Our Staff

Doctors

Dr John Beaven

MBBS (1989), BSc, MRCGP, DFFP

Dr Henk Bruggers

ARTSexamen (NL) (1995)

Dr Rob Tippin

MBChB (2000), MRCGP

Becky Kay

BM (1996), MRCGP, DRCOG, DCH, DFFP

Dr Kate Wooding

MBBS BSc (2009, Imperial College), DRCOG, MRCGP

Dr Vicki Nunn

MBBS (2009), MRCGP

Dr Alice Edwards

MBChB (Hons) 2011, BSc, DTM&H, DRCOG, MRCGP

Dr Rachel Lewis

MBChB (2009), DFSRH, MRCGP

Dr Penny North

BSc, BM, DCH, DRCOG, MRCGP

Dr Matthew Bailey

MBBCh, MRCGP

Dr Esther Loh

MBBCh, MRCGP

Dr Helen Ryan

BSc, MBhCB (2015), MRCGP

Nurses

The Practice Nurses are available by appointment. They are able to offer a wide range of services and procedures including cervical smear tests, injections, dressings and routine immunisations but are particularly concerned with preventing disease and promoting good health. They also offer newly registered patient health checks and NHS travel vaccinations. They also play an important part in monitoring and providing information for those with Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, high blood pressure, or who are taking HRT. They are able to give contraceptive advice and provide follow-up checks. Each nurse has a different role. Please make it clear to the receptionist which service you require so that you can be booked to see the appropriate nurse.

Alex Mumford

Asthma, Cardiac (CHD), Cervical Smears, COPD, Diabetes, Dietary Advice, Dopplers, Hypertension, Spirometry, Travel Advice, Vaccinations (Flu, Pneumonia, Shingles, Zoladex, Whooping Cough), Wound care.

Carmel Unsworth

Audio (referred by GP), Cardiac (CHD), Cervical Smears, Diabetes, Dietary Advice, Doppler, Dressings, HRT Repeat Checks, Hypertension, Travel Advice, Vaccinations (Flu, Pneumonia, Shingles, Zoladex, Whooping Cough).

Heather Day

Audio (referred by GP), Cervical Smears, Dietary Advice, Dopplers, Family Planning (Depo Contraception and pill check repeats), Hypertension, Travel Advice, Vaccinations (Flu, Pneumonia, Shingles, Zoladex, Whooping Cough).

Katie Staples

Asthma, Cervical Smears, COPD, Diabetes, Hypertension, Spirometry, Travel Advice, Vaccinations (Flu, Pneumonia, Shingles, Zoladex, Whooping Cough), Wound care.

Health Care Assistants

The Practice Nursing team is assisted by 3 Health Care Assistants. They are experienced in taking blood, blood pressure, administering flu vaccines, B12 injections, hearing tests and spirometry tests, perform ECGs, they also see patients referred to an ulcer clinic working with the Practice Nurses. Each Health Care Assistant has a different role. Please make it clear to the receptionist which service you require so that you can be booked to see the appropriate Health Care Assistant.

Marie Hopkins

ECG, Blood Pressure, Blood Tests, Diabetic Pre Checks, INR, B12 Injections, Flu, Shingles and Pneumonia Vaccinations, Spirometry, Audio (referred by GP) and Wound care.

Caroline Saunders

ECG, Blood Pressure, Blood Tests, Diabetic Pre Checks, INR, B12 injections, Flu, Shingles and Pneumonia vaccinations, Stitches and Clip removal and Teledermatology.

Vicki Speddings

ECG, Blood Pressure, Blood Tests, Diabetic Pre Checks, INR, Stitches and Clip removals.

Practice Management and all Non-Clinical Staff

Robert Slade

Practice Manager

The Practice Manager is responsible for the general management and the day to day running of the Practice, and will be able to help with any administrative or non-medical matters. He is also available to receive suggestions or discuss complaints.

Katharina Burry

Deputy Practice Manager

The Deputy Manager supports the Practice Manager with the general management and the day to day running of the Practice.

Receptionists

Receptionists are the first people in the Practice with whom you are likely to come into contact. They will help you to make appointments with the doctors or nurses and try to provide answers to non-medical questions. The Receptionists can also advise you of other services that may be available to you.

Dispensers

Dispensers process repeat prescription requests and the prescriptions written by the doctors for patients who live more than a mile from a chemist and who are registered as dispensing patients.

Carers Champion

The Carers Champion keeps an up to date list of carers, signposting patients to the appropriate services and support, liaising with the Patient Participation Group, ensuring carers are aware of training they can get and liaising with young carers and signposting people to respite care, contact via reception.

Medical Secretaries

Medical Secretaries process hospital referrals, take messages for the doctors, give you the results of laboratory tests and deal with routine office matters.

Administrators

The Administration Team work behind the scenes to support patient services including processing registrations, medical reports, insurance claims, managing clinical correspondence, appointment scheduling for screening, chronic conditions & vaccinations.

Finance

The Finance department deal with reconciling all incoming and outgoing finance, invoice queries and payments.

IT Administrator

The IT Administrator looks after all the practice IT equipment and supports all staff with general IT queries and issues.

District Nurses (off-site)

District nurses undertake a wide variety of nursing procedures for those who are too frail or too unwell to leave their homes. These include nursing assessments, dressings, injections, immunisations, blood tests and catheter care, as well as health promotion. They play an important role in the care of those with a terminal illness, life limiting conditions and complex health needs. The district nurses liaise with GPs, Dorothy House hospice carers and the wider multi-disciplinary team. Arrangements for a district nurse to visit are usually made through your doctor or by the hospital following discharge. The district nurses can be contacted directly on 0300 124 5604 Monday – Friday 08:00-18:00.

Health Visitor (off-site)

Health Visitors are qualified nurses with specialist training in the health of children aged 0-5 years, which enables them to give health promotion advice on issues concerning parenting, minor parent and child ailments, contraception, post natal depression, domestic violence, housing and homelessness, benefits, disability, alcohol and drug misuse and child protection concerns. The health visitors can be contacted directly on 0300 323 0118 and can arrange to see you at home or in the surgery.

Midwives (off-site)

Midwives from the Birthing Unit at Frome Community Hospital and the Royal United Hospital in Bath provide care for all expectant mothers. In addition to running antenatal clinics, they work with the Health Visitors in helping to prepare couples for the birth and care of their baby. They supervise births in Frome Community Hospital, The Royal United Hospital and within the community and usually visit new mothers up until the baby is 10 days old. The midwives can be contacted on 01373 454740 for Frome and 01225 824645 for RUH Antenatal.