Okehampton Medical Centre Tel: 01837 52233, NHS

Okehampton Medical Centre, GP Practice in Okehampton

Practice Nurses

Our team of practice nurses and healthcare support workers can help with advice and solve many problems. They also have distinct areas of responsibility so if you are able to give as much information as possible when booking an appointment it will help our receptionists to direct you to the correct practitioner. Some of our nurses are qualified Nurse Prescribers who are able to prescribe medications for you if needed.

We have practice nurses, minor illness & minor injuries nurses, healthcare assistants and phlebotomists.

Our many skills include:

  • Minor illness clinics where patients are examined diagnosed and treated with medication if relevant or given advice. This includes emergency contraception.
  • Practice nurse clinics providing immunisations, travel advice, dressings, cervical smears, some contraceptive services and many general nursing skills.
  • Long term condition clinics including the monitoring and treatment of patients with asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease and vascular conditions.
  • Our healthcare assistants can offer health screening, dietary and weight advice. Also BP monitoring, ECGs and ear syringing
  • The phlebotomists run clinics daily for blood tests including INR monitoring for patients on Warfarin.
  • Our nurses also run the minor injury clinics daily.

Mr Alex Moores - Pharmacist
MRPharmS PgCertClinPharm MAPCPharm

I qualified in 2005, spending the next 14 years as a community pharmacist and manager. I have a clinical interest in asthma, COPD and hypertension. I will be involved in managing these in long term condition clinics, as well as medication reviews and queries.
Interests: Spending time with my family, cycling and gardening.

Mad McDonald - Paramedic

I have been a Paramedic for 20 years and worked for Southwestern Ambulance Service for 23 years altogether. I made the decision to move into Primary Care a few years ago as I wanted to follow patients through and help on a long term basis rather than dealing with accidents and emergencies.

I joined Okehampton Medical Centre in October 2019. My main role is working within the “Same Day Team”. This team speaks to all the patients that contact the surgery when they need urgent treatment. I also do home visits for the acutely unwell that cannot get into surgery for assessment and help within the MIU.

Primary Care medicine is a whole new textbook of medicine and I am thoroughly enjoying my move.

Okehampton Medical Centre is a very progressive surgery and are one of only a handful that use Paramedics within Devon. It does seem to surprise people when I introduce myself as a Paramedic that works in the surgery however the Paramedic profession within Primary Care is quickly becoming the norm.

In my spare time I have a smallholding with a few Devon and Cornwall Longwool sheep - which I have started to show – also chickens, ducks, dogs and cats. I am an avid Exeter Chiefs rugby fan as well and can be found in East Terrace on a Saturday afternoon.

Pip Rubbra - Nurse Partner & Nursing Team Manager
BSC Health Studies. RGN. Independant Nurse Prescriber.

I became a partner in the practice in September 2019. My responsibilities are to lead and support a large multidisciplinary team and work collaboratively with our General practitioners and practice manager. I also lead a mid Devon nurse forum and have an active part in contributing to our PCN.

My interests are to improve and encourage nurse leadership in primary care and to help influence effective, holistic working as a multi disciplinary team in general practice and create a strong working relationship with our community teams.

Judith Magowan - Minor Injury / Minor Illness Prescribing Nurse
RGN, Registered Mental Health Nurse, BSc Health Studies and Independent Nurse Prescriber

Background: I have worked as a practice nurse since 1993 and have a specialist interest in long term conditions such as Diabetes, Asthma and COPD, Cardiovascular Disease and Heart Failure. I am also trained in the management of patients with minor illness problems. I am a nurse educator with a post graduate certificate in education and work as an associate lecturer for Plymouth University and co teach the asthma/COPD module and teach and lead on the CVD and stroke module in Primary care.

Interests: Swimming, walking on the moor, cycling and yoga.

Janet Graburn - Minor Injury / Minor Illness Prescribing Nurse
Independant Nurse Prescriber

Background: Qualified RGN 1987 Worcester. Worked in general surgery/urology/intensive care. Travelled and worked in Australia. Became practice nurse in 2001 in Herefordshire. I then moved to Devon and now work as Practice Nurse and Minor Illness Nurse at Okehampton Medical Centre

Interests: Walking, mountain biking, netball, reading and gardening.

Carolyn Langton - Minor Injury / Minor Illness Prescribing Nurse
SRN, Independent Nurse Prescriber, BSc Hons Health Studies. Dip. Asthma/Family Planning/Diabetes.

Background: I have worked at the Medical Centre since 2000 and I qualified as a nurse prescriber in 2012. I run diabetes clinics, minor illness clinics and general practice nurse clinics.

Interests: I enjoy walking on Dartmoor and the coastal path, cross-stitch and reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Mark Horsley - Minor Injury / Minor Illness Prescribing Nurse
RGN, BSC Health Studies

I qualified in 1991 at Bristol School of Nursing. I worked in RD&E after qualifying and at Okehampton War Memorial Hospital until its closure in 2003 mainly working on the medical ward and in the MIU. I was lead nurse for the MIU and was part of the team who helped plan and oversee the move to the new hospital in Okehampton in 2003. After 25 years working at the Okehampton hospitals I was keen for a new challenge. I was successful in applying to come and work at the medical centre and started here in April 2016. I have a varied, enjoyable and rewarding job which is often very busy and challenging.

