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The Team - Practice Nurses

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Practice Nurse Manager - Helen Wright

Helen started her nurse training in 1977 in Leicester, at Charles Frears School of Nursing and qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1981.

She worked as a Staff Nurse at the Leicester Royal Infirmary until 1984 when she left to begin her District Nurse training at Demontfort University. She qualified in 1985 and worked in the Braunstone and Blackbird Road areas of the city.

She came to work as a Practice Nurse in Countesthorpe in 1988. Her role includes chronic disease management, particularly diabetes, health promotion, smoking cessation, sexual health and other clinic room services.

She also manages the team of nurses and health care assistants.











Practice Nurse - Judy Staples

Judy lives in Countesthorpe and is married with three children.

She trained at Charles Frears School of Nursing and qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1978. She worked at Leicester Royal Infirmary until 1980 when she trained as a midwife.

Judy joined the Health Centre in 1989 and currently works here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. She specialises in Asthma, COPD, Family Planning and Travel Medicine.












Practice Nurse - Louise Bullous

Louise trained at the North Warwickshire School of Nursing in 1983, working at the George Elliot and Manor Hospitals.

She qualified in 1985 as an enrolled nurse and spent her first 3 years working in acute medicine for the elderly. In 1988 she joined the community nursing service in the Blaby and Lutterworth locality and was based at Countesthorpe for a large part of that time. Louise completed additional courses in Care of the Elderly, Teaching and Assessing and District Nursing. She completed a conversion course in 1995 to achieve Staff Nurse status.

In June 2009 Louise joined the practice nursing team. Besides offering the range of Practice Nurse services, she will soon be training to provide closer support for patients with certain long term conditions.

Louise is married with two children and works 3 days a week at the practice.











Practice Nurse - Jacqueline Hemmings

Jacqui completed her training at the Mansfield and Worksop School of Nursing and qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1988. She first worked on the Nottingham neonatal unit during which she was seconded to Oman in the Middle East as an Education Sister for 2 years.

She later held a post as an Education Sister on the paediatric ITU (Children’s Heart Unit) at Glenfield Hospital, where she qualified as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse (RSCN). Subsequently she became a clinical trainer and area manager for a medical company and then a hernia specialist for a further 2 years. She enjoys teaching and supporting the development of colleagues.

Jacqui joined the Countesthorpe nursing team in August 2014. As well as general nursing skills her specialist areas are diabetes, family planning and travel health.

She is married with 2 children and enjoys time away with family, socialising with friends and walking the dog.











Health Care Assistant - Claire Simmonds

It is with the profoundest shock and sorrow that we are informing you of the death of our Health Care Assistant Claire Simmonds who passed away on Saturday 17th November after serious complications arising from a recent leg injury.

Claire was an energetic, hard-working and loyal member of the practice team for many years and we will miss her dreadfully; we know that the many patients who met her over this time will share our deep sense of loss.  Our thoughts and best wishes are with her family and friends at this most difficult of times.

We thank you all in advance for your understanding and forbearance as we try to come to terms with this terrible news.

Claire was originally from the North West. She joined us in 2004 and carried out a range of tasks, including well-person checks, blood tests and ECGs.

Claire had an interest in the care of the elderly, health promotion and weight monitoring.

Claire was local to the village and enjoyed country walks, reading, travel, the arts and spending time with her family.











Health Care Assistant - Carole Parker

Carole originally comes from the Midlands and joined Countesthorpe Health Centre in 2006.

She carries out blood tests, ECGs, glucose tolerance tests, blood pressure monitoring and well person checks.

Carole is married with 2 children and lives in Countesthorpe. She likes watching live bands and going on holidays.