Nurse Team

Advanced Nurse  & Nurse Practitioners

Appointments may be booked up to 6 weeks in advance

Sarah Witmond – Lead Nurse, Nurse Practitioner and Child Protection Lead. (Mondays + Thursdays)

Sarah has worked at the Practice for over 10 years. She is qualified in Adult and Paediatric nursing having initially specialised in Accident and Emergency medicine. Sarah started her nurse role in A&E then moved to a walk in clinic and then to Primary Care. She has an Hons Degree in Independent Practice and further qualifications as a nurse prescriber. She mainly sees patients who book on the day appointments with undiagnosed conditions.

 

Geraldine O’Leary – Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)

Geraldine started her nurse training back in 1986 and got her first job in elderly care at Queen Marys Hospital in Sidcup, where she stayed for 14 years eventually going into Acute Medicine. Upon leaving she went to Darent Valley Hospital in ITU and from there she decided to go into the community in Medway seeing patients discharged from hospital. Geraldine then became an Advanced Nurse Practitioner working for the out of hours team doing home visits to housebound patients with acute onset symptoms and it was then that she decided to move into the field of GP work once she had gained her MSc.

 

Sacha Clarke – Nurse Practitioner, Diabetic Lead (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)

Sacha previously worked as a District Nurse and is now extending her career by undertaking her Advanced Nurse Practitioner Training. Her current role includes working as part of the duty team, triaging and seeing patients on the day for emergencies but also visiting housebound patients who are unable to get to the surgery. Sacha also has a special interest in Diabetic Management.

 

Practice Nurses

Appointments may be booked up to 6 weeks in advance

Lisa Porter – Senior Practice Nurse (Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)

Lisa qualified in adult nursing in 2001, she worked on a general surgical ward for two years before moving into sexual health where she went on to gain qualifications in family planning and sexual health. Lisa worked as a practice nurse before moving to Kent in 2004, when she joined the Practice. She has undertook various training but mainly specialises in family planning, wound care and travel health. Lisa has recently completed a Diploma in Diabetes so will now make up the Diabetes Team along with our experienced nurse and two GP’s.

 

Janice Burgess – Practice Nurse  (Wednesday & Thursday)

Janice has been a Practice Nurse at the surgery for over 14 years, she specialises in Asthma/COPD. Janice has morning sessions available for Immunisation, Pill/HRT checks, Cervical cytology, Hormone implants, Dopplar scans, Wound management, B12 injections, Depo injections, Ear syringing, BP monitoring and Phlebotomy. Afternoon sessions that Janice offers are dedicated to Respiratory clinics for Annual reviews, Spirometry & diagnostic tests and assessments for Pulmonary Rehab. Prior to Practice Nursing Janice worked on a 40 bed Surgical Unit – for planned and emergency care for 20 years and 8 years in Palliative care at The Heart of Kent Hospice.

 

Jenna McCartney – Practice Nurse (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday)

Jenna studied nursing at Kings College London and previously worked for BMI Healthcare for over 10 years in varying roles then joined the practice in 2005. Having been with us for two years she has qualified in the basic practice nurse roles currently and does not undertake any chronic disease care. She mainly does childhood immunisations and cervical screening.

 

Marie Donaldson – Practice Nurse

 

Selorm Attakey – Trainee Practice  Nurse

 

Health Care Assistants (HCA’s)

Appointments may be booked up to 6 weeks in advance

Our HCA’s providing advice and assistance on a wide range of matters. These include but are not exclusively the following areas; Healthy living, Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Asthma, accidents, minor ailments, contraception and travel.

Claire Howell – Health Care Assistant (HCA) (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

Claire has been working in health care for over 16 years and she has been at the practice since 2013. She is able to take blood from adults and children over the age of 5 years. Claire can also does ECG’s, ear syringing, B12 injections, flu injections, hypertension reviews and NHS health checks. She also helps keep stock of all of the equipment needed at the surgery. Claire says has met many lovely patients and work colleagues during her time with us so far and looks forward to meeting many more.

 

Faye Shepperd – Health Care Assistant (HCA) (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

Faye has worked part time with the practice for quite a while and has recently (2017) joined full time. She undertakes all the HCA roles, including phlebotomy, audio-grams and smoking cessation. Faye is responsible for ordering supplies for the nurse team.

 

Luz Mary Watts – Health Care Assistant (HCA) (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

Luz has worked full time for the practice for over 10 years. She undertakes all roles of a HCA in primary care and is responsible for managing the INR clinic. Luz Mary also carries out ECG’s, audio-grams and NHS Health Checks.

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