Practice Nursing Team
Our practice nurses are highly trained and are available for general advice, wound dressing and suture removal, adult and childhood immunisations, travel vaccinations, ear syringing, health checks as well as working with the doctors in the running of various clinics.
Practice Nurses also offer regular cervical smear sessions, contraceptive advisory clinics, smoke stop advice as well as other routine checks. These will include long term conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diabetes, CHD and Asthma.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners - Clare Mechen, Lyn Fitzsimmons, Fiona Perry, Sarah Allaway and Melanie Abel.
The role of nurse practitioners is well established in the practice. They are highly experienced, senior nurses who have undertaken extensive training to deal with a wide variety of minor ailments and illnesses. All our Advanced Nurse Practitioners are independant prescribers and are available for consultation as an alternative to a GP.
Respiratory Specialist Nurse - Melanie Abel
A highly experienced & trained respiratory nurse whom is able to manage those patients with more complex respiratory needs and acts as an advisor to other clinicans.
Health Care Assistants
We also have health care assistants in each surgery who assist with general treatment room care and carry out the taking of blood samples
Administrative and Reception Teams
Practice Business Manager
Andrew Mintram is responsible for overseeing the management of the whole practice and in conjunction with the Partners, providing strategic direction.
Each of our surgeries has a Surgery Team Leader who is responsible for the smooth running of the day to day activities at each site.
Our reception team are keen to help patients in any way possible. They do not offer medical advice but may be able to resolve queries by seeking more information from patients.
All information given is treated with strict confidentiality.
A single Patient Services Clerk at the Adam Practice will see and assist approximately 200 people per day face to face.
The team of Patient Services Clerk at the Adam Practice process in excess of 200 incoming letters per day, 350-400 repeat prescriptions per day, 500 phone calls per day, 100 incoming and outgoing faxes per day. Update approximately 500 records per day.
Our Patient Services Clerks aim to be as helpful and cheerful as they possibly can be. The practice has a compliment of 50 Patient Services Clerks across our four sites.
Our staff are well motivated but they do have a difficult job, so please try to help them. They work under the doctors’ instructions to make it as easy as possible for everyone to see the appropriate health care professional, be it GP, nurse practitioner, nurse, health visitor or other. Therefore they may offer you an appointment with an alternative practitioner to your GP. They can also ensure that paperwork such as, passport applications, insurance/cancellation forms, drugs/allergy history sheets before admission to hospital etc. are given to the appropriate GP and completed ready for you to collect in the agreed timescale.
They reserve the right to go about their work without fear of inappropriate behaviour. Whilst we understand that patients may, on occasions, wish to raise complaints, concerns or feel frustrated there is a correct and appropriate way to raise these. The Patient Services Clerks may not be able to answer your concerns and so you may ask to speak to one of Surgery Team Leaders in the first instance. If you feel that you are either not happy with this response or would like to raise a formal complaint please raise this with the Patient Services Manager. We are always happy to work with patients to identify areas of improvement and resolve problems.
The surgery supports the Governments"Zero Tolerance" policy and will not tolerate slamming down phones, sarcastic tone, aggression, swearing, inappropriate demeanour or any other unacceptable behaviour towards staff or other persons present on the premises. Patients are given warning and/or removed from the surgery list immediately should this happen at any of our sites.
Please do let us know when we are providing you with a good service. It is encouraging when we hear positive feedback and it inspires us. This can be provided either via NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk), an email to the practice firstname.lastname@example.org) or in person at the surgery.
Health visiting teams are attached to each surgery. They are involved with health care for all age groups but especially expectant mothers, young families, the elderly and the physically handicapped. They also run baby clinics and carry out children’s regular development checks and are involved with the assessment and advice for minor illnesses.
Our district nurses are registered general nurses with a certificate or diploma in district nursing. Their roles include assessing patients’ needs in their homes, checking patients following hospital discharge, giving professional nursing, advice and health education in the community.
The community midwives are responsible for antenatal and early postnatal care. They work in conjunction with the doctors at the antenatal clinics and also make home visits. Contact can be made via the surgery – please ask at reception for an information leaflet about your antenatal care when you discover that you are pregnant.
The practice issues nearly half a million prescription items every year, so naturally we get lots of requests for consultations about clinical aspects of medication.
The Adam Practice is very fortunate to have a Clinical Pharmacist in our team who is highly trained as a medicine expert. We have therefore created a telephone and face-to-face appointment service for them to deal with most questions regarding your medication, instead of seeing a GP.
Examples of when you would see a Clinical Pharmacist include
Feeling unwell since starting new tablet
Advice on medication changes made by a specialist
Repeat medication reviews
We have instructed our staff to utilise these appointments, so if you are booked into see a pharmacist for your medication query, please respect our clinical decision.
Thank you very much for your co-operation.