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Nurse Practitioners

Sister Debbie Gumbley

RGN, RM, Dip PNS, MSc and nurse Prescriber

After many years as a practice nurse Sister Gumbley undertook a three-year Masters Degree course at University to become a nurse Practitioner.  This is a new and developing nursing role incorporating skills, which are closely interlinked with that of GP colleagues and include physical examination, ordering investigations and tests, prescribing medication for minor illness and chronic diseases plus direct referral and liaison with secondary care.

The nurse Practitioner complements and supports the GP and practice nurse roles, but more importantly provides an additional and alternative healthcare professional for patients with minor illness and chronic diseases.

  • Lead nurse in Diabetes / Heart Disease / Hypertension


Sister Andrea Smithson
Sister Wendy Hargreaves
Sister Catherine Smith (f)
Sister Gemma Cryer (f)

The practice nurses are available for appointments daily at all three surgeries.  Please telephone to arrange suitable appointments.

The practice nurses are fully qualified to carry out:-

  • Health Promotion – Well Person checks
  • Blood Pressure checks and the taking of blood samples
  • Immunisations for adult travellers and advice on precautions when abroad
  • Cervical smears and breast examination
  • Dressing and removal of sutures
  • Ear syringing and dietary advice
  • Childhood immunisations

Our nurses also review and update repeat medications, provide a full family-planning service and run clinics for asthma and smoking cessation.

Healthcare Assistants

Mrs Linda Timson
Mrs Diane Furness (f)

Provides support and assistance to the nursing team by dealing with patients requiring new patient checks, routine blood tests and blood pressure monitoring. Our healthcare assistant is an experienced phlebotomist.

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