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Pharmacists

Nate Richardson-Read

Nate is our General Practice Pharmacist.   They will deal with any medication queries and reconcile medication changes made by the hospital.  You may get a call from Nate to discuss your medication if changes are required

Community Midwives

  • Provide a full range of midwifery care, health education and social care advice to women throughout pregnancy and childbirth from referral to discharge from midwifery care;
  • Provide care in a range of environments throughout pregnancy and childbirth for women and babies including health centre and home;
  • Provide homebirth services as required;
  • Provide ante-natal and postnatal care and on occasion during labour

Antenatal Midwife Clinics are on Tuesday mornings and

Thursday afternoons. Booking Clinic is run on Wednesdays

Midwives also provide Parentcraft Classes and Aquanatal Classes in Kelso

For further information or advice telephone the Health Board Reception desk in the Health Centre- 01573 223001

Community Nurses

Community (District) Nurses

A team of qualified nurses who have specialist training to provide nursing care for the housebound and acutely ill in their own homes.  Providing:

  • Wound care
  • Continence care
  • Venepuncture
  • Palliative care
  • Health promotion
  • Long-term condition care
  • Care management in partnership with Social Work
  • Doppler assessment

Anyone requiring care in their home environment can refer to the Team via Health Board Reception on – 01573 223001

Health Visitors

Health Visitor & Public Health/School Nurse

Working hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm

Health Visitors

Aim to help you lead as healthy a life as possible, both physically and mentally

Health Visitors are concerned with the health and emotional well-being of the whole family. We can advise, listen and, if necessary, direct you to the more specialist help

Often run special health promotion groups, such as parenting and baby massage. We also have extensive knowledge of other local activities

Can offer advice on:

  • Family Health
  • Child Development and Behaviour
  • Health Screening
  • Wetting and Soiling issues

For further information or advice telephone the Health Board Reception desk in the Health Centre – 01573 223001

The Public Health Nurse/School Nurse

is committed to the health improvement of children and young people of school age, helping them realise their potential in health and education

She works closely with your own GP, School Doctor and other Health Professionals, also liaising with Education Staff

Several activities that PHN/School Nurse has responsibilities for are:

· Child Health Surveillance in schools

· School Immunisation Programme

· Drop in clinic in the Secondary School (offering a confidential

listening and advisory service for health and lifestyle issues)

· Self-esteem group work

· Health Promotion Activities

· One to one counselling/support

· Appropriate referral to Specialist Services

· Supporting transitions from Primary to Secondary Schools

· Training and Supporting school staff in dealing with complex medical issues in school

Attached Staff

The GPs are working closely with Scottish Ambulance Service to mentor Specialist Paramedic Practitioners through their Advanced Practitioner training.  They are also mentoring nursing colleagues to assist in their prescribing qualifications.  The paramedics and nurses are skilled at assessing patients, and you may be seen by a paramedic or nurse when attending as an emergency

Wellbeing Adviser

A Wellbeing Counselling service for health behaviour change is currently running in Kelso Health Centre

This project has been set up to help and support patients to make health behaviour changes focusing on smoking, healthier eating & diet, exercise and safer alcohol use.  The service also offers confidential support and advice on how to deal with psychological problems such as stress, anxiety and low mood.  The Wellbeing Adviser will follow a solution-focused/problem solving approach and when appropriate offer self-help material and signposting to local agencies from their Toolkit

The Primary Care Team have all received training in Brief Intervention Skills and use this approach to identify patients who may consider making a change. They then refer patients on to the Wellbeing Adviser. The Adviser works with each patient individually to identify the behaviour they would like to change, when and how they are going to do this

Our Wellbeing Adviser works Mondays and Tuesdays each week.  Following referral(or self-referral), the Wellbeing Service contact the patient to arrange an appointment

Further information is available from Reception at Kelso Health Centre: 01573 224424

Dietician

The importance of a balanced healthy diet is widely recognised and it is very important for maintaining health and for recovery from illness

This service is for people who require help with eating and drinking, or who require a special diet as part of their treatment. Therapeutic advice can be given for a wide range of ages and medical conditions such as diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, food allergy, eating disorders, coeliac disease and nutritional support e.g. swallowing problems

Community Clinics are held on a Monday and Wednesday morning

Referral to the Dietitian is via your Doctor or other member of the Primary Health Care Team

For further information or advice telephone the Health Board Reception desk in the Health Centre – 01573 223001

Podiatrist

Appointment system via Secretary (based at Coldstream HC)  Telephone No: 01890 885288  Podiatry Hub, Kelso Community Hospital, Kelso  Services:

Aim to provide improved footcare for the Borders’ public with the use of ‘Open Access’. This means the service will be available to any member of the public and, depending on their clinical need, will offer them an appropriate course of treatment. The first appointment is for assessment, which enables the Podiatrist to determine your clinical needs

Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and Language Therapy is designed to help anyone with language (understanding and spoken) or speech problems.   This might include developmental delay, learning difficulties, acquired neurological disorders, hearing impairment, head and neck injury, dementia, fluency and voice disorders.  Assessment of swallow problems

For further information or advice telephone the Health Board Reception desk in the Health Centre – 01573 223001

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