECG (testing only – not interpretation), Glucose Tolerance Testing and INR (Warfarin) finger-prick testing.

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