Unst Health CentreBaltasoundUnstShetland, ZE2 9DYTel: 01957 711318
Graduated at the University of Birmingham in 1978 and completed vocational training for general practice 1983, achieving MRCGP in 1985. She has worked as a GP in Shropshire, Nottingham and the Borders. She has also worked in Palliative Care in the past. After retiring as a GP partner in March 2016 she moved to Fetlar and has been working here since July 2016.
Mandy Nesfield qualified as a registered nurse from York University in 2003. She spent 2 years working in a Stroke Unit, before moving to Shetland, with her family in 2005. She has been based at the Gilbert Bain Hospital, on Ward 3 and Ronas Ward, until taking up the post as practice nurse in November 2012.
Ms. Christie Dougherty has recently joined the health centre team as a Healthcare Support Worker. Christie will be working with the Practice Nurse, Mandy Nesfield, on a weekly basis. She also shares her time with the Yell Health Centre. Christie will be taking blood samples, ECGs, height and weight as well as blood pressure readings.
Claire Priest and Isla Inkster
The practice managers are involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care. They are also responsible for human resources, finance, patient safety and equipment maintenance. The practice managers supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and also helps to develop extended services to enhance patient care.
Margo Spence, Verona Shaw, Margaret Spence, Martha Moar, Ann Thomson, Valerie McMillan and Vaila Thomason.
Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, financial claims, patient records and carrying out searches and practice audits.
We recognise that it may appear that we have a lot of reception staff working for us, however all staff members work part time and support the Unst community at other locations. We are staffed with two receptionists in the morning to allow for dispensing of acute medication from appointments and in the afternoon there is only one reception team member working.
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