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National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care

Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Please click here for more information.

BLOOD PRESSURE APPOINTMENTS

Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.

 

All Dr. Bunney's patients have been transferred to his job-share partner Dr. Jackie Tolhurst. She has increased her number of surgeries per week. We are currently interviewing for his replacement at the moment and awaiting appointment. If any of Dr. Bunney's patients wish to change their doctor please speak to a member of reception. Dr. Oliver Hassall is taking on new patients.

We would like your feedback on the care or treatment we give you any time you visit your GP or have contact with the practice. Click on the Friends & Family tab on the right below Further Information for more details. If you would like to give us more detailed feedback about the services we provide you can do this by completing a review on the NHS Choices website. To view Januarys results please click here.

Nurses

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.
Desri Dyer BSc (Hons)

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Desri Dyer is our lead nurse, and Treatment Room Sister. She started working at Brannam on a part-time basis in 1995 and gradually built her hours and experience over the years, taking the full time senior nurse post in 2002.

She is an RGN, qualifying in 1984 at North Devon District Hospital. Since working at Brannam, she has gained a Bsc Hons in nursing, diplomas in Asthma, COPD and CHD, a Post Graduate certificate in Leadership for Quality Improvement. Her other specialities include tissue viability, infection control, cervical cytology and family planning to include insertion and removal of implants. Desri enjoys working with such an enthusiastic and dynamic team who are all very supportive of one another.

Her hobbies include running, aerobics and moto cross (spectator only!!).

Sandy Norman BSc (Hons)

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Sandy qualified in 1981 as an RGN and has worked in the North Devon District Hospital in both Surgical and Gynaecological posts. At Brannam Medical Centre her working areas include routines, minor illness, diabetes, travel, well woman and family planning. Sandy is supported by full time treatment-room receptionist Sarah.

Sandy has completed courses in travel health, diabetes, family planning, and cervical smear training, as well as leg ulcer assessment and treatment. In 2006 she obtained her degree in health studies. Sandy has recently completed her Diabetes Diploma.

Outside of work Sandy enjoys days out on the motorbike with her husband.

Becky Walker BSc (Hons)

Becky qualified in 1995 as a Registered Nurse and worked at NDDH within the surgical department. Becky left the hospital to commence practice nursing in 1998 and has completed diplomas in Asthma and COPD and courses on Diabetes, leg ulcer management and is family planning trained.

In 2010 Becky obtained her BSc (Hons) degree in health studies and then went on to become an independent/supplementary non-medical prescriber in 2013. Becky joined the Nursing team at Brannams in November 2015 where she can also undertake all treatment room duties including cervical cytology, tissue viability and travel.

As well as keeping busy with her family, Becky's hobbies include quilting, keeping and riding her 3 horses and training her dog!!

Amelia Baker BN (Hons)

Amelia qualified in 2002 with a Bachelor of Nursing Honours degree from University of Wales College of Medicine and has worked at North Devon District Hospital and at South Molton as a community nurse. She joined Brannam Medical Centre in February 2014 at first providing cover for our routine clinic. Amelia is now a permanent member of the team and her working areas includes routines, cardio-vascular and diabetes care. In 2015, she completed a Foundation of General Practice Nursing at degree level. 

Outside of work Amelia is married to Ed and has four young children, she enjoys spending time with her family going caravanning and she also loves doing craft projects and geocaching.

Andrea Dibble BSc (Hons)

Andrea joined the team in September 2014. She completed a Dip HE in Adult Nursing in 2002, she has since gained a BSC (Hons) in health studies in 2012. Andrea has worked in both acute hospital and community settings. Andrea has completed the Practice Nurse foundation course and other courses which include cervical cytology, ear irrigation, asthma and COPD. Andrea's working areas include routine clinics, well woman, travel, minor illness, asthma and is the lead for the children's vaccination clinic. 

Outside of work Andrea enjoys a busy family life and has recently taken up running.

Lesley Calcutt BSc (Hons)

Lesley qualified in 1981 and initially worked for many years at NDDH. She then moved into community nursing where she competed a BSc (Hons) degree in District Nursing and became a team leader at Fremington Medical Centre.

Having an interest in palliative care Lesley then moved to a position of managing a community palliative care team which then developed in to Hospice to Home in North Devon. Lesley remained in this role until 2014 where she joined Brannams treatment room as a relief nurse, becoming a permanent member of the treatment room in 2015 working part time covering routine clinics.

Outside of work Lesley has a husband and a growing family who live locally. Lesley enjoys being a hands on Granny, gardening, swimming, enjoying the outdoors and trampolining which keeps her very fit and busy!

Healthcare Assistants

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.
Lynn Hutchens

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Lynn is our Health Care Assistant.

Lynn does a variety of jobs within her role including taking blood, warfarin testing, assisting doctors with minor surgeries, smoking cessation clinics and family planning clinics, to name a few. Lynn is supported by full time treatment room receptionist Sarah.

Philippa Worms

Pip has transferred from her prescribing role to join the Treatment Room team as one of our Health Care Assistants and her variety of jobs include taking blood, warfarin testing, assisting doctors with minor surgeries, smoking cessation clinics, carers health checks, and family planning clinics. Pip is currently studying for an Open Access course at Petroc with a view to starting her nurse training in September 2017.

Outside of work Pip enjoys spending lots of time with her family.

Amy Rodgers

Amy joined up in January 2013.  As a Healthcare Assistant she does a variety of jobs within her role including taking blood, warfarin testing, carers health checks and assisting doctors with minor surgeries to name a few. Amy is supported by full time treatment room receptionist Sarah.

 
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