Spring Gardens Group Medical Practice prides itself upon a welcoming, friendly Practice team who are committed to looking after our patients' needs and delivering high quality, compassionate care. From Senior Management, to a Pharmacist, a Medical Secretary, Practice Nurse or GP, every member of our close-working team plays a vital role in ensuring that you are well looked after if, and when, you need us.
|Sister Helen Carney (f)|
Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and Practice Nurse Manager
RGN, MSc Advanced Practice
Spring Gardens have been lucky to have Helen working here as a Nurse since 1998, providing our patients with her wealth of Primary Care experience. Helen currently works as an ANP, mostly seeing patients who request appointments that day, for acute illnesses. However, she also continues to do some Nurse-led management of long term conditions such as Diabetes, Asthma and COPD. Helen has wide experience and special interest in Diabetes.
|Sister Jenny Bishop (f)|
Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
RGN, MSc Advanced Practice, PGCE, BSc Hons, Dip HE
Jenny has worked as a Nurse at Spring Gardens Group Medical Practice since 2014. She is now a highly skilled Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP), seeing patients who request appointments on that day, for acute and minor illnesses. Jenny has a special interest in all nursing areas surrounding Family planning - including contraception and sexual health matters.
|Nurse Heidi Kirby (f)|
Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) trainee
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), INMP, PgDip. Palliative Care, Advanced Univeristy Diplomas in General Practice Nursing & Management of Long Term Conditions, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (pending)
Heidi has been a member of the Practice nursing team since 2016. Heidi has an impressively wide range of nursing experience, with her clinical background ranging from Nephrology (health of the kidneys), to Neonatal Intensive Care and School Immunisations. She is interested in all aspects of general practice and family medicine, with particular expertise in the management and care of Diabetes.
|Mrs Sajida Akhtar (f)|
Sajida joined the Medical Practice team in January 2018, coming from a background of managing a community Pharmacy. Sajida specialises in all aspects of drug therapy, but takes a special interest in Asthma and COPD, two extremely common conditions. Sajida enjoys supporting and helping to train other Pharmacists in the area.
|Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, 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.|
|Sister Yvonne Freeman (f)|
Yvonne has been a dedicated member of our Nursing team since 2003. However, she has in fact worked in Primary Care since 1989, and so is able to look after Spring Gardens' patients with a wealth of expertise and knowledge of Primary Care nursing. Here at the Practice, Yvonne undertakes much of our general Treatment Room work but also particularly enjoys helping patients with all aspects of Travel health. She has a special interest in wound care and INR monitoring (managing patients on long-term anti-coagulation therapy).
|Sister Julie Mornington (f)|
Julie became part of the Spring Gardens Group Medical Practice nursing team in 2013; she brought with her a wealth of experience and knowledge of Primary Care, having worked within this type of nursing for 20 years, including Treatment Room nursing and Health Promotion. Julie qualified as a Nurse Prescriber in 2018 so can closely help and support patients with medication. Here at Spring Gardens Julie's work is mostly around COPD, Asthma and Diabetes, and she particularly enjoys caring for our asthma and COPD patients.
|Sister Brigette Box (f)|
RGN. Diplomas in Asthma, COPD, Spirometry and Leg Ulcer management
Brigette was a mature student into nursing. Her background is as an A&E Nurse, where she worked for 7 years in a fast-paced, emergency care environment. She then moved into Primary Care and became a Practice Nurse in 2012, and joined the Spring Gardens Practice team in 2016. What Brigette finds rewarding about Primary Care is the privilege of going through the entire patient journey with the patient, supporting them through the 'ups' and 'downs' of life throughout their care. Her passion is also Wound care and working within the Treatment room here at the Practice.
|Nurse Sarah Bateman (f)|
DipHE Nursing (Adult) 2002, BSc Primary Care Nursing 2018
Sarah joined the Practice in 2017, bringing with her a wealth of experience within Emergency Medicine (A&E) and many years as a District Nurse. Sarah is highly skilled and well-rounded in even more areas of nursing too - her passion is in fact palliative care. Sarah's passion has been instrumental in bringing excellent PICC Line care for our palliative patients at Spring Gardens - teaching another of our Nurses to deliver this too - a procedure not previously done at the Practice. Sarah's main interests are working in our Treatment room, particularly wound care management.
|Sister Rachel Miles (f)|
|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.|
|Mrs Dawn Lucas (f)|
Dawn joined the Practice team in 1999, meaning she has a wealth of knowledge/experience about Spring Gardens that she is able to offer to our patients. Dawn originally worked in Practice administration, but eventually decided that she wanted to work more closely with patients, in a clinical role. She trained to become a Healthcare Assistant in 2013 and began working in our Treatment Room instead. Some of Dawn's main responsibilities are taking bloods, blood pressures, ECG's and NHS Health Checks. The most rewarding part of the role for Dawn are the close relationships she builds with long-term patients.
|Mrs Julia Rowberry (f)|