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Mrs Brigitte Waring

BSc (Pharmacy), Diploma Clinical Pharmacy, PhD.

Brigitte is our Practice Pharmacist. She works at our Clay Cross site every day and oversees our prescribing policies. She sees patients for medication reviews and is authorised to prescibe in her own name.

Mr Ben F Gascoyne (m)


Mrs Rochelle Hopkin (f)

BSc , Mpharm

Ben & Rochelle work part time. They deal with medication enquiries and re -authorisation of medication.

Community Nurses

The District Nurses are not based at either of the Blue Dykes Surgeries. They provide nursing care such as dressings and blood tests in the community for our housebound patients.

If you are a Clay Cross Patient and wish to contact the District Nursing Team directly please telephone them between 09.00 - 17.00 Monday to Friday on 01246 252929. If you require assistance outside these hours please contact the Surgery on 01246 866771.

Grassmoor patients should contact the Surgery on 01246 852995 and the staff there will liaise with the Nursing team on your behalf. 

Health Visitors

Kerry Stevenson
Sue Boffey
Denise Wheeler

The Health Visitors are not based at either of the Blue Dykes Surgeries.

If you wish to contact them directly you should telephone 01246 252932 or 01246 252933. 

Nursery Nurses

Chris Seedhouse

NNEB Diploma Caring for Children 0-7 years City and Guilds

Julie Franks

NNEB Diploma ADCE (advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education)

Nursery Nurse Training is undertaken at college over a period of 2 years and includes areas on:

  • Child development 0 to 8 years.
  • Looking in detail at the different needs of children through home, social, emotional, physical and educational needs.
  • Detailed observations and evaluations.
  • Appropriate play for different ages.

Nursery Nurses Offer:

  • Baby Play Visits for all parents of new babies.  We introduce play ideas and pass on information about groups.
  • 2 Year Developmental Checks.  This visit is usually carried out by nursery nurses in you own home to assess the development of your child.
  • Baby Massage.  This is offered to families.  This is where we encourage parents to use positive touch to soothe, calm and relax their baby.
  • Special Visits.  These can be offered to support parents with the following issues: behaviour, toileting, sleep patterns, eating and speech.
  • Baby Clinic.  At Clay Cross we support and give play ideas.  At Tupton Clinic different topics are discussed, stories read and sometimes we go for a pram walk.
  • Post Natal Group. At Clay Cross children's centre.  As nursery nurses you will see us on the rota discussing with you different areas of child development.
  • Baby Play Group.  This is on a Wednesday from 10am - 11am at The Community of Christ Church on Thanet Street.  This group is free for parents and babies under 1 year old.  Each week a different theme is explored through play.
  • Story and Rhyme.  This is at Clay Cross library every Thursday from 10.30am - 11am.  All ages of children are encouraged to join in with story, puppets, instruments and singing.
  • Health Promotion.  Through displays, special days and discussions with parents.

Attached Staff

Health Care Champion

Ellie Trown 

Ellie works with the Health Trainer Service which provides support for individuals that need help to make life-style changes. She has information on a number of topics and is available for patients to speak to on an appointment basis. Please contact the surgery and ask to speak to her in the first instance. 

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