The Birches Medical Centre, Twelve Acre Approach , Kesgrave, IP5 1JFTel: 01473 624800
MB BCh(Wales)1986 MRCGP DRCOG FPcert
Dr Nick Edwards graduated in 1985 from the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff. He is currently senior partner, having joined the practice in 1989, following 3 yrs of postgraduate training mostly at the James Paget hospital in Norfolk. He is also an honorary senior lecturer for the UEA School of Medicine. He is married to an Oceanographer and has 3 children.
MBBS DRCOG DCH
Qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital London in 1994, He spent three years in hospital posts before embarking on his general practice career. He spent nearly five years as a GP principle in London before moving to Suffolk and joining the Birches in 2003 as a GP partner. He also teaches medical students and is an honorary senior lecturer for the University of East Anglia. He lives locally with his wife and three young children.
MBBS (Dhaka) 1988 MSc (Sweden)1994 LMSSA LRCP LRCS (London)2000 JC PTGP (2004)
Dr Al-Masud graduated from Dhaka Bangladesh in 1988 and continued his training in Sweden before living and working in England. He lives locally and is married with 2 daughters.
MB BS 1992 DA DRCOG MRCGP
Dr Emma Brierly trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London and qualified in 1992.
She qualified as a GP in Brighton in 1999 and since then has worked in Brighton and Ipswich before joining The Birches in 2008.
Her area of special interest is Women’s Health, in particular the management of Gynaecological issues and the provision of contraceptive services. Dr. Brierly is pleased to offer an established coil fitting service here at The Birches.
Emma is married with 3 children and enjoys family time, music and gardening.
Sally trained at the Ipswich Hospital qualifying in 1982 as a registered nurse. Her career has predominately been in the field of emergency care, pioneering the role of the Nurse Practitioner in the Ipswich A&E Department where she was the Lead Nurse.
Sally joined the team in December 2012 and is able to assess, order tests, diagnose and treat patients in a similar fashion to the doctors. Sally is also qualified to prescribe medications as required.
Our nurses perform a variety of services, including running chronic disease clinics, helping people to stop smoking, travel immunisations and advice, child vaccinations, contraceptive checks, smears, injections and general nursing duties.
Jan, Annette and Jen are available to perform blood pressure checks, ECG’s and carry out blood tests.
Practice Managers - Rachel Wilson and Victoria Sawyer
Rachel joined the Practice in September 2009 as a Receptionist and developed her career to become Practice Manager in December 2015. She is passionate about the Birches, it's patients and staff.
Rachel lives locally and is proud to serve the Kesgrave community.
Victoria joined the Practice in June 2014 as a Receptionist with a background of dispensary work. She became Practice Manager in December 2015 and is keen to see the Birches progress and develop to meet the needs of all patients.
Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions, dealing with prescription enquiries and updating patient records.
Our midwife holds weekly antenatal clinics on Wednesday afternoon. If you have a positive pregnancy test, please ask at reception for further information regarding your first visit appointment and how to obtain your Pregnancy Information Pack.
Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN)
Our CPN holds clinics here at The Birches on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and can offer advice and support with a range of mental health issues. A referral is needed from a doctor, so please discuss this with one of our GP’s if you would like to know more about gaining access to this service.
Dementia Advisory Service
We are pleased to be offering this new service from February 2015 in partnership with our friends at Age UK Suffolk. Professionally trained advisors will now be holding regular sessions at the practice in order to offer advice and support to any of our patients or their carers / family members in relation to dementia. Please speak to any of our clinical staff if you are interested in accessing this service.
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