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Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Antibody testing is being rolled out in Suffolk and North East Essex in a safe and phased way. It has begun within our hospitals.  We will keep you updated as to when this test is available to wider staff and patient groups.  Meanwhile, please may we request that you do not ask your GP about availability.  Please also note that as this is a new disease we don’t yet know if having antibodies means you are immune. 

Nurse Practitioners

Angela Bloomfield (f)

RGN, BSC (Hons) Nurse Practitioner, NP Degree

A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced nursing practitioner, who makes professionally autonomous decisions, assessing patients with undiagnosed problems, based on highly-developed nursing knowledge and skills, including skills not usually exercised by nurses, such as physical examination.

NPs are able to order necessary investigations, provide treatment and care both individually, as part of a team, and through referral to other agencies.

Nurses

The Practice provides an integrated Nursing Service with close liaison between Practice Nurses working at the Health Centre and District Nurses who see patients at home.

The nurses provide a comprehensive service of nursing, health promotion and preventative medicine.  The Practice Nurses have had specific training to care for patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and other chest diseases, contraception, depression and many other conditions.

Nurses are able to advise you if they feel your problems is within their training and competence.  Please feel free to seek their advice at any time - there is a nurse on duty at the Surgery for most of the working day and you can also make appointments to see a nurse in her own clinic.

The nurses run a series of important clinics.  In the Treatment Room our nurses and health care assistants also carry out blood tests, ECGs, dressings, ear syringe, suture removal etc.  Please ask at reception for information.

Shannon Connell (f)

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Nurse Elizbeth Clifton

Healthcare Assistants

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