The Community Nursing Sister and Staff Nurses are in regular contact with the practice, covering the same practice area. They provide care and counselling at the request of the Doctor for all who are confined to their own homes. Patients under their care can contact them via the receptionists.
A Midwife is attached to the practice and usually holds a weekly ante-natal clinic in the surgery. Initial contact and booking of these appointments should be made through the surgery receptionists.
Health Visitors are Qualified Nurses who have received Specialist Training in Child and Family Health. Early detection of ill-health, monitoring of growth and development and Health Promotion are their responsibility, with particular reference to mothers, babies and the under 5’s.
They liaise closely with the following:
- Other members of the Nursing Team
- Children’s Centres
- Professions allied to medicine such as:
- Speech Therapists
- Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators
- Social Workers
The Health Visitor has knowledge of the facilities and resources available to families and children in the area.
A trained Counsellor for support and exploration of emotional problems is available through your doctor. The Counsellor can be seen in the surgery. Should you have to cancel your counsellor appointment you should call reception.
Other Community Staff
The following are available by arrangement through your doctor or district nurse:
- Occupational Therapist
- Diabetic Dietician
- Diabetic Podiatrist
Data Protection and Your Medical Records
The Practice fully complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. Under the Act patients have a right to be informed whether personal data about them is being processed and have the right of access to the data.
Patients can review the data processed and formal applications for access should be made in writing to the Practice Manager. A fee may be charged for this.