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Welcome to Northdown Surgery 


Nurse Practitioners

Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP’s) are trained nurses who have undertaken extensive additional training to degree/masters level and are able to see patients who would otherwise need to see a doctor.

An ANP will be able to assess your problem or concern, then examine, diagnose and/or arrange any appropriate investigations or referrals for further care and issue prescriptions when needed. They also make home visits when needed for housebound patients.

Northdown Surgery is committed to teamwork and ANPs liaise, as appropriate, with doctors and other clinicians towards delivering the best care possible for patients.

Ms Robina Forrest (f)

Advanced Nurse Practitioner


Robina qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1994 and initially worked in theatres at QEQMH. After gaining a BSc in midwifery in 1997 she worked as a Registered Midwife in both Margate and Canterbury.


In 1999, Robina moved into General Practice as a Practice Nurse whilst completing the Nurse Independent Prescribing qualification in 2007 and the MSc in First Contact Care in 2009, which then enabled her to practice as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in three GP surgeries in Thanet and Canterbury and also worked in a community sexual health clinic.


Her specialist interests include contraception and sexual health, diabetes, and anticoagulation management.  She also holds a teaching qualification.


 

Mr Kevin John (m)

Paramedic Practitioner

I started my NHS service in 1996 at margate hospital as a health care assistant in the operarting department. I moved on to join the ambulance service in 2000 as an ambulance techician and a few years later completing the IHCD paramedic course. I then later attended St Georges Medical school in London over a 2 year period to complete my professional practice in health and social care diploma.

Mrs Viv Smith (f)

Paramedic Practitioner Viv joined us as from SECAMB working with the ambulance emergency service.

Her qualifications are:

Paramedic Science Foundation Degree

Professional Practice in Health and Social Care Degree (Hons)

Nurses

Our Practice Nurses deal with a range of nursing services including:

  • Assisting in the management of chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and coronary heart disease
  • Vaccinations and Immunisations
  • Dressing of wounds
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Electro Cardio Graphs (ECGs)
  • Blood tests
  • Cervical Cytology (Smear tests)
  • Dietary advice and weight management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Travel advice & vaccinations (there may be a fee for this service)
Mrs Claire Heatley (f)

Practice Nurse Lead

Mrs Julie Sharp (f)

Healthcare Assistants

Our Healthcare Assistants undertake a comprehensive training programme and work alongside the Doctors and Practice Nurses. They are able to undertake minor dressings, blood pressure checks, weight checks, ECGs and phlebotomy (blood tests).

Miss Mollie Ramsden (f)
 
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