Appletree Medical Practice

Your Health Matters!

About the Nursing Team

Nursing team

We have a team of very experienced nursing staff comprising:

Nurse Practitioner

Val Steele, our Nurse Practitioner, leads the nursing team at Appletree. She runs her own clinics for patients presenting with acute and long term routine conditions and specialises in Diabetes and Women’s Health.

Val can diagnose, treat and manage common ailments such as ear, chest and urine infections. She sees patients with musculoskeletal problems, e.g. back, knee, ankle, hip and shoulder pain, and offers contraceptive advice, emergency contraception and prescribes medication. Val will see temporary residents for urgent problems, and refers patients for specialist intervention.

Val specialises in Diabetes and Women’s Health.

Specialist Nurse

Niki Field is our specialist Nurse with particular responsibility for the Care Homes in the area. In addition she is trained and experienced in the management of hypertension, CVD, Diabetes and other long term conditions. Niki works alongside Val Steele in managing minor illness.

Advanced Clinical Practitioners

Heidi Hill focusses on frail and elderly patients, and those at particular risk of hospital admission. She is experienced in the long term management of patients with complex issues. Heidi sees patients in care homes, in their own homes and face to face at the surgery.

Helen Rodger has a paramedic background and as such is well placed to carry out urgent home visits and conduct first line assessments at the surgery.

Practice Nurses

Kate Moore, Angela Gitto, Sally Cozens and Amy Armiger, our Practice Nurses, are available by appointment for various treatments, health promotion advice and screening, including smears, immunisations and vaccinations. They too specialise in areas such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma and COPD.

They are qualified to advise and treat many minor conditions and it may be quicker to see a Practice Nurse than wait for a consultation with your Doctor who nevertheless is always available if you have any cause for concern.

When booking an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner or a Practice Nurse, our Receptionists may need to ask you the reason for an appointment in order to determine the correct clinician to see and how much time to allocate.

Health Care Assistant (HCA)

Jessica Holmes, our very capable HCA, has undergone training to enable her to take blood samples, blood pressure, assist with minor surgery, health checks that do not involve medication, and perform ECGs.

Please note: All requests for blood tests must be made through one of the Doctors or the Nurse Practitioner.

Midwife (Royal Derby Hospital)

Our Midwife is Catherine Bancroft-Howson who cares for and supports pregnant women, their partners and new babies before, during and after the birth. She monitors the health of the mother, counsels her on health issues and explains the options for delivery of the baby. Her role also involves reassuring parents, running antenatal and parenting classes, taking care of the mother and baby during labour and birth and giving advice on breast feeding.

District Nurses (Derbyshire Community Health Services)

We are fortunate to have a team of District Nurses based at Appletree. District nurses assess, plan and manage the care of sick and disabled patients of all ages in the patient’s own home and residential nursing homes and also provide support for their carers.

Individual care is planned, and advice on further help or services is given including health education. Anyone at home can self-refer to this service. The District Nurses liaise closely with the Hospital, GPs, the local hospice and other specialised services. They administer drugs, give injections, dress wounds, take blood samples and give personal care.

Health Visitors (Derbyshire Community Health Services)

Mary Pearce and Eleanor Burrows are the Health Visitors for the Practice. Mary and Ellie, qualified nurses with additional training in child health and development, will monitor your child’s growth and development, answer any child health queries and help mothers to cope with children under five, advising on such matters as hygiene, safety, feeding and sleeping. They also co-ordinate child immunisation programmes and organise special clinics or drop-in centres.

Mary and Ellie can also provide you with help and information on such related issues as emotional problems, relationship difficulties, family planning and health problems, and advise on healthy eating, keeping warm and getting the right exercise.