We have a team of deicated medical professionals that support our doctors in the running of Dearne Valley Health Centre including Practice Nurses and Healthcare Assistants, as well as attached medical staff such as District Nurses, Health Visitors and Physiotherapists who we can refer you to
Practice Nurse Team
The Practice Nurse Team consists of Kate Pattinson and Mandy Lockwood
Kate and Mandy are Registered General Nurses. If you are unsure whether you will need to see a nurse or doctor, ask a receptionist who will make the appropriate appointment for you.
In recent years, the role of nurses in General Practice surgeries has greatly expanded, and the illnesses and conditions that they can deal with have increased. The Practice Nurses undertake various immunisations including childhood, travel, influenza and tetanus.
The Practice Nurses' general duties include wound dressings, ECG monitoring, Cervical Smears, Ear Care and lots more! They also hold the following clinics:-
- Family planning
- Health promotion and education
- Removal of stitches
- Some of our nurses have special skills in smoking cessation, dietary advice and teenage health.
Our nursing team works together to improve and maintain your good health.
We have two healthcare assistants based at the surgery, Michelle Butler and Helen Peace, to assist in the management and care of many conitions such as changing wound dressings and taking blood.
Extended Practice Team
The Practice team extends to provide other services, with regular clinics at the Health Centre or at other local centres:
- Health Visitors
- Community Nurses
- Podiatry (Chiropody)
- Phlebotomy (blood taking)
District nurses play a crucial role in caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. If you have an illness or incapacity that means that you need nursing care in your own home, the community nurse, will visit you. Patients who are likely to benefit from this service include the housebound, the elderly, people with a terminal illness, and those who have recently been discharged from hospital. District nurses provide wound care, palliative care, continence advice, health promotion advice and advice on co-ordinating care packages. If you move permanently into a care home locally, the district nurse may be able to continue your care. Your GP may also be able to continue to care for you, or a number of GPs may provide services for the residents of local care homes.
As well as providing direct patient care, district nurses also work with patients to enable them to care for themselves or with family members teaching them how to give care to their relatives.
District nurses are vital in keeping hospital admissions and readmissions to a minimum and ensuring that patients can return to their own homes as soon as possible.
The District Nursing service aims to deliver the following for our patients:
- Nursing assessment to housebound patients and those requiring care in a home setting e.g. post surgical dressings, palliative care.
- To prevent unnecessary hospital admission and facilitate early discharge
- To assess individuals holistically
- To promote health independence and well being
The service includes:
- Palliative/ terminal care and bereavement support
- Wound care and leg ulcer management
- Continence assessments
- Provision & monitoring of nursing equipment and medical devices
- Administration of medication by injection
- Diabetic care
- Catheter care
- Stoma care
- Flu/pneumoccoccal vaccinations
- Ring pessarys
- Vacuum assisted wound therapy
Patients, relatives or carers can contact these services by calling the District nurse team on 0300 304 5555
The Health Visitors are part of the NHS Community Health Services. They provide a universal ill health prevention and health promotion service for all families with children under the age of five years in their own homes and in community settings such as children's centres.
Health visiting teams lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme (HCP), providing services covering pregnancy and the first five years of life.
Families can access the health visiting service by a variety of routes - themselves, through children’s centres or their GP surgery. No referral is necessary – any woman who is pregnant will automatically have contact with her health visitor, as should families with young children who move into the area. Health visiting is not an emergency service, and does not have an ‘out of hours’ service.
The Health Visiting team can be contacted on 0303 330 9974.