MB ChB Cape Town 1982 MRCGP DCH DGM.
Dr Orpen has been a partner at St James's since 1991 and was a GP trainer for 12 years. He was also a GP specialist in Orthopaedics at the RUH for 15 years. He is currently Chair of NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG, the organisation responsible for the planning and purchasing of most NHS services in the area.
BMedSci MBBS MRCP MRCGP
Qualified from The London Hospital Medical College in 1995 and joined St James's Surgery in 2002. She has special interests in diabetes, cardiovascular medicine and child health.
MBChB MRCGP Qualified at Liverpool University in 1983.
Dr McConnell has been a partner in the surgery for 9 years. She has lots of experience in various hospital roles and many years in a General Practice in Bath and Northern Ireland. Special interests are asthma, mental health and contraception.
MBChB Bsc MRCGP graduated in 2000 at Edinburgh University.
Dr Rees joined surgery in 2005 and works part time. She has special interests in Family Planning, Women's health and Dermatology.
BA, MBBS, MRCP, DCH, MRCGP qualified from University College London in 1999.
Dr Gadhok spent several years as a GP partner in Brixton, South London and relocated with his family to Bath in 2015. In London he was a GP trainer and a GP appraiser, and he is hoping to become a GP trainer in Bath. He also works one day a week as a GP adviser to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
MB BS MRCGP DRCOG
Orignally from the West Country, Dr Playfair qualified at The London Hospital in 1977. After initially working in the London and Cambridge he moved to Bath area for training in general practice in 1980. He has been with the partnership for more than thirty years.
I qualified at King's College, London in 1983. I ran a successful small city centre practice in Bath for 25 years which merged with St James's in 2016 and I now work part time.
I have an interest in rheumatology and I am the Named GP for Adult Safeguarding at BANES CCG.
The practice is involved in the general practice training scheme. Under this scheme, postgraduate doctors with at least three years' hospital experience will spend a year with the practice developing the skills required for general practice.
Also some of the hospital doctors spend time with us under close supervisor as part of their training. Video consultations are used as a training exercise only with full consent of the patient involved.
We really appreciate our patients co-operation with training the doctors of the future.
We also sometimes have medical students who spend time with us in the surgery observing GP work. As trainee doctors, the students are bound by the same confidentiality rules as all members of the Health Care team.
Our Primary Care Nurses are experienced nurses who work in partnership with the guidance of the doctors; both nurses are qualified to prescribe medication. Primary Care Nurses (PCN) can provide treatment and advice for many common problems and minor injuries (see list below) when you book an appointment you may be offered a same day with a PCN if the receptionist feels this is appropriate. Examples of conditions which the Primary Care Nurse can manage:
When necessary the PCN can also refer you on for a GP appointment.
It may be more appropriate to see one of our experienced nurses for some problems. Appointments can be made with the reception staff.
They can assist you with:
Our healthcare assistant works alongside the nurses and can be seen for the following treatments:
Administrative, Reception and Secretarial staff work behind the scenes and at the front desk to ensure that the practice runs efficiently and provides the best possible patient experience.
The community midwives help in the running of our antenatal clinics and provide care during pregnancy, birth and after the delivery of your baby. Midwives will book their own appointments, but for any questions call Reception on 01225 422911 or you can call Midwife direct on 01225 825973.
Our district nursing team provide assessment of needs and appropriate skilled nursing care to the house bound. They are responsible for the promotion of health and rehabilitation of patients as well as curative and palliative care. For any questions or enquiries speak to Reception 01225 422911.
Our Health Visitors are involved in the promoting and health within the community. They offer health and social advice, plus support to all age groups they are based at Riverside Health Centre. The Health Visitors are available Monday to Friday on the telephone between 8.30am - 10.00am. There is also an answer phone facility and the Health Visitors make every effort to respond to your call by the end of the day. Telephone 01225 474284/474285
You can go straight to your named health visitor for advice and guidance on issues such as:
Talking therapies is a service who can help you through difficult periods of your life and you can self-refer at any time.
The support they offer will generally be short term and will usually take place at various locations across BaNES.
They focus on helping you move forward, either by dealing with a practitioner face to face by telephone.
Appointments can last 30-45 minutes and short courses are normally 2 hour weekly sessions for 6 weeks. They can run in the evenings as well as the daytime. They also run some one day Saturday Courses.
To make an appoinment with a Talking Therapies practitioner call 01225 675150.
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