Hailsham RoadHerstmonceuxEast Sussex, BN27 4JXTel: 01323 833535
Dr John A Simmons (m)
MBBS MRCGP LFHom
Dr Simmons trained at UCL, graduating in 1996. After initially pursuing a career in Pediatrics he moved to Sussex to become a General Practitioner. Dr Simmons has trained in Homeopathy, Acupuncture and Cardiac Coherence, pursuing a more integrative approach to health care. He has four children, is passionate about environmental issues and sustainable living, loves walking his dog, watching football (he has always supported the best team in London) , traveling and meditating
Dr Dodge trained at King's College London and Westminster Medical School and qualified in 1986. She did her GP training on the Cleveland Scheme in Middlesborough, then was a Partner in Durham for 7 years. Dr Dodge joined Herstmonceux Health Centre in 1998. She has undertaken additional training in memory assessment and dementia care. Her other medical interests include dermatology and gynaecology.
Dr Dodge has four daughters and enjoys family activities, gardening and walking.
Dr Sarah Andersen (f)
MBBS, BSc, DCH, DGM, MRCGP
Dr Andersen trained at UCL, alongside Dr Simmons, qualifying in 1997. She also completed a degree
in the history of medicine and travelled abroad before training as a GP in Sussex. Paediatrics, elderly
care medicine and mental health are her areas of special interest. She is also particularly keen on the
holistic aspects of healthcare, and would like to focus on health more than disease, and ability more
than disability. In 2017 she will reach the end of a part time Masters degree in Global Health at Sussex
University. Her current research project is on the potential health benefits of singing, and she has been
known to prescribe singing as we do have a choir at the practice. She lives in Brighton and enjoys
walking with her partner, two children and dog. 'NHS Stories' is an art project that she has run recently
and the photographs from it can be seen on Facebook under the title " NHS Stories".
Dr Richard Blakey (m)
Dr Blakey trained at Guys Hospital and qualified in 1986. He did his GP training near Falmouth in Cornwall before moving to East Sussex in 1990. Dr Blakey has been a GP in the area for the past 27 years as well as working as an emergency doctor supporting the ambulance service and as a medical officer at Brands Hatch for 10 years. Although he works part time as a GP, he has kept himself busy with various jobs over the years, including Chair of the Professional Executive Committee of East Sussex Downs & Weald PCT, Clinical Chair of the Sussex Heart Network. Currently he is one of two GPs with Special Interest in Cardiology, running The Community Cardiology Service, Cardiovascular and Renal Lead for Eastbourne Hailsham and Seaford CCG, Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure Lead for Kent Sussex & Surrey Academic Health Science Network , Board member and educational lead for the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society. In his copious free time is a keen gardener, obsessed with sub-tropical plants grown in pots, walks up as many hills as he can find and cooks a mean Massaman Curry amongst other Asian dishes.
Debbie Hart is our Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Debbie is a trained nurse with years of experience both in practice and as an Advanced Community Nurse Practitioner.
Debbie is trained to consult and prescribe and will be working and supported by the Doctors at the Health Centre.
Lizzie Ripley - Lead Nurse
Lizzie qualified as a general adult Nurse in September 2005, starting her career as a District Nurse. Lizzie went on to become the Lead Nurse at the largest practice in Lewes managing a team of 12 Nurses. During her time in Primary care she has completed her Masters modules in wound care, diabetic management, physical health assessment, pharmocolgy and nurse prescribing. When Lizzie is not working she can be found with her family, dog walking, watching karate and rugby or roller booting!!!
Lola Strom - Nurse
Specialising in Asthma, COPD & Smoking cessation clinic. Lola qualified in 1982 from Harefield and Mount Vernon Hospitals School of Nursing and started working in General Practice in December 2002.
Lola is proud to have been the only staff member to attend Wembley on the 30th July 1966
Sally Smith - Healthcare Assistant
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.
Margaret Appleby & Melanie Ingham
There is a team of district nurses who work alongside the GPs and surgery staff. They provide skilled nursing care and advice, when requested, to patients, relatives and carers. Unlike the practice nurses their services are focussed on people who are housebound and includes care as diverse as minor dressings to care of the terminally ill at home. The nurses also work in co-operation with other health care agencies.
They can be contacted directly on 01323 446987.
Health visitors are qualified nurses with special training and experience in child health, health promotion and education. They offer practical support and advice in a host of diverse situations. Many people think that health visitors only visit new babies and their families at home. This is not the complete picture. Health visitors aim to promote the health of the whole community.
The team can be contacted on 01435 865811 and they also run a clinic in Herstmonceux Village Hall between 9.30am and 10.30am on the first Wednesday each month.
Michelle Harmer is working as a proactive care practitioner who will be working closely with the Health Centre alongside other health care, community and voluntary services to support individuals from a health and total wellbeing perspective. Aiming to aid those with long term conditions who may feel isolated or disengaged to feel more motivated and supported whilst assessing their health needs.
"Since Qualifying from the University of East Anglia, I have worked in varying areas of health care across the country. Settling in London I worked for St Thomas’ on a specialist respiratory unit and supported their outreach programme, before moving onto work at Trinity hospice to specialise in palliative care and support the development of their community team.
Since moving to East Sussex in 2008 I have worked as a community nurse, providing varying levels of nursing care and support for the house bound patients.”
Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre is a training practice for qualified doctors at various stages of their training programme, all of which are supported by the Clinical team at HIHC. Information on the current doctor training at HIHC is displayed in reception.
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