Team update

Changes to the Clinical Team at Kingskerswell & Ipplepen Medical Practice

Dr Sally Roberts

After 25 years working as a GP Partner at Kingskerswell and Ipplepen Medical Practice, Dr Sally Roberts will be retiring from the partnership at the end of August . Her last working day in practice is Thursday 30th August. Dr Sally has made a huge contribution to the practice and I’m sure you will miss her as much as we will. We wish her a well-deserved retirement and hope she stays in touch.

Dr Emily Clapham

We welcome back Dr Clapham from her maternity leave who will be replacing Dr Sally Roberts at Ipplepen. Dr Clapham is back already undertaking induction and refresher training and will be regularly working Tuesdays and Fridays at Ipplepen from week beginning the 3rd September. Dr Clapham will be taking over the patients that were allocated to Dr Sally Roberts as “Named usual GP” (patients with a surname beginning with A to D).

Dr Hannah Oliphant

We are delighted to tell you all that Dr Oliphant (GP based at Ipplepen) is expecting her third child so a big congratulations to Hannah and her family. Dr Laura Woollett who some of you may know as a GP Locum has accepted our offer to join the team working on a regular basis on a  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to cover Dr Oliphant’s 12 month maternity leave. Dr Woollett will be temporarily taking on Dr Oliphant’s named patients under the “Usual Named GP” (patients with a surname beginning with K to Q).

Dr Richard Sanford

GP Partner Dr Richard Sanford has increased his shifts worked per week so you may see more of Dr Sanford!

Louise Knight Nurse Practitioner

We have been extremely lucky in recruiting a new Nurse Practitioner to the team Louise Knight. Louise has vast experience in working in General Practice, with specialised qualifications in Diabetes Management and End of life care. Louise will be predominately based at Ipplepen working all day Monday, all day Wednesday and Friday mornings. Louise did not replace anyone within the team but one of the many reasons we decided to recruit Louise as an addition is to support the Duty Doctor with the on the day demand in hope to reduce appointment waiting times and improve continuity of care.

Below are just some examples of conditions that Louise can diagnose and treat:

  • Ear, nose and throat problems
  • Eye infections
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Urinary symptoms
  • Digestive problems
  • Women’s healthcare
  • Muscular skeletal problems
  • Contraception
  • Pre-conception counselling

Please note that currently Louise does not see children under the age of five or pregnant ladies. Joy Garrett, Nurse Practitioner can, so if you need to be seen and you are happy to see a Nurse Practitioner please just ask for Joy.

If you see Louise for an on the day appointment and your ailment is an area where she may need GP support, Louise has access to the Duty Doctor throughout the day and would be able to liaise with the GP rather than ask you to rebook another appointment.

Dr Alex Stevens – GP Registrar

Dr Stevens was with the practice completing her GP training, Alex has now moved onto a different practice to complete the last few months (contractual requirement to complete the remaining few months at a different practice) – we wish her well with this and you never know we may see her again once qualified.

We will have two new GP Registrars joining the team within the next 6 months and we will let you know once they are with us.

We celebrate the fact that in times of national and local shortages of Practitioners and GPs we have been very fortunate in successfully recruiting into the team. We hope that this is a reflection that people want to join our outstanding team and work with us in delivering a high standard of patient care and in a lovely part of the country.

Thank you all your ongoing support and if you wish to leave any feedback or comment on any of the recent changes above, please feel to leave your feedback at either Reception desk via a practice feedback slip.

From the Practice Team at Kingskerswell & Ipplepen Health Centre