A health visitor is a registered nurse who has undertaken further specialist training. The Health Visitors work with families, individuals, and groups in the local community to promote health and well-being.
They provide family support around: parenting, behaviour problems in childhood, sleep problems, child health, development, and diet, managing minor illnesses, child protection, accident prevention, sexual health and contraception, domestic violence and relationships, postnatal depression, special needs children, loss, and bereavement.
A district nurse is registered nurse who has undertaken further training in nursing care in the community.
The district nursing team consists of District Nurses, Community Staff Nurses and Health Care Assistants.
It provides planned care to patients over 16 years of age in their own homes and to gives support to carers, in order to maintain care at home whenever possible.
Services they provide include holistic assessment of nursing needs, wound management, continence care, injections, blood tests, symptoms control in palliative care and end of life nursing.
The team works closely with the GP’s, other health workers and agencies. They are able to prescribe certain medications. The service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The midwife is a specially trained nurse who looks after ladies during pregnancy (antenatal) and for the short time following the babies birth (post natal). A midwife also takes care of mum and baby during delivery at the hospital or occasionally at home.
The Midwife holds a clinic at the Horne St every Monday & Wednesday morning.
As soon as you find out you are pregnant it is important to get in touch with your midwife. You can contact a midwife direct on 01422 261364. The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy is the most important time in your baby’s development. Early contact with a midwife will help you to make the right choices for you and your baby.
The midwife will carry out routine checks to ensure mother and baby are well and will work closely with GP’s and the hospital to ensure that the best care is given to each patient. The midwife will also advise of local classes that expectant parents can attend to prepare themselves for the birth and for looking after a new baby.
The Podiatrist holds a clinic here on a Wednesday afternoon for our Diabetic patients.
A pharmacist not only dispenses medicines, but they can offer a Minor Aliment Service where they can help patients deal with such things as diarrhea, hay fever, headaches, head lice, colds, and fevers etc. They may also offer you a Medicines Use Review to check that you are getting the best from the medication you are taking (prescribed and over the counter) this gives you the opportunity to ask questions you may have. Most local pharmacies also offer a collection and delivery service for prescriptions. Please ask your pharmacist about the services they offer.
We also have First Contact Physiotherapists operating at both of out sites, Boulevard and Horne street surgery throughout the week.