The pharmacy team are here to support our patients, the GPs and the rest of the practice team. They consist of qualified pharmacist prescribers and pharmacy technicians. Their role is to support the GPs with patient's annual medication reviews; ensure safe prescribing through appropriate monitoring; quality initiatives and audit; answering patient's and health-professionals medication related queries and updating our patient's medication following attendance at hospital.
Dr Brigitte Waring
Pharmacy degree (BSc Hons First Class) at Liverpool Polytechnic 1991, Clinical Pharmacy Diploma at Cardiff University 1994, PhD "Rational Prescribing in Primary Care", Cardiff University 1999, Independent Prescribing qualification, Leeds University 2008
Having originally trained and gained a solid grounding in hospital pharmacy, I then went on to be one of the first pharmacists in UK to work with GPs in 1994. I continued to work with GPs in different parts of the country and after a couple of years in Australia, I returned to my home town of Chesterfield to continue to work with patients in GP surgeries. My main focus is ensuring patients get the most appropriate medication for them as individuals, to support their treatment and overall health. My daily work at the practice includes; medication review appointments, medication related telephone queries, prescription related queries and adjustment of medication as per hospital advice.
More recently, I have become involved in assessing quality of care for our patients and now have a remit as overall Quality Lead for Royal Primary Care.
Ben F Gascoyne
I completed my Pharmacy Degree in 2013 at the University Of Bath (MPharm hons First Class) and after this returned to my home town of Chesterfield to complete my training in community pharmacy in Clay Cross. After completing my training I went on to work full time in community pharmacy for several years. In 2016 I split my job and now work part time for Royal Primary Care, primarily based in Clay Cross whilst also continuing to work in community pharmacy part time. My usual work revolves around reviewing patients medications face to face, taking telephone queries on medications from patients and dealing with clinic and hospital discharge letters.
Sandy joined the pharmacist team at RPC in January 2019 after five years of running medication review clinics two mornings a week at the Grassmoor site whilst managing the local pharmacy. She also deals with prescription queries, medication issues from patients and colleagues and facilitating smooth coodination with the local pharmacies. She has a particular interest in the management of chronic pain, and has spent time with the local pain management team to offer a more holistic approach to this very difficult and emotionally charged area of medicine.
1986 BPharm hons University of Bath
1987 Registered as a qualified Pharmacist
Thirty two years experience in many pharmacies, mostly community, some hospital experience. (Three manager positions held over this time)
2013 began surgery based clinical medication reviews
2018 independent prescriber qualification
2019 Joined the RPC pharmacy team
I undertook my training at Sheffield Royal Hospital and my first job as a qualified pharmacy technician was at Guys Hospital London where I gained valuable experience working in a busy teaching hospital pharmacy.
I have also worked at Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Welwyn Garden City as well as Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
In 2003 I moved to work at Derbyshire PCT as a medication review technician and in 2005 took up the position as dispensary manager at Evelyn Medical Centre in Hope.
After 5 years I went on to position of dispensary manager at Bakewell Medical Centre where I stayed until June 2018.
I took up my present position as pharmacy technician with Royal Primary Care in September 2018.
This was a new role for RPC to trial additional help to pharmacists and be able to make best use of the different skills available within the pharmacy team
I enjoy working as part of the team helping patients get the best outcome from taking their medicines
Apothecaries of London and City and Guilds of London Institiute Dispensing Technician Certificate 1978 Chesterfield College of Technology
BTEC Pharmaceutical Science 1985 Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology
BTEC Professional Development Certificate (Clinical Pharmacy Technicians) 2003 University of Derby
The District Nurses are not based at the Surgeries. They provide nursing care such as dressings and blood tests in the community for our housebound patients.
If you are a Clay Cross Patient and wish to contact the District Nursing Team directly please telephone them between 09.00 - 17.00 Monday to Friday on 01246 252929. If you require assistance outside these hours please contact the Surgery on 01246 866771.
Grassmoor patients should contact the Surgery on 01246 852995 and the staff there will liaise with the Nursing team on your behalf.
Health Care Champion
Ellie works with the Health Trainer Service which provides support for individuals that need help to make life-style changes. She has information on a number of topics and is available for patients to speak to on an appointment basis. Please contact the surgery and ask to speak to her in the first instance.