Ms A Robinson
The role of the practice nurse has expanded greatly over the years and in addition to the traditional nursing duties our staff are trained in health education, disease prevention and management of chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes. An increasing part of your routine healthcare will be provided by the practice nurses. The practice nurses are available by appointments and can be booked via the reception team.
Health Care Assistant
The role of the health care assistant is to support the nursing team and they are responsible for your general health maintenance checks including blood pressure, height, weight, and other required tests that the GP's request.
Practice Based Pharmacist
Here at the surgery we have practice-based pharmacists that have an input in your care for medication purposes. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are healthcare professionals registered with the general pharmaceutical council and have long established roles in community pharmacy, secondary care and commissioning.
In general practice the pharmacist and pharmacy technicians are supporting pharmacists and GP’s to focus on advanced skills by undertaking tasks such as adding your medication from a hospital discharge, managing prescription queries, re-authorising repeat medication, managing acute medication requests and synchronising prescription items where needed. Should you wish to obtain medicine information the pharmacy team can be of assistance and from time to time they will carry out some changes to medication in line with the medicine management.
The Reception team will signpost your medication query to the pharmacist’s team when you contact the surgery to make this request, please give them as much information as possible to assist the request.
Social prescribing is a way for local agencies to refer patients to a link worker. Link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They contact people in the community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.
Link workers also support existing community groups to be accessible and sustainable, and help people to start new groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.
Social Prescribing works for a wide range of people including people:
- With one or more long term conditions
- Who need support with their mental health
- Who are lonely and isolated
- Who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing
When social prescribing works well, people can be easily referred to link workers from a wide range of local agencies including General Practice, Pharmacies, Fire Services, Police, Job Centre, Social Care Services, Housing associations. Self-referral is encouraged.
Social prescribing complements other approaches such as active signposting. This is a ‘Light Touch’ approach where existing staff in local agencies provide information to signpost people to services, using local knowledge and resource directories. Active signposting works best for people who are confident and skilled enough to find their own way to services after brief intervention.
Practice Based Paramedic
We have a number of Practice based Paramedics that work alongside our clinical team to deliver the best possible care to our patients in a range of different ways.
The Paramedics may attend Home Visits with the clinical staff and assist with Care Home patients and their long-term care and will be involved in the ward rounds that are carried out as part of our practice responsibilities.
The Paramedics also have the capacity to access, diagnose and plan patients care including acute and chronic conditions. The paramedics may also be involved in a patient’s medication and may prescribe in accordance to the patient needs, the paramedic may also be able to give information and advise on prescribed or over the counter medication, discuss regimes and side effects.
The paramedics can prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations including emergency care.
The Health Visitors will be pleased to advise you on your concerns for your family’s health.
If you need a home visit for nursing treatment please telephone (01405) 764755 and leave a message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.