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Riverside Medical Practice will be closed for external county wide staff training on the afternoon of Thursday 17th October 2019 from 12 noon – If you need urgent medical assistance during this time please call NHS 111.

We will reopen as normal at 8am on Friday 18th October.

Nurse Practitioners

Dylan Roberts (m)

RN DIPHE Mental Health, PGC PGD in advanced Clinical Practice

Dylan Roberts is our Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He is able to offer an alternative choice to your GP and can help with any aspect of mental and emotional well-being. Dylan is available by appointment only.


Sister Julie Hewitt (f)

Nurse Lead

RGN BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner; Diploma in Asthma Management & COPD; Family Planning ENB901; Marie Curie Breast & Cervical Cytology.

Sister Hayley Hopkins

RGN BSc (Hons) Nursing; ENB928 Diabetes; Diploma in Asthma Management.

Sister Helen McAlinden

RGN BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner; Diploma in Critical Care; Diploma in Asthma Management and COPD.

Sister Kerry Brown (f)

RGN ,BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing.

Nurse Led Clinic (NLC)

Our Nurse Led Clinic run by Sister Julie Hewitt , Sister Helen McAlinden & Sister Hayley Hopkins.

This Clinic is for patients who need to be seen that day for Minor illness, things such as Flu symptoms, sore throats, urine infections, ear ache, rashes. coughs.

Julie, Helen & Hayley have had extensive additional training to enable them to examine and diagnose minor illnesses and they can offer advice and treatment if necessary.

These appointments can be booked on the day.

The nurses can help you with a range of problems which do not require a doctor. These include health checks, chronic disease management, immunisations, travel advice (and immunisations), cervical smears, dressings, nursing procedures, family planning advice, blood pressure checks, minor injuries and dietary advice. We also employ a health care assistant who can undertake a number of these tasks for the nursing team.

The practice nurses can help you with reviews for conditions as follows:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • COPD
  • Heart Disease (including Angina and Atrial Fibillation)
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • TIA
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertension (raised blood pressure)
  • Epilepsy
  • High Cholesterol (on treatment)

If you have any of the above conditions you should be attending for annual review in the month of your birthday. Please telephone the surgery to arrange an appointment.

The nurses can also offer appointments for helping diagnose conditions such as asthma or COPD involving spirometry (lung function tests).

We also offer sexual health advice, repeat contraception, post-coital contraception (morning after pill), HRT repeats, travel advice including; vaccinations, malaria tablets and yellow fever vaccinations*, blood pressure monitoring, minor illness diagnosis and advice, Help2Slim clinics, dietary advice to lose weight and reduce cholesterol.

* some travel health vaccinations attract a fee.

Healthcare Assistants

Vacancy (f)

Our healthcare assistants can deal with wound care including dressings, removal of sutures and staples, ulcers, Doppler examinations, ear irrigation, injections for Vitamin B12 (once prescribed by GP), influenza and pneumococcal vaccination, new patient check-ups, free NHS health checks for those aged 40-74 years (by invitation by the surgery only), blood pressure check-ups every six months after your annual review with the practice nurse.

Please note that the nurses run an appointment system and appointments should be made by ringing 367891. Telephone advice is available from the nursing team on 352371 each day.

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