Bramblehaies SurgeryCollege RoadCullomptonDevon, EX15 1TZ Tel: 01884 33536
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MBBS (Adelaide, 1981), MRCGP
BM (Southampton, 1988) DCH, DRCOG, MRCGP
MBBS (London, 1988) MRCGP
M.B.B.S. (Newcastle 2007), M.R.C.G.P (2016), D.R.C.O.G.
MBBS. M.R.C.G.P. D.R.C.O.G
Our Nurse Practitioner, Penny, assists the doctors on a daily basis, dealing with acute and chronic illnesses, along with a focus on prevention, wellness and education.
The nurses, Jennie, Heidi, Charlotte and Amy, run the treatment room and perform a wide variety of nursing tasks. Our nurses also run the asthma, diabetic, coronary heart disease and new patient health check clinics.
Our Health Care Assistants are trained to undertake blood pressure checks, blood samples, ECG recording, urine testing and flu/pneumococcal immunisations.
The Practice Manager is involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice including human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology. The Practice Manager supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and also helps to develop extended services to enhance patient care.
Our IM&T Support Administrator ensures all of our equipment runs efficiently, and continually strives to harness new IT developments.
Our Medical Secretary provides a full typing service to all of our GPs and acts as the link for patients for all referrals, access to record requests and private fee work.
Our Office Supervisor, Barbara, is responsible for the supervision of reception staff, their roles, positions, and ensuring adequate staffing levels, as well as the smooth running of the office environment. Also responsible for the appointment system and she is the main link between the practice and PCSE for patient registrations and the movement of medical records.
Our receptionists have a vital but difficult task as the link between the patients and the doctors trying to keep both sides happy. Anyone who watches them on a Monday morning will realise the difficulties involved, and still they keep smiling!
Community nurses are an integral part of the primary care team. You can contact them direct at the Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health or via the practice. They can offer practical help in areas of home nursing, continence problems, leg ulcers, dressings and terminal care. Often they work in close conjunction with other health professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, chiropodists and members of social services.
The midwives undertake antenatal clinics on Tuesday afternoons usually. The midwives also run parenting classes - a chance to prepare. Most of our patients have their babies either in the maternity unit at Tiverton Hospital, or in the consultant unit at Exeter. Subsequent 6 week post natal checks are performed at the surgery by the GP.
The Health Visiting Team for this practice is based in the Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health along with the other community nurses. The health visitors within the team are all qualified nurses with specialist training and experience in child health, health promotion, health education and public health. Their work with families is supported by the community health workers who have also undertaken specialist training.
The health visiting team generally supports families with children under 5 years and run weekly baby/child health clinics in Cullompton, Uffculme, Willand and fortnightly in Bradninch. They also work closely with the school health team which is also based at the Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health.
The health visiting team works closely with the Culm Valley Children's Centre and from here a breast feeding support group is run and weaning talks are arranged monthly. Baby and child developmental reviews are generally held at either the Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health or at the Children's Centre in Cullompton or Uffculme.
The Health Visitor for this practice is Rachel Carr and the School Nurse is Sandra Williamson.
We greatly value the services of trained physiotherapists, who are based at the Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health. If appropriate, the doctor or nurse may suggest that you see them. Also if you wish to consult them, please ask at reception.
They can give advice and treatment for any musculo-skeletal problem that has occurred, such as a sporting injury or work related complaint. This includes the neck, lower back and peripheral joints or muscles. They can also offer advice to prevent problems that may occur due to poor ergonomics at work.
This role has developed over the past few years. Ruth Tucker previously coordinated an exercise prescription scheme at our local gym as an initiative between local surgeries and the local Council. She came to Bramblehaies after originally being employed solely at College Surgery. As Health Facilitator, Ruth helps and sees patients both at College Surgery and Bramblehaies Surgery. Her main current roles include:
Access to Ruth is via referral, as the service is time-limited at present – there are plans for a federated approach to social prescription where time would be increased.
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