Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.
Gill Savage - Nurse Practitioner - works Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
I qualified in 1981 at Middlesbrough General Hospital and I worked in medicine and coronary care for several years before joining the practice in 1990. I have since gained diplomas in family planning, diabetes, asthma, COPD and coronary heart disease. I went back to University in 1995 and completed a BSc Hons in Community Nursing with additional qualifications in clinical skills and prescribing. My main areas of interest are women’s health and long term conditions.
Bronwen Mitchell - Practice Nurse - Works Tuesday - Friday
I qualified at Level One in 1978 at West Lane School of Nursing. I have since worked as a nurse in Australia and then back at Middlesbrough General Hospital. I joined the Cambridge Medical Group in 1994 and have since gained a Level 2 in Nursing RGN and have asthma, family planning and ischaemic heart disease secondary prevention diplomas. I also have skills in travel health.
Melanie Gray - Practice Nurse - Works Monday - Friday (mornings only)
I qualified as a General Nurse in 1984 after completing my training with Hartlepool Health Authority. After spending a couple of years staffing at Hartlepool Hospital I spent some time working in London at Great Ormand Street Hospital, University College Hospital and Queen Mary’s. After some agency community work in South London I came back up North and worked at North Tees, Hartlepool and James Cook Hospitals. I did two years or so on nights at hospice and nursing homes and finally found my way to Cambridge Medical Group, where I have been for the last 11 years.
Barbara Thomas - Practice Nurse Works Monday, Thursday and Friday
I qualified as an enrolled nurse in 1976 and worked in Hemlington Hospital and Ear, Nose and Throat at the North Riding Infirmary. After having a break for child care I then worked at Belle Vue Nursing Home for a number of years. I joined the practice in 2006 as a treatment room nurse. My main areas of expertise are primary prevention of coronary heart disease, wound care and ear assessment.
Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.
Healthcare Assistants - Debbie Foster
H.C.A NVQ Level 3
I joined the practice in October 2000 as a part time receptionist. About two years later I trained as a phlebotomist and then enhanced my post by attending Teesside University to gain an NVQ3 in Health & Social Care. I now work part time as a Health Care Assistant and enjoy my job very much