The practice has 10, 700 patients. We have six permanent GP partners, (three full time and three part time), one Advanced Nurse Practitioner, one Nurse Practitioner, a Chronic Disease Management Nurse and a Health Care Assistant. We have the additional help of District Nurses, Health Visitors, Midwives, Counsellors, administrative and reception staff. The practice is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to teamwork and high quality patient care.
Out of hours care is covered by the Barndoc service. We participate in teaching medical students from Royal Free Hospital and University College Hospital, and the practice is a member of the Medical Research Council's GP research framework. Our practice nurses are skilled in delivering acute as well as chronic disease care.
This includes general treatment room nursing care, minor illness consultations, nurse led chronic disease and family planning clinics.
We have an excellent in house educational programme with a commitment to providing training and appraisal to all practice staff. Based at Barnet General Hospital (BGH), Midwives will provide shared care with the GPs before and after delivery. Once pregnancy has been confirmed by the GP, and so referral made to the Antenatal Clinic at BGH, an appointment for dating ultrasound scan (normally 12 -- 14 weeks) will be sent. This is followed by an appointment with Team 6 midwives at approximately 14 - 16 weeks, including full antenatal check, information giving, etc. Subsequent care will be provided in accordance with the recommended NICE guidelines.
Some women will have shared care with the consultant team at BGH, others will have midwife-led care provided at the GP surgery, depending on medical and obstetric history. Antenatal clinics are held every Monday afternoon at the GP surgery. Following the birth of your baby and discharge home from hospital, home visits will be provided by Team 6 midwives on a needs basis, normally 10 - 14 days, when your care will be handed over to the health visitor. Patients over 40 are recommended to have their blood pressure checked every 3 years and the Health Care Assistant can do this for you or you can check this yourself in the new self-monitoring blood pressure machine sited in the waiting room.
Two readings should be taken as often the second one is lower. If you are found to have high blood pressure you will be asked to attend monthly over the next few months to see whether or not it settles as some people are nervous and the reading can be falsely high. If you drink excess alcohol, are overweight, add too much salt in your diet, take little exercise and smoke, you will be advised to rectify these factors as the blood pressure should then fall and medication may not be needed.