The skills and experience of nurses continue to have more recognition and application in primary care – and rightly so. We continue to develop our nurse-led services, which have proved to be very popular. You may choose to see our practice nurses Susan McCrae, Penny Thompson, Lesley Haxworth, Stacy Shepherd, Kirsty Edmunds or Gina Williams (Our Barton Surgery Practice Nurse). The nursing team take a lead role in managing conditions such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. They can give you structured support to stop smoking, and they also run daily nurse minor illness clinics for patients requesting same day urgent appointments, or who are looking for telephone advice. Naturally they also offer the traditional nursing services, such as blood sampling, dressings, childhood and other vaccinations, the removal of stitches, and they help the doctors with minor surgery. They will also give you contraceptive advice, arrange all your travel vaccinations and advise you on maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. You will see Maureen Robertson or Sophie Blaydes for blood samples, blood pressure checks and ECGs.