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Nurses

Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

  • Leon Richford, Area of Interest: Men’s Health
  • Samantha Mellor
  • Susan Sharp
  • Leanne Williams

An ANP is a Registered Nurse with additional training for performing tasks – such as diagnosing and prescribing – which are customarily performed by a Physician. A Registered Nurse is educated to Masters Level in Advanced Practice, and assessed as competent in practice using expert knowledge and skills. They have freedom to act and make their own decisions in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of those in their care and are capable of independent practice in a variety of settings. Their role will be tailored not only by their training but their clinical experience as Senior Practitioners. In General Practice, ANPs can consult and work independently but will consult medical colleagues when they need advice.

Practice Nurses

  • Karen Armitage, (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)
    Clinical area of Interest: Long Term Condition Planning and Minor Illness
  • Hazel Downie, (Friday)
  • Loren Carter (Nurse Associate)

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

The Nursing Team run various Nurse-led clinics for diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease and COPD as well as providing general nursing services, dressings, removal of sutures and blood tests.

Healthcare Assistants (including Phlebotomy)

  • Tracy Taylor
  • Sharon Hicks

Often the busiest staff in practice, with the highest number of patient contacts each day. Healthcare Assistants assist in patient care and Practice related duties. Our Healthcare Assistants are highly experienced professionals working collaboratively with the General Practice Team to meet the needs of patients, and provide essential clinical task-orientated services like taking blood samples (phlebotomy); wound care; processing specimens, giving vaccinations; offering lifestyle support, advice and guidance for example: weight management and stop smoking services; performing ECGs (to measure heart function) and spirometry (to measure lung function); not to mention leading on practice infection prevention and control.  They play a crucial role in delivering key services for patient healthcare.