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Nurse Practitioners

Tracey Hembrough (f)

Nurse Partner

RN (Truro 1989) MSc Nurse Practitioner (Exeter, 2000) PGCert(Med)Ed

Having initially trained at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Tracey spent seven years working on a variety of wards at West Cornwall Hospital.  She joined the Alverton practice in 1997 as a practice nurse, and qualified as a nurse Practitioner in 2000.  Tracey became a Partner in the practice in 2005, becoming the first ever nurse partner in the South West of England.  

Tracey also works for the NHS Kernow CCG as a Lead Practice Nurses and is responsible for aspects of practice nurse training in the County.  Her other medical interests include minor illness, chronic disease management (including asthma, diabetes and heart disease), sexual health and contraception.  Tracey works alongside Dr John Ryan in clinical research and has an active management role within the practice and is responsible for the quality of service provision and patient care.


Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.
Caroline Polglase (f)

Minor Illness nurse

RN (St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, 1983)

Caroline completed her nurse training in London in 1983 and then returned to Cornwall and worked as a District nurse for seven years.  She has been working at The Alverton practice for over 20 years, initially as a practice nurse but more latterly as a prescribing minor illness nurse and chronic disease management nurse.  Caroline also has specialist interests in contraception, diabetes and respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease (COPD).

Sharon Durbin (f)

Practice nurse


Following her initial training, Sharon worked in various areas of nursing including a position in cancer nursing at the world renowned Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Sharon joined the practice in 2006 and since undertaken extensive qualifications in the whole range of practice Nursing.  Her main areas of expertise are wound care and Travel Health.  She is also actively involved in women's health and various aspects of chronic disease management including diabetes and coronary heart disease.

Tegen James (f)
Natalie Care (f)

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants (HCAs) support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (taking blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks.  They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.  Our HCAs also run smoking cessation clinics. 
Maureen Simister (f)
Julie Anderson (f)
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