The Practice has a team to take care of you.  This includes additional, and sometimes more specialised, support.  We ask that you are open to the idea of seeing other health professionals to support you.

Patient Advisors

(previously Receptionists)

Help with: Healthcare navigation, booking appointments and dealing with home visit requests and general enquiries, sick note requests and new patients and online registrations.
Medical SecretariesHelp with: Referrals and Letters
Prescription ClerksHelp with: Prescription Enquiries
Practice PharmacistsHelp with: Medication reviews and queries.
Practice NursesHelp with: Living with chronic diseases support, minor injuries, immunisations, travel vaccines and wound care etc
General Practice Assistants (were HCAs)Help with: ECG’s and blood pressure monitoring, they also do b12 and flu injections and health checks
Advanced Nurse PractitionersHelp with: Diagnosing, referring & prescribing for many different ailments such as ear infections, chest infections, rashes, urine infection etc. and liaising with care homes.
Locum GPsHelp with: On the day GP appointments, telephone calls and visits. They can also help with referrals.
Usual GPHelps with: Co-ordinates patient care, deals with on the day GP appointments, telephone calls and visits and deals with referrals.
Practice Management Our practice Finance Manager and HR manager can be contacted if you have any queries, comments or recommendations concerning the running of the practice.
Social Prescriber Can assist you to make positive changes to your health and well-being and can provide links to local activities and services.
Paramedic Help with: Home Visits each day, and acute problems. They are an important part of our ‘on the day’ team, who have many years of history and knowledge behind them.

General Practice across the UK has had to make a lot of changes in recent years, especially as it has become more and more difficult to recruit new GPs. Like many other practices, we have had to look outside the box and broaden our clinical team beyond just Doctors and Practice Nurses.

We now have a top clinical team of General Practitioners (GPs), Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs), Paramedics, A Nurse Consultant (NC), Practice Nurses (PNs), GP Assistants (GPAs), a Pharmacist and an Advanced Musculoskeletal Practitioner.

We have had to take a step back and look at the huge amount of work previously only carried out by GPs and ask the question ‘What could be done by a different clinician?’ The answer is that a great deal can be done by other clinicians.

The ANPs are very highly qualified in advanced general practice (now with a minimum of 5 years clinical training) and many have additional qualifications in specialist areas. This means that they are more than capable of dealing with the vast majority of minor ailments and complaints, as well as long term condition support and care. This means that the GPs’ workload can be reduced so that they can focus on those matters which really need to be seen by a GP. We understand that many people have only ever been treated locally by a GP and that the changes we have had to make have been difficult to accept. However, many patients also recognise that things do have to change and have been very pleased with the support, care and treatment they have been receiving from our ANPs.

ANPs have been introduced across the country and not just in General Practice. Many Emergency Departments now employ ANPs (including St Mary’s), and you are most likely to be seen by an ANP instead of a Doctor if you have to attend.

Our ANPs are able to prescribe medication and treatments, and are able to refer to the secondary care departments in just the same way as our GPs can. If you are offered an appointment with an ANP this is because we know that they will be able to help you. If the ANP who sees you feels that they would like a GP to also see you they will be able to arrange this during your appointment – we have a HUB GP each day who is available to support the ANPs.

Information about our Nurse Consultant, the GPAs, Paramedics and our Pharmacist can be found below:

Dr Andrew Bowen – Clinical Director
Dr Stephen Selby
Dr Adnan Asghar
Dr Sharjeel Soomro

Our Nurse Consultant Di Goring is a highly trained and skilled clinician.  Her primary focus is on supporting our older patients with their care needs, providing full clinical support for patients with long term conditions, dementia, home visits etc.

Our Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) are specially trained and highly qualified in assessment, diagnosis and treatment including prescribing, if necessary, for a wide range of common minor illnesses and injuries.

They are qualified to handle the majority of minor and common medical problems and most of our same day urgent appointment requests go to them.  They have a number of pre-bookable appointments each week in addition to same day urgent matters.

Sonya Allen
Katrina Fry
Jillian Lawson
Sarah Simpson

We have a team of Paramedics whose main role is to support our ANPs, and our Nurse Consultant, and will be the first in line to go our on Urgent Home Visits each day. They are an important part of our ‘on the day’ team, who have many years of history and knowledge behind them.

Steve Barclay
Mark Lawson
Tholi Wood

The practice nurse team is available by appointment at Brookside Health Centre, Monday to Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00 – 5.30pm through a series of regular clinics.

Our nurse-led clinics include asthma, COPD, diabetes, routine vaccinations, dressings,   management of Warfarin and DOAC clinics, family planning and travel vaccines.

We have a team of General Practice Assistants (GPAs) in the practice, who are either Clinical or Clerical in nature. They have regular clinics including blood pressure checks and over 75s health checks.  They also assist with minor procedures and provide a chaperone service as required.  The GPAs also manage the Patient POD in reception, 24-hour BP monitoring, ECGs, and process urine test results.

We have a full time Clinical Pharmacist, Andy Brandham, in the Practice who undertakes medication reviews with patients.  If you need to discuss your medication, particularly if you are taking several different medicines, you can make an appointment to see the pharmacist.

The MSK Practitioners are able to deal with a large variety of aches and pains, and can also prescribe medication as well as administer steroid injections.

Carina Eccles and Vivienne Punter are the Practice Managers, they both have slightly different roles but they are both responsible for the administration of the practice. Both Carina and Viv would be happy to hear your views and suggestions about the services offered by the practice.

Patient Advisors have an important role in patient communication and liaison; they do a lot more than meet and greet, or book appointments.  They can support on navigating your way around the NHS or community services, appointment and home visit requests, sick note requests, enquiries about results and new patient and on–line registrations.

The Doctors and other clinicians have instructed the Patient Advisors to ask patients for a brief reason why they need to be seen, have a home visit, or request a telephone consultation. 

The Patient Advisors have been trained to ask certain questions in order to:

  • help the doctors prioritise home visits and phone calls
  • ensure patients receive appropriate medical care or help at an appropriate time
  • direct patients to see an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or other health professional, rather than a doctor where appropriate

Patient Advisors, like all members of the team, are bound by confidentiality rules.  All of our staff are required to adhere to GDPR standards and any information given by you is treated with the strictest confidence.

The practice reception is staffed when the Health Centre is open, and our Patient Advisors will be your first contact with the practice and will ask you for further details. This is to ensure that we can assist you as efficiently as possible and to ensure you are seen by an appropriately qualified clinician.

The Patient Advisor may not be able to give you exactly what you want in terms of who you see and when. The Practice has a finite number of available GP and other clinical appointments. Once these appointments have been booked it is not possible to create new appointments for you. We ask that every caller shows respect and understanding when speaking with our Patient Advisors who work very hard to assist you.

The Patient Advisors are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as doctors and nurses. All patient information on written/computer records will be regarded as confidential and will only be passed to other health professionals on a need-to-know basis.

HR Manager – Vivienne Punter

Finance Manager – Carina Eccles

Managing Director – Clive Oliver

Clinical Director – Dr Andrew Bowen