Community Nurses

The Wooler/Belford district nursing team, led by Community Matron Elaine Redmond, provide skilled nursing care and advice to housebound patients, carers, residential homes and GP surgeries.  They offer expert and specialist nursing care for the acutely ill, palliative (end of life) care, chronic disease monitoring and care, leg ulcer and wound management, continence management and advice,  and referral to other services.

District nursing visits normally take place between 8am and 7pm and the timing of your visit will depend on the need.  The nurses will arrange home visits outside these times with the out of hours team.

Your needs will be assessed and reviewed throughout the course of your treatment and you may be asked to attend the surgery treatment room to complete your treatment unless you are permanently housebound.

The District Nursing Team

  • Elaine Redmond – Community Matron
  • Cath Birdsall – District Nursing Sister
  • Madeline Norris – Community Staff Nurse
  • Susan Tait – Healthcare Assistant

From time to time you may also be visited by the district nurses based at Belford who are part of the Wooler/Belford team.

The District Nursing Team can be contacted on 01668 280040/41 or, outside normal working hours, 0300 1231931.

Attached Staff

Paramedic Team

The paramedics are based in the health centre and are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

They work closely with the practice and are an integral part of the primary health care team and help us out when we need them in an emergency.

There is some perception that people can come to the surgery and ask to see the paramedic but this isn’t the case.  The only way to get paramedic services is to dial 999 in an emergency. They are only based in the building and do not normally do routine work.

If you have any queries regarding the paramedic service, please contact North East Ambulance Service Headquarters or ask to speak to the paramedic on duty.

The Paramedic Team

Stephen Fletcher

Rebecca Owen

Dave Herbert

Mark Napier

Dave Herbert

Health Visitors

Health Visitor – Heather Bruce

Nursery Nurse – Melanie Hodgkinson

The health visiting team look after the health and welfare of children under 5 years old.

Podiatry

Special Podiatrist – Sam Moses

Podiatrist – Lena Gray

Podiatry Assistant – Karen Swinburne

Clinics are run by Sam Mondays and Thursdays and by Lena every second Tuesday.  Karen is currently in training.  They provide a home visiting service for the housebound.

The podiatry service is primarily concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disease and conditions affecting the feet and lower limbs, including nail surgery, pain relief for those with ‘at risk’ feet, e.g. diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, deformity.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapist – Jed Browne

Physiotherapists have expertise in sub-specialist areas such as musculo-skeletal disorders (upper limbs, lower limbs, spinal and hands) and orthopaedics. 

Physiotherapy is available in the Centre on Monday and Wednesday.  Patients can be referred in for treatment via GPs and Hospital Consultants.

As well as normal physiotherapy treatment, options can also include laser therapy (bought by the Wooler Doctors’ Fund), electrotherapy and acupuncture.

Counselling

Counsellor – Shelagh Brown

Counselling provides a one-to-one service in the practice with Shelagh who is a trained counsellor.  Patients can talk about their problems to her in a relaxed and confidential environment.

 
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