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Nurse Practitioners

Sophie Casey
Sophie trained as a Registered Nurse in 1989 at Queen Marys University hospital in London. In 1995 she moved to Cornwall and worked as a Practice Nurse. Although Sophie enjoyed nursing she was always very keen to study medicine and had the opportunity in 1997 to undertake a MSc at The University of Exeter University hospital and trained as a Nurse Practitioner. This training by General Practitioners enables her to treat all conditions which may present to General Practice and to prescribe medications. In 2010 Sophie became one of the partners at Pool Health Centre. Sophie is married with two children and is an active member of her local church.
Helen Scott

Helen has worked at the practice for over 10 years.

Nurse Practitioners are able to diagnose and prescribe illness in a similar way to doctors and can care for patients with most acute illnesses.  A large proportion of the practice's appointments which are available to book on the day will be with a nurse practitioner.  Such appointments are ideal for patients with recent onset of symptoms and doctors are always on hand should their advice be needed.
Ms Karen Jenkin (f)

Karen is a Nurse Practitioner with many years experience as an ambulance paramedic, minor injury unit nurse and out-of-hours Nurse Practitioner.  Karen joined the practice in 2015, initially to help cover the sabbatical absence of our Acute Illness Nurse, and has continued to work with us ever since.  Karen helps to look after patients requiring an appointment that day, either face-to-face or on the telephone. 

Nurses

Liz Cousins
Debbie Eccles
Sarah Ford
Stephanie Whyte

Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. Some can also consult patients with day to day illnesses and prescribe certain medications. Sarah Ford sees patients in our Acute Illness clinic. Practice Nurses can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, vaccinations, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.

Health Practitioners

Alex Bray

Assistant Practitioner

Assistant Practitioners support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as dressings and pressure bandaging, diabetic checks, spirometry, some injections, phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as diabetic checks, spirometry, some injections, phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

Phlebotomists

Ann Curtis
Carol Whitham
Phlebotomists primarily see patients requiring blood tests, but some also undertake specialist INR tests for patients on warfarin or other blood thinning drugs.  Phlebotomists are also trained to undertake ECGs and support the nursing team with other clinical tasks such as urine testing.
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