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Community Midwives

Our midwives are fully qualified general nurses who have extensive training and experience with all matters concerning pregnancy and care of the new-born.  They have an office at the Alfred Bean Hospital.  They can advise you on all aspects of maternity care.  They run parent craft classes, antenatal clinics and postnatal groups.

Community Nurses

There are four senior district nurses attached to the practice.  They lead a nursing team which is comprised of registered general nurses, district enrolled nurses and nursing auxiliaries.  This team works alongside the GPs, practice nurses, health visitors and specialist nurses as well as social services and voluntary organisations.

You can leave a message for the district nurses Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 16:00 on 01377 208759 (answer machine).  If you need a district nurse at the weekend please ring the above number and leave a message.

When you first see the district nurse, a care plan will be drawn up with you to assess your needs.  This care will be given by the nursing team.  However, if your needs cannot be met by them they will refer you to other agencies or give you advice about where to go for help.

The district nursing service is provided for a wide range of people who are housebound, with different needs and can assist with the following:

  • Administration of injections
  • Bowel and catheter care
  • Stoma care and advice
  • Care of the terminally ill
  • Wound dressings
  • Incontinence advice
  • Diabetic monitoring
  • Advice to carers
  • Health promotion and teaching to disabled people and their carers

The team have access to equipment and aids to make life a lot easier for patients and their carers.

Health Visitors

A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social wellbeing.

Attached Staff

Mental Health

The practice is supported by the community psychiatric team.  The client is usually referred by the GP or any other member of the primary health care team.

Counselling Services

The counsellor deals with stress, anxiety, depression and other problems.  If you would like to see her, discuss this with your doctor who will make the first appointment for you.

Dietician

Dietetic services are available at the Alfred Bean Hospital on a regular basis.

 
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