Nursing Team

Nursing Team - Practice Nurse/District Nurses/Health Visitors

Practice Nurses
The practice nurses, in the main, deal with prevention rather than treatment. In their clinics they are available for general advice and counselling on health related and lifestyle topics. They undertake certain blood tests, blood pressure checks, ECGs, cervical smears, childhood immunisations, family planning, menopause and travel medicine.

The following clinics exist  
   
  • Minor illness
  • Asthma
  • Minor Injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Minor Surgery
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Weight Management
  • INR Monitoring


District Nurses
The district nursing team provide nursing care in the home including residential homes when necessary. This includes the assessment and implementation or the referral to appropriate services; of care to the acute or chronic illness at home, continuing care after discharge from hospital and terminal care. The district nurses now work out of a central location and can be contacted on 01296 566090 during office hours. 24 hour cover is given by out-of-hours nursing service on 01296 331511.

Health Visitors
Health visitors are qualified nurses with post-registration experience in various nursing fields and further training in community health nursing. They offer information, advice and support on health and social issues to all age groups, preventing ill health, promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging early detection of problems. They visit post-natally offering breast-feeding advice, family and relationship support and continue to assess the development and growth of children through their early years. They support mothers and fathers in developing their parenting skills. Their role also includes support with family problems, including special needs, child behaviour problems, bereavement and baby massaging classes. They also liase with other professionals within and outside the Practice. The health visitors now work out of a central location and can be contacted on 01296 566273 during office hours.

Over 75s Team
The Over 75s Team are a team of nurses working in the community for Poplar Grove Practice, Oakfield Surgery, and Berryfields Medical Centre. Our primary aim is to reduce avoidable hospital admissions in patients aged 75 years and over. We are just one branch of the scheme, which is being rolled out across Buckinghamshire, and have been running since November 2014. Our staff members are Samantha Cashman (nurse and project lead), Dianne Hofhansl (nurse), Amanda Avery (CPN), and Diana King (healthcare assistant).
Our contact number is 01296 468589 and our office is based at Poplar Grove. Our telephone line is open to patients and will be answered between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Patients can leave messages after 4.30pm and have them collected the next morning, or if the line is busy during the day they can leave a message that I'll aim to collect within the hour.
Appointments with GPs and practice nurses will still need to be arranged through the main Poplar Grove telephone line. As we work with three GP practices our appointments will not be visible to staff on their computer system, but if you are contacted by one of our nurses for an appointment Poplar Grove staff will be able to confirm with you who we are and what we do.