Our philosophy of care
We believe in the benefits of continuity of care and a “usual Doctor” will be responsible for each patient, although patients can choose to see any Doctor.
We believe in developing the skills of our team, therefore we have encouraged our Nursing team to study for higher qualifications and to gain specialist skills. Deborah Smith and Paul Berry are Advanced Nurse Practitioners qualified to assess, prescribe and provide care to patients with both acute and long term conditions.
Sister Lisa Millar is a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Prescriber and is qualified to assess, treat and prescribe for minor conditions. Sister Millar is also our COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), and Asthma Nurse.
Our Healthcare Assistants are Gillian Turner, Joanne Gallagher and Laura Bate. They have received training to carry out a range of clinical measurements & procedures including blood pressure monitoring, and spirometry, hearing and ECG tests.
Patient information is shared between clinical professionals as part of your care. All staff are bound by a confidentiality undertaking. The only exception to patient confidentiality is related to child protection, when there is a legal obligation to disclose any concerns. Anonymised data is used by the NHS for ‘Health of the Nation’ research. Some computerised patient records can now be securely transferred between practices when you transfer from one practice to another.
Consent to treatment
If you present at the practice for a booked appointment for a procedure (for example a vaccination) you will be deemed to have consented for treatment. In some cases, for instance minor surgery procedures, your signed consent is required.