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Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support
One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. Macmillan provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, we reached a total of 31,799 patients

Youth Health Talk

YouthHealthTalk
Youthhealthtalk enables young people, their family and friends, and professionals such as doctors and teachers to understand young people's experiences of health, illness and life in general. The website feature real-life accounts of issues such as effect on work and education, social life and relationships, consulting health professionals and treatment.

Nurse Practitioners

Freda Smithers (f)
Deborah Hepburn (f)
Carol Murphy (f)

Nurse practitioners can support patients with long term conditions and often provide the first point of contact for patients, particularly those with minor illnesses. They have been trained to be able to provide aspects of care previously carried out by GPs.

They are able to:

  • take a full patient history
  • carry out any physical examinations
  • use their knowledge to identify a likely diagnosis
  • request appropriate tests to aid diagnosis (blood tests, x-rays, scans)
  • refer patients to an appropriate specialist (in the practice or hospital)
  • prescribe medicines and non-medical treatments
  • arrange follow up and ongoing management

Nurses

Nurse Nikki Raif (f)
Nurse Sophie Card (f)

Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for people with long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, INR* clinics and carry out cervical smears.

Healthcare Assistants

Lisa Owen (f)
Hayley Donkin (f)
Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

Phlebotomists

Phlebotomists take blood samples which are sent away for analysis.

 
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