Sister Val Hawkins

Practice Nurse, Nurse Prescriber

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.

Sister Karen Rietdyk

Practice Nurse

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.

Mrs Beverley Lea

Healthcare Assistant

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.