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COVID-19 VACCINE & BOOSTER

If you have still not had your vaccine, or are due to have your booster, please call our COVID admin line on 01473 694466 to make an appointment.  Vaccinations are being done at Ivry Street Medical Practice but you can also have this done at one of the COVID walk-in Centres (one of which is at Gainsborough Clinic).  Pharmacies also offer COVID Vaccinations.

 


Named GP

All patients registered at Barrack Lane Medical Centre hold a practice wide registration. This means you can elect to be seen at either Barrack Lane or Stoke Park site. Every patient is allocated a named GP, but this does not prevent you from seeing the clinician of your choice if they have availability. If you would like more details please contact us or ask at reception.


Keep or Cancel

Patients who do not attend for their appointments cost the National Health Service many millions of pounds each year.

If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.

By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot.


Out of Hours

For urgent advice after the surgery has closed, during the night and at weekends dial 111 for the Out of Hours Service for Suffolk. Calls to this service are free of charge from both landlines and mobiles. 


Test Results

Specimens need to be dropped in at the reception desk by 12 noon so that we can send the samples off to the laboratories.  Please ring for results after 2.30pm when the surgery is less busy.

 

Nurse Practitioners

We have highly trained and dedicated Nurse Practitioners that support our doctors.

Nurses

Penny SibthorpPenny Sibthorp
I qualified in 2001 from the University of Surrey with a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing and then began working first in a Medical Assessment Unit and then in Accident and Emergency. After awhile I caught the travelling bug and went to Australia to work for a year. When I returned to the UK I decided not to go back to the hospital but to work within the community as a District Nurse.

In 2005 I began working at Barrack Lane as a Practice Nurse. Since then I have qualified as a nurse prescriber and cover a wide range of clinics but mainly focus on those patients with chronic conditions. I recently completed a physical assessment course, which I am using to develop my skills within minor illness consultations. I really enjoy all aspects of nursing within general practice but my areas of interest are wound management, travel health and diabetes.
Cathryn SilverCathryn Silver

Originally from Australia I graduated with a Certificate of General Nursing in 1986. I continued to work and study within hospitals both in the States of South Australia and Tasmania, completing my Certificate in Intensive Care and Midwifery. In 1991 I decided to combine my desire to travel and my nursing career, hence travelled to London for a two year working holiday. I spent a further three years in Saudi Arabia before returning to Ipswich in 1996. I have continued to study and to work, completing my Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) I worked both in the NHS and Private hospitals before undertaking my position at Barrack Lane as a Practice Nurse in 2004.

I have now qualified as a Nurse Prescriber and have completed my Bsc (Hons) in Adult Nursing. I undertake various tasks as part of the nursing team and have an interest in long term conditions, in particular, diabetes.

Tina GipsonTina Gipson

I qualified in 1987 from North East Essex School of nursing, and then began working within acute Medicine. I then moved to Ipswich where I worked as a staff Nurse at Ipswich Hospital within care of the elderly, coronary care and endoscopy.

In between this I had my two sons, and with family support I was able to continue with my work. I then decided to change direction, and began work as practice nurse in general practice in Bury St Edmunds. Soon after this I began working at Barrack lane in April 2003. Since then I have completed my Asthma Diploma and generally enjoy all aspects of my work. My outside interests are keeping fit, music, cooking and running. I often participate in the weekly Parkrun.

Samantha Wilkins (f)

I have been a registered nurse since February 2011. I have undertaken various roles across different services and joined the practice in November 2017.

I see patients for wound dressings, Long Term Conditions, contraception, immunisations, cervical smears, and a variety of other conditions.

Mary Sentance (f)

Mary Sentance is a qualified Practice Nurse who joined our Practice in January 2020.

She has worked in general practice for many years and has a wide range of knowledge and experience in practice nursing. 

Nurse Zoe White (f)

Zoe White joined our surgery in December 2019.

She is new to General Practice and is undertaking further training to enhance her clinical skills.

Donna Munson (f)

Donna Munson has been with the Practice now for over 7 years. She started off as a Health Care Assistant, then progressed to the role of Assistant Practitioner. 

Donna then went on to train as a Practice Nurse for which we are pleased to announce that she has completed her training and is now a fully qualified Practice Nurse.

 

Health Practitioners

Sam Nicholls (Advanced Care Practitioner)

Before Sam became an advanced care practitioner, she was a fully qualified Paramedic. She sees patients with minor Illness problems as well as visiting housebound patients at home who are unable to get to the surgery.  

Neil Lawrence (Paramedic)

Neil has worked in the NHS since 1988.

He first worked in the operating theatres at the hospital and in 2000 he moved to the ambulance service, qualifying as a paramedic.

He joined Barrack Lane Medical Centre in March 2018 and sees patients with minor Illness problems as well as visiting housebound patients at home who are unable to get to the surgery.    

Gordon Parish (Paramedic)

Gordon joined our practice in March 2022. He was previously a fully qualified Paramedic and sees patients with minor Illness problems, as well as visiting housebound patients at home who are unable to get to the surgery.  

Alexandra Marshall (Paramedic)

Alex joined our practice in March 2022. She was previously a fully qualified Paramedic and sees patients with minor Illness problems, as well as visiting housebound patients at home who are unable to get to the surgery.  

Matthew Nockels (Paramedic)

Matt joined our practice in July 2021. He was previously a fully qualified Paramedic and sees patients with minor Illness problems, as well as visiting housebound patients at home who are unable to get to the surgery. 

Social Prescriber

We have two Social prescribers at the practice, Jessica Cook and Eleanor Earey. They are able to give patients more time, focusing on ‘what matters to you’ and take more of a holistic approach to people’s Health and Wellbeing.

They can help patients connect to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Healthcare Assistants

Ruth Angel is our Health Care Assistant who can see you for blood tests, blood pressure checks, ECG's and health checks. 


 

 
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