Nursing Staff

Mrs Heather Taylor-Allkins – Minor Illness and Diabetes Nurse Specialist
Working 3 days a week, Heather works closely with Dr Horkan (our Lead GP on diabetes) and runs regular weekly clinics to help patients manage and control their condition. She is also experienced in the management of patients on warfarin and is able to treat minor illness.

Mrs Louise Falconi – Treatment Room Nurse
Louise has joined our practice team having previously worked with the community nursing team. She has since successfully undertaken the Practice Nurse course and works 2 days a week in the treatment room treating patients with a range of conditions. Louise is currently undertaking additional training in the management of patients on warfarin in order that she may help run our weekly warfarin clinics with Heather.

Mrs Lesley Avery – Treatment Room Nurse
Lesley works 3 days a week in the treatment room treating patients with a range of conditions and is skilled in undertaking blood pressure readings, phlebotomy, dressings, and adult immunisations. She has undertaken further training in order to undertake a fuller range of Practice Nurse duties including ECGs, smears and ear syringing – this training has unfortunately been disrupted by the pandemic but she is now able to undertake most treatment room duties.

Mrs Liz Ruddock – Treatment Room Nurse
Liz also works 3 days a week with us, caring for patients with a range of conditions and is skilled in undertaking blood pressure readings, phlebotomy, dressings, and adult immunisations. Like Lesley, she has undertaken further training to undertake a fuller range of Practice Nurse duties including ECGs, smears and ear syringing.

Mrs Jackie Ridley – Complex Care Nurse
Jackie works 4 days a week and her role centres around the care of our most vulnerable patients, visiting them at home, prescribing where this is indicated and trying to avoid unnecessary hospital admission. This involves close liaison with our Social Care colleagues as well as voluntary groups and other agencies.

Ms Sara Drummond – Practice Matron
Sara also works 4 days a week and can see the full range of problems we encounter in General Practice, working closely with and supported by our Duty Doctor. She is able to prescribe and works closely with our GP and nursing teams, as well as liaising with community colleagues.

Mrs Allie Jackson – Practice Matron
Allie works 3 days a week, alongside the Duty Doctors. She is able to consult and prescribe as necessary to all age groups from babies to our older patients. She works closely with the GPs and other nurses and Matrons in the practice, as well as liaising with our community colleagues.

Healthcare Assistants

Mrs Karen Puddifoot – Healthcare Assistant
Karen joined our team in the summer of 2015 having previously worked with the community nursing team. She undertakes phlebotomy, blood pressures and annual BP reviews, ECGs, Vitamin B12 injections, NHS healthchecks and flu immunisation. She also acts as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

Mrs Sam Greany – Healthcare Assistant
Sam joins our team this year having also previously worked with the community nurses. She undertakes phlebotomy, blood pressure and annual BP reviews, ECGS, dressings, diabetic foot checks and ear syringing. She also acts as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

Phlebotomy

Mrs Karen Dignum – Phlebotomist
Karen has been a part of our reception team for some time but has undertaken additional training and now also supports our clinical team. Karen offers blood test appointments 3 mornings a week and plans to extend her role further in the future.

Clinical Pharmacists

Ms Clara Alonso Malpartida – Pharmacist
Clara joined us in early 2016 and normally works with us 4 days a week. She has taken over the care of our patients with respiratory problems, e.g. Asthma and COPD, and works closely with the Clinical Team to optimise patients’ medication regimes and review those patients on multiple medications. Clara is currently seconded 2 days a week as part of a national programme to train other pharmacists to work in Doctors’ Surgeries in the future; she remains with us 2 days a week meantime and we are recruiting additional pharmacy support to cover the days she is currently not working in the practice.

Ms Jayeeta Desai – Clinical Pharmacist
Jayeeta joined the practice in the Spring of 2021 having worked primarily in a retail pharmacy environment before making the transition to primary care. She is enrolled in the CPPE pathway to undertake some additional training in this field which will include the Independent Prescriber qualification. We are delighted to have her join our team 5 days a week providing additional pharmacy support since Clara went part-time. Like Clara, she works closely with the rest of the clinical team to optimise the efficacy of patients’ medication regimes and give advice on self-care.