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. Please ring after 10am to book a nurses appointment to avoid our busy times. If you have been advised by the hospital to have stitches removed or a dressing applied. Do not leave it until the day the procedure is due, you will be turned away if there is no availability.  Arrange your appointment as soon as possible.

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. We are one branch of a scheme 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), Diana King (HCA) and Heather Thomas (HCA).  Our primary aim is to reduce preventable hospital admissions in patients aged 75 years and over, with most of our referrals coming from GPs. We complete our assessments with patients in their own homes, liaising closely with their GP and ensuring that appropriate support for them is in place, often by referring on to other services. Spouses and other family members may be present at these visits if requested by the patient. Our contact number is 01296 468589 and our office is based at Poplar Grove. Our telephone line is open to patients between 8.30am and 4.30pm but may not always be manned. Patients can leave non-urgent voicemail messages on this number which we will endeavour to respond to within one working day.  NB: This line is not to be used for making appointments with your GP.  Please dial the main surgery number 01296 468580 to make an appointment with your GP.