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Darren is our Musculoskeletal Practitioner and is a Chartered Physiotherapist. He is able to assess musculoskeletal problems (joints, bones and muscles) and provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. You can now book an appointment directly with him either via the online booking service or reception without needing to see the GP first.
Some of the conditions he can see are:
- Joint pain
- Back and neck pain
- Muscle, ligament, tendon injuries
- Sports injuries
- Work related injuries
If you require a period of treatment or rehabilitation from a physiotherapist then Darren can refer you into the local services directly. If necessary, he can also refer you on for further investigations (blood tests/x-rays etc.) or for specialist consultations such as with Orthopaedic or Rheumatology consultants
MB, ChB, BSc (Hons) (1993 Manchester) JCTGP
MB, ChB, MRC (in GP) DRCOG, MRCGP, DCP Gen Practice, MSC Gen Practice
MBBS, MD, DFSRH, MRCGP
Zahirah is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner who works alongside the doctors and nurses. She is able to consult with patients for a range of conditions including chest problems, urinary problems, gynaecology problems, ear, skin and eye problems, coughs, colds and sore throats.
Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, injections, travel vaccinations, immunisations,weight management smoking cessation, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks Ecg, 24hr blood pressure monitoring and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.
Joanne is involved in managing all the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care,human resources,finance,patient safety,premises and equipment and information technology. The practice manager supports the Partners and other medical professionals helping develop extended services to enhance patient care.
Deputy Practice Manager
Sam is our new Mental Health Worker. For mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression and low mood you can make an appointment with Sam without seeing a GP first.
Laura is a Pharmacist Technician working with our practice, as part of an NHS England pilot scheme to help support the GP Workforce. Laura works as part of a larger pharmacy team, deployed all over Bolton, to help support practices in delivering better patient outcomes. Laura’s current role in our Practice is very varied but her main focus is around medication itself and supporting patients in making sure they get the best from their medication.
Laura should be the first point of contact at the practice to help any patients who have a query or issue with their medications, including, being able to synchronise repeat medications which run out at different times.
Laura is able to consult with patients on Wednesdays and will liaise with the GP if there are any issues.
Health Improvement Practitioners
Health Improvement Practitioners help people to develop healthier behaviour and lifestyles in their own local communities. They offer practical support to change their behaviour to achieve their own choices and goals.
The exact role will depend upon the needs of the community in which they work, but typically would involve:
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