Interests: Spending my weekends off with my family and time to enjoy the garden. As well as the occasional round of golf!

Mrs Julie Ford - Minor Injury / Minor Illness Prescribing Nurse
RGN, BSc Health Studies, Independant Nurse Prescriber

Joanne Wood - Minor Injury / Minor Illness Prescribing Nurse
RGN, Independant Nurse Prescriber

I qualified in Bristol in 1984 and have had a varied career in the NHS and Private Practice working on wards,in A&E and Out patients.

For the last 13 years I have been back in A&E working as a Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

In 2018 I joined the team at Okehampton working in Minor Illness and Minor Injuries.

I am a keen runner and enjoy cycling, gardening and walking. I also love to travel both in the UK and abroad.

John Blakeney - Home Visiting Paramedic
HCPC - Paramedic

Fiona Cook - Practice Nurse
BA (Hons), RGN, PGCE, Independant Nurse Prescriber

Background: I qualified as a Nurse in 1985 in Bristol. My first specialty was palliative care working for several years in a Hospice in Hereford. I then moved into General Practice Nursing. I have a special interest in Respiratory Conditions, and support patients of all ages with a wide variety of long term health conditions. I train and mentor nurses and health care assistants through Plymouth University and have worked with National bodies to establish standards of training and competence for these groups.

Interests: I belong to a local church where I learn from working with the children’s group and I love walking our dog, swimming, reading and crafts

Heather Johns - Practice Nurse
RGN, Registered Midwife (1986 - 2011) BSc Hons Health Care Studies

Background: I have worked in the Okehampton area since 1990 in hospital and community. New to general practice nursing in 2012 and loving the job as it fits around my family and hobbies.

Interests: Actively involved in scouting (beavers & explorers), swimming, dogs (we have two golden retrievers), crafting and sing in a gospel choir.

Nicky Pedrick - Senior Healthcare Assistant
Care Certificate, NHS Health Checks, L5 GP Assistant Certificate

Background: I have been at Okehampton Medical Centre since 2008, before that I worked in the leisure industry where I taught swimming and aerobics and promoted healthy living.

Interests: Playing hockey, walking, reading and teaching swimming.

Kirsty Freeman - Senior Healthcare Assistant
Level 3 Diploma Maternity & Peadiatric Support, NVQ L3 Care, L5 GP Assistant, Venepuncture

Background: Started working at Launceston Medical Centre in phlebotomy. Qualified as a Healthcare Assistant February 2006 NVQ3 in care. December 2011 level 3 diploma in maternity and paediatric support. Started working at Okehampton Medical Centre Sept 2012 as a Healthcare Assistant.

Interests: Running, walking, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Poppy McBain - Health Care Assistant
Care Certificate, Venepuncture

Jacqueline Barrett - Phlebotomist / Research Coordinator
BSc (Hons) Psychology, PGdip Health Psychology, Venepuncture

Background: I have worked at Okehampton Medical Centre since 2000 as one of the practice phlebotomists and thoroughly enjoy the patient contact it gives me. Alongside my job here, I have spent many years working in research (mainly in child development, the early diagnosis of cancer & currently in Primary Care Research). I have also worked as a volunteer bereavement visitor for Exeter Hospice.

Interests: Walking and riding on Dartmoor, camping & hostelling, family history research, photography and anything that involves a map!

Julie Andrew - Phlebotomist
NVQ Care level 3. Paediatric First Aid Level 3, Venepuncture Level 3

Background: I have worked at the Okehampton Medical Centre since 2010 as a phlebotomist including HCA clinics in the last 5 years. I've lived in Devon since I was 11 years old.

Interests: When not working I enjoy trying different crafts including knitting, sewing, painting etc. We also have a local business making pet products.

Natasha Sims - Health Care Assistant
Venepuncture, Care Certificate, L5 GP Assistant Certificate

Background - I have worked at the Okehampton Medical Centre since 2018 starting as just admin support and progressing to becoming a phlebotomist and Health Care Assistant.

Interests - When not at work I love walking my puppy Ronnie and spending time with family & friends.

Jesse Jones - HCA
Health & Social Care A Level, L2 Customer Service, L3 Business Admin, Care Cert, L5 GP Assistant

Jazz Squire - HCA
Venepuncture, Care Certificate & L5 GP Assistant

Background – I started working at the medical centre in 2018. Starting off as a receptionist I then recently progressed into becoming a General Practitioner Assistant, Health Care Assistant and Phlebotomist. I also spend some of my time with the admin team either on reception, upstairs on the phones or as a medical typist.

Interests – When I am not at work I spend my time with my husband and my Bulldog, Winston. I also love to travel. My travels have taken me to many places; Egypt, Kenya, Zanzibar, Mexico, Dominican Republic, China and many more.