Nurse Ruth Allinson (f)
Diabetes Nurse Specialist
I have worked in Diabetes since 2005, for 10 years as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse at Bromley Diabetes service and since then at Elm House and Cator Medical. I am also qualified to prescribe diabetes medication so I can provide a one stop shop for diabetes within the practice.
I qualified with a BSc (hons) in Nursing Studies in 1998 at South Bank University. My background is in Accident and Emergency where I have worked for most of my career, predominantly at Lewisham Hospital, initially as a staff nurse but progressing to the position Sister. In 2009 I trained to become an Emergency Nurse Practitioner, continuing to work in the Accident and Emergency Department, and then the Urgent Care Centre; subsequently passing my Independent Nurse Prescribing course in 2011. I have worked at Elm House and Cator Medical centre since 2016. My background in Emergency Care gives me invaluable experience and knowledge for the Urgent Clinics I run across both GP Surgeries.
Lead Nurse RGN, BSc, Dip Asthma/ COPD
After primarily qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1988 I went on to do my Midwifery training and, following working on a maternity unit, I went on to work on a children’s ward. I have worked in both NHS and private sectors gaining experience in medical and surgical areas. I have also worked in the community for many years as a Public Health Nurse and completed my BSc in 2009 as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse for 5-19 years. I continue to enjoy and embrace working with children, and I also have a keen interest in respiratory conditions, in which I have enjoyed running specialist asthma and COPD clinics. It is a privilege to be leading an enthusiastic team of nurses who are dynamic and forward thinking with patients’ best interests at heart.
DipHE Adult Nursing
After qualifying as a Registered Nurse at Kingston University, I commenced my career with the ward nursing team at the Princess Royal University Hospital
in Farnborough, working on Medical, Orthopeadic and Gynaecology wards, before taking a career break to raise my family. Following successful completion of the Return to Practice course at Greenwich University, I’m pleased to have returned to the nursing profession and privileged to join the Practice Nursing team at Cator Medical Centre.
I qualified at Guy’s Hospital in 1984 and I stayed there, working on Oncology, Urology and a Medical ward. I moved on to work in both the NHS and the private sector gaining experience in Surgical, Medical and Outpatients. I then worked on a District Nursing team and became a Practice Nurse 14 years ago. During this time I was the Nurse Lead for an Anticoagulant Service. I enjoy Practice Nursing due to the variety of areas that it covers and no day is ever the same.
I completed my Masters Degree in Nursing in 2003, and spent the first ten years of my nursing career working in hospitals in both England and Australia. My main speciality was Intensive Care, and I worked in the Critical Care Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital for six years as a Senior Staff Nurse, Research Nurse and Practice Educator. In 2013 I moved into primary care, and have completed a Diploma in Contraception and an Independent Prescribing qualification. I am very pleased to be joining the nursing team at Elm House Surgery & Cator Medical Centre.
I qualified in 2012 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing from King’s College London and went straight to work on a busy surgical ward looking after colorectal and Urology patients at King’s Denmark Hill. I worked with the Army medical services at Sandhurst delivering primary care as a second job which piqued my interest and I decided to move full-time to Primary care in 2015, when I started working at a GP surgery in Clapham; 4 years later I became their lead nurse. I have also worked with the Dermatology clinic at King’s treating leg ulcer patients and this sparked my interest in wound care and tissue viability.