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. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.
|Nurse Caroline Sidonio (f)|
Nurse Team Lead
Caroline qualified in 1990 and worked in Maxillofacial, Orthopaedics, Palliative Care and Gynaecology before joining Westcourt in 2000 as a Practice Nurse. Caroline left the surgery for 3 years to pursue her interest in hospice care and returned in April 2014 as Nurse Team Lead. She thoroughly enjoys all aspects of general practice nursing but has a particular passion for wound management, family planning, women's health, sexual health, palliative care and cardiac diseases.
Caroline works Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday mornings and Fridays.
|Nurse Rona DeNiese (f)|
Rona qualified as a Registered Nurse in Glasgow in 1979, and as a Midwife in Barking & Dagenham in 1981. She has worked across many specialities over her career in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Since joining the practice in 2012 she has received further training in childhood immunisations, leg ulcer and wound care management, sexual health & contraception and asthma, and has attained RCN accreditation in diabetes care.
Rona works Monday afternoons, Wednesdays and Fridays.
|Nurse Tara Maher (f)|
Tara qualified as a Registered Nurse in Watford in 1993 and soon after moved to London where she worked in general medicine, followed by HIV speciality. Tara moved to Sussex in 1998 and continued working in the HIV department in both day-care & outpatients, then moving to HIV Clinical Trials. In 2010 she went to live in Australia and continued nursing, primarily in HIV & sexual health clinical trials and then in cardiology clinical trials. Tara first embarked on working in General Practice in 2012 whilst in Australia and has worked in both an urban & rural GP practices. On return from Australia in 2015, Tara started work in a busy GP surgery & walk-in centre in Great Yarmouth where she gained lots more experience & knowledge in chronic disease management, dressings, vaccinations, cervical smears, baby immunisations & minor injury assessment & treatment. Tara has now returned to Sussex and recently joined Westcourt Medical Practice as a Practice Nurse.
Tara works Monday mornings, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
|Nurse Debbie McGraw (f)|
Debbie qualified in 1987 at Worthing Hospital and commenced working on the medical wards. She has covered many specialties in in her career, including oncology & haematology, before finding her passion in cardiac nursing. Debbie worked on the cardiac ward/coronary care unit from 2001 until 2015, when she joined Westcourt.
Debbie works Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
|Nurse Sam Seare (f)|
Sam qualified in 2004 and relocated to West Sussex where she has spent the last 10 years in a Community setting, working as a Community Nurse and Community Matron, providing everything from wound care to Chronic Disease Management. Sam has also worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at St Wilfrids Hospice. Sam’s particular interests lie in Cancer care, Chronic Disease Management and
Palliative / End of Life Care.
Sam is full time and works all week.
|Nurse Jane Kelly (f)|
Treatment Room Nurse
Jane in 1984 and worked in local community hospitals for 5 years after leaving the Army. She then left to have a family, returning to the NHS as a phlebotomist at Worthing Hospital, before returning to General Practice as an Healthcare Assistant. She has recently re-qualified as a trained Nurse at Brighton University and holds a new role as a Treatment Room Nurse. Jane has a passion for wound care, especially leg ulcers.
Jane works Mondays, Tuesday mornings, Wednesdays, Thursday mornings and Fridays.
Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.
|Mrs Emma Birch (f)|
Emma qualified as a Phlebotomist 10 years ago from the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust. Emma is very passionate about Phlebotomy and although, for a short period Emma was working with children in the education sector, Emma decided that her forte was working as a Phlebotomist and re-entered the Health Care sector.
Working mainly within hospital settings in both outpatients and inpatients, more recently Emma has been working within the community either visiting patients at home or those residing in residential facilities. Emma is continuing her studies and training as a Health Care Assistant.
Emma works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings.
|Miss Kayleigh Holman (f)|
Kayleigh is a newly qualified phlebotomist; having previously worked in an office environment, she was was keen to learn new skills and make a change to her career. Kayleigh is now looking forward to expanding her knowledge in her new role as an Healthcare Assistant at Westcourt.
In Kayleigh’s spare time she helps run a Brownie group in the Worthing area. She is also an avid dancer in Ceroc (modern jive) and travels all over the country to attend events.
Kayleigh works Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday mornings.