Guildhall Practice Nurses
Jo RGN – Lead Practice Nurse
I trained and qualified as a SEN at Newmarket Hospital. My hospital experience prior to joining The Guildhall Surgery in 2003 was at St. Charles Hospital in London, the West Suffolk Hospital and the Bury St. Edmunds Nuffield Hospital. Having attended the appropriate courses, I am involved in providing travel vaccinations, children’s immunisations, cervical cytology, wound care, diabetes and coronary heart disease monitoring, as well as general primary care nursing.
When I am not at work, my interests include bringing up my family, swimming and gardening.
I qualified as a RGN in 1998 having completed the Dip HE Nursing programme at Suffolk College, Ipswich, as a mature student. After a year at the West Suffolk Hospital I moved to community nursing in Mildenhall and, then, Bury St. Edmunds, attached to The Guildhall Surgery. In 2004 I became one of the practice’s nurses. I have attended courses in wound care, palliative care, diabetes, asthma, HRT, aural care & IV training. In addition, I have completed Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice and Leg Ulcer Management courses at Suffolk College as well as the Marie Curie Cervical Screening and Intermediate Advisor in Smoking Cessation courses.
Outside work I enjoy going to antiques and furniture auctions, listening to music, reading, gardening, swimming and going to the gym.
I qualified as a RGN at Colchester General Hospital in 1986 and, then, worked at the Essex County Hospital and Colchester Hospital before moving to Cornwall where I worked in a nursing home. I returned to Suffolk in 1993 but left nursing in 1995 to bring up my family. I, then, moved to work in retail before taking up a post as Health Care Support Worker at The Guildhall Surgery in 2005. During 2009 I underwent re-training at the West Suffolk and Ipswich University and re-qualified as a RGN.
When I am not at work my time is spent with my family, gardening and reading historical novels.
Educated at King Edward V1 Upper School in Bury St Edmunds
I jointed the Guildhall & Barrow Surgery in September 2011, having previously worked in a Private Nursing Home as a senior carer. I have attended numerous courses and have quite a variety of responsibilites including ECG’s, phlebotomy and wound care
In my spare time I enjoy looking after my horse, swimming and spending time with my family.
Barrow Practice Nurses
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1998 from St Bartholomew Nursing College in London. From there I moved to Cambridge and worked at Addenbrookes Hospital on a rotation programme, working six months in Trauma & Orthopaedics and then working in Accident & Emergency for three years.
I then took a year out to go to Australia for one year and whilst there worked at Manly Hospital, Sydney for three months on a surgical ward. When I returned to England I worked at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for five years in Accident & Emergency, Intensive Care and Coronary Care. I then specialised in cardiac nursing, working as an Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist predominately with patients that had Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators.
After starting a family I moved back to Bury St Edmunds where I grew up and worked at the West Suffolk Hospital as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist in the Suffolk COPD Service. I was in this role for four years before moving to the Guildhall & Barrow Surgery as a Practice Nurse. I am mainly based at the Barrow Surgery and continue to have a specialist interest in respiratory and cardiac nursing. I have a diploma in COPD and am currently studying for my masters in Advanced Healthcare Practice.
In my spare time I enjoy country walks with my dog, cooking, music and spending time with my family and friends.