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Townhead Surgery has partnered with Holly Health to offer patients 12 months of free habit coaching (to help sleep, exercise, eating and mental wellbeing). Click here for further information.

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Nurse Practitioner (NP)

May Walker – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Michelle McGuiness – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Esme Gyton – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Nurse Practitioners are qualified to see patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed medical problems, and to make detailed assessment of their health care needs, based on their combined medical and nursing knowledge, including clinical skills that you may not have traditionally associated with nurses, such as history taking, physical examination, diagnoses, and prescribing of medicines. Nurse Practitioners can also directly refer patients to clinical specialists, such as hospital consultants. They treat both physical and mental health conditions by means of comprehensive history taking, physical examinations, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests. They can diagnose a wide range of acute and chronic diseases and provide appropriate treatment for patients including prescribing appropriate medications. They can see patients of all ages depending on their specialty training. They can also offer health promotion, disease prevention and patient education interventions. David has also had extensive experience of working independently for the Out of Hours Services in other areas of the country.

Practice Nurses

Yvonne Howie – Practice Nurse

Claire Gilliland – Community Treatment and Care (CTAC) Nurse

Leah Robertson – Community Treatment and Care (CTAC) Nurse

Practice Nurses are fully trained in a wide range of skills including immunisations, health promotion, contraception and management of long-term conditions e.g. advise on diet and lifestyle choices, coronary heart disease, hypertension, asthma, diabetes, smoking cessation and obesity. Practice Nurses can extend their skills at Diploma Level and see many patients who previously would have seen the Doctor.

The Nursing Team run various Nurse-led clinics for diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease and COPD as well as providing general nursing services, dressings, removal of sutures and blood tests.

Healthcare Assistants (including Phlebotomy)

Dianne Cardno – Phlebotomist /Health Care Assistant

Angela Mckenzie – Phlebotomist /Health Care Assistant

Healthcare Assistants are non-registered Nursing staff who assist in patient care and Practice related duties, as directed by and under the supervision of a Registered Healthcare Professional (including Lead Practice Nurse, Practice Manager and GPs). Healthcare Assistants work collaboratively with the General Practice Team to meet the needs of patients, and provide essential task-orientated services like taking blood samples (phlebotomy), processing specimens, performing ECGs (to measure heart function) and spirometry (to measure lung function). They play a crucial role in supporting the Clinical Team.