Val qualified as an RGN in 1986 and worked at what is now the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital for many years. She moved into Practice Nursing in 2002 and since then has undertaken her Nurse Prescriber and Clinical Skills examinations. Her role in the surgery is a dual role of Nurse Practitioner and Practice Nurse.
As a Nurse Practitioner she is able to see patients with certain undiagnosed problems, and make an assessment of their needs - prescribing or advising as necessary. Examples of common ailments seen by Val include eye, ear and chest infections, suspected urinary tract infections and exacerbations of COPD and asthma.
The Practice Nursing side of the job involves chronic disease management - for example the annual asthma, diabetes and epilepsy reviews, and also providing travel advice and vaccinations, cervical smear screening, family planning and sexual health advice and pre-school immunisation boosters for children.
Karen is an experienced practice nurse who not only undertakes the management of long-term conditions, but also delivers our childhood immunisation programme in the Tuesday morning clinic.
Bev started out as an Auxillary Nurse in Lourdes hospital in 1984, working on both medical and surgical wards for 18 years. Whilst there she completed an NVQ Level 2 in Healthcare. She then moved to the Liverpool Women's Hospital working in the Emergency Room for a further 2 years. In 2004 she moved to Grassendale and has gone on to complete her Level 3 NVQ.
Her role as a Healthcare Assistant includes blood pressure checks, vaccinations, new patient medicals, weight monitoring and the NHS Health Checks.
All NHS GPs must ensure that for each of its registered patients (including those patients under the age of 16) there is assigned an accountable general medical practitioner (accountable or "named GP"). The accountable GP takes lead responsibility for ensuring that any services considered necessary to meet the needs of the patient are coordinated and delivered. However, this is effectively an administrative role - and there is no obligation for you to see your accountable GP for your appointments. Indeed, if you usually see one of our other doctors in the practice we would encourage you to continue seeing them for continuity of your care.
We have allocated patients to GPs based on the first letter of their surname. The allocations are as follows:
Surnames starting A-M: Dr Baxter; N-Z: Dr Widnall
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The mean earnings for GPs working in Grassendale Medical Practice in the financial year ended 31st March 2019 was £58,494 before deduction of employee's superannuation contributions, tax and National Insurance. This is the average pay for 1 full-time GP and 7 part-time GPs who worked in the practice for more than 6 months during that year.