All the registered nurses have individual areas of expertise.
Charlotte Bainbridge is the overall Clinical lead nurse who is responsible for training and supervising nursing care. Heather Warwick is the Clinical Nurse lead for Diabetes. Mary Ibbotson is the Prostate Lead. Sharon Caitlin is the Respiratory Nurse Lead
All of them help run appointments for both general nursing services and for specialised clinics. Appointments are made via the receptionists.
Patients can make an appointment with the nurse without seeing their doctor for minor injuries, general or holiday immunisation or vaccination advice and for ear-syringing.
However, patients must see their doctor first before blood tests or special tests or investigations can be arranged. Patients may be asked by their doctor, or invited by letter, to attend special clinics run by the Practice nurses that monitor chronic conditions such as Heart disease, Asthma, Diabetes and Hypertension - or for monitoring medication such as Contraception or Hormonal Replacement therapy.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Helen Cruickshanks works alongside our GPs offering a minor illness clinic for advice and treatment of fever, urinary tract infections, sickness and diarrhoea and other minor ailments. She also supports the nursing team in surgery looking after leg ulcer patients.
Health Care Assistant
Karen Donovan and Esther Edwards our Health Care Assistants, are able to carry out ECG’s, audiograms, new patient checks, blood pressure checks, suture removal and basic dressing. Karen also has a special interest in supporting patients to stop smoking and also offers NHS Health checks to eligible patients.
Charlotte Bainbridge, Lead Nurse:
Charlotte is the Clinical Lead Nurse who is responsible for training and supervising nurse care at Davenport House.
Helen Cruickshanks, Advanced Nurse Practitioner:
Helen has recently undertaken training to develop skills in minor illness. She now works alongside the GPs to offer minor illness clinics for advice and treatment of fever, urinary tract infections, sickness and diarrhoea and other minor ailments. She leads on care planning for patients and will offer lifestyle advice and support to help patients remain in their own homes and avoid unnecessary hospital admission. She also supports the nursing team in Surgery looking after leg ulcer patients.
Heather Warwick, Practice Nurse:
Heather has been a Practice Nurse at Davenport House for 12 years and prior to that worked at the Spire Hospital in Harpenden. In addition to general nursing services, Heather is the Lead Nurse for diabetes at the Surgery. She enjoys opening her garden for the National Garden Scheme, walking her Labrador and has recently just walked the Yorkshire Dales.
Mary Ibbotson, Practice Nurse:
Mary has worked at Davenport House for 8 years and works in the general treatment room 4 days a week. Before this she took time off to have children and prior to that worked in a cardiology unit at Barts Hospital. She has recently attended courses on cancer care in the community and is interested in developing this role further at the Surgery.
Her interests include keeping fit and she has recently run her first (and possibly last!) half marathon.
Sharon Caitlin, Practice Nurse:
Rosie Fairhurst, Practice Nurse:
Karen Donovan, Health Care Assistant:
Our HCA Karen is able to carry out ECGs, audiograms, new patient checks, blood pressure checks, suture removal and basic dressing. Karen is also the Smoking Cessation Lead for the Practice.