Message from NHS Tayside

A number of blue vaccination appointment letters have been sent in error to housebound patients. We would ask any housebound patient who has received a letter to cancel their appointment,

Nurses

Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

Miss Debbie McFarlane (f)

Ms Claire Johnstone (f)

Mrs Wendy Gordon (f)

An ANP is a Registered Nurse with additional training for performing tasks – such as diagnosing and prescribing – which are customarily performed by a Physician. A Registered Nurse is educated to Masters Level in Advanced Practice, and assessed as competent in practice using expert knowledge and skills. They have freedom to act and make their own decisions in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of those in their care and are capable of independent practice in a variety of settings. Their role will be tailored not only by their training but their clinical experience as Senior Practitioners. In General Practice, ANPs can consult and work independently but will consult medical colleagues when they need advice.

Practice Nurses

Denise Harrison (f)

Mrs Shirley Thomson (f) RGN(1992) EN (1986) Asthma and COPD Diploma. Joined the team August 2002

Miss Lois Mitchell RGN (f) (2018) GPN (2020) – special interest in diabetes. Joined the team February 2019

Mrs Charlene Dickson (f)

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.

Health and Wellbeing Nurse (Post currently vacant)

A Registered Mental Health Nurse is available from 09.00am – 4.30pm a Monday and Thursday to provide a short assessment and advice session for adults experiencing mental health issues/distress or substance/alcohol concerns that are affecting everyday life. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes and will promote self-help and self management, identify community support networks and refer to appropriate third sector/statutory services if appropriate. Please call Brechin Health Centre for an appointment 01356 624411

Healthcare Assistants (including Phlebotomy)

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.

Mrs Sheena Lubbe (f) Joined team 2008 as secretary. phlebotomist (2017)