- Mrs Purvi Shah – Independent Prescriber
I recently joined Parkwood drive surgery as a clinical pharmacist. Prior to that I was working with surgery in North London. I have worked for more than 8 years in community pharmacy setting as a manager. My role involves medication reviews and chronic long term condition management such as Hypertension, Heart failure, Atrial fibrillation, Ischemic heart disease, Diabetes and Asthma/ COPD. I am qualified to prescribe and can help with any medicine related queries, high risk drug monitoring and am actively involved in medicine reconciliation after hospital discharge. Outside the surgery I like socializing, and am an active member of many social groups. I enjoy cooking, dancing and being busy with my kids.
- Mr David Owen – Paramedic
Bio to follow.
- Clare Jones – Nurse
I trained in Sheffield in 1992, and worked in immunology, HIV and infection control at Barts Hospital, joining Parkwood Surgery in 2000, progressing through to lead Nurse in 2008. I enjoy the variety and workload of being a practice nurse, particularly the continuity of care and the relationships with patients that are fostered over such a long period. My specialist interests are diabetes, wound care, travel, contraception and women’s health. Out of work I enjoy spending time with my energetic springer spaniel and yoga.
- Elaine Whittaker – Nurse
I joined the surgery in 2014 to become a Practice Nurse. I qualified as a Nurse in 2007. During that time my main area of Nursing that I worked in had been A&E. I had also experienced a medical ward in the hospital and 18 months spent on the cruise ships as a Nursing Officer. Great opportunity exploring new countries and gaining new skills. Working in A&E was a steep learning curve and I loved my time there. Often treatment patients with major illnesses and injuries to the more minor illness and injury. The skills that I have gained during that time have helped me along the way to become a Practice Nurse, which I love! Always busy and never the same in 1 day.
- Kerry Farmer – Nurse
I joined Parkwood Surgery as a Practice Nurse in January 2019. I qualified as a Nurse in 2009. During that time my main area of Nursing was Stroke and Neurology where I started working as a Newly Qualified Nurse and over the years through learning, experience and progression I became a Specialist Acute Stroke Nurse before becoming Ward Manager of an Acute Stroke Unit. In 2016, I got married and relocated to Hemel Hempstead. In 2017, I had my daughter and post maternity leave I worked for a short period of time in Hemel Hospital. However, after almost 10 years in Hospital settings and becoming a new mother I was ready for a change and new challenge. After years of wanting to venture out into the community and become a Practice Nurse – Parkwood Surgery offered me a fantastic offer to do so. Throughout the years I have gained abundant clinical skills/knowledge and yet I continue to learn every day in my current role. No two patients are the same and every day is different. I thoroughly enjoy my Job as a Practice Nurse and the team that I am a part of.
- Karen Dancer – Health Care Assistant
I am the practice health care assistant having previously worked in ITU. I’m involved with Minor surgery, Vasectomies and coils, as well as wound care, and other aspects of general health care. I enjoy helping all these aspects run smoothly and pride myself on being part of what Ii feel is an excellent nursing team. I enjoy talking to people and extend that in to my home life where I am a walk leader on the “Hertfordshire health walks”. Up until 2015 I had spent 14 years as a volunteer for “Girlguiding” as a Rainbow leader