Our Nursing Team

Helen Powell, Practice Nurse

Diane Bird, Healthcare Assistant

​Diane has been working as an HCA within a GP setting for just over 10 years and has been a member of the team at Monks Park Surgery for two years.  Diane says she thoroughly enjoys her role working in a great team with great patients.  Her duties include spirometry, phlebotomy, ear syringing, ECGs, dressings, health checks and supporting patients to stop smoking.  She also assists the GPs with coil fits and minor surgery.

​​Helen qualified as a registered nurse in 1992 and has had extensive experience in both a hospital and community setting.  She has worked in respiratory and cardiac surgery, community health visiting and district nursing and has been a practice nurse for 19 years.  She carries out all treatment room duties and has a special interest in diabetes, asthma and family planning.

Kate Cochran, Practice Nurse 

Kate qualified as a nurse in 2004 in Bristol and worked as a community nurse until 2011 when she came to work as a practice nurse at Monks Park Surgery.  She carries out all treatment room duties as well as having a special interest in COPD, wound care and infection control.

What does a Practice Nurse do?

Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. Practice nurses usually run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes. Nurses can have additional skills and train as nurse practitioners. Some nurses can prescribe medication and are called nurse independent or supplementary practitioners. Other nurses may run minor ailment clinics and most practice nurses carry out cervical smears.
​What does a Healthcare Assistant do?

Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), spirometry, ear syringing, ECGs, dressings, health checks and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.