Community Nurses

Jenny Crane

Jenny grew up in Weymouth but moved to Leeds in 2001 to do her nurse training. She worked in Elderly Medicine at Leeds General Infirmary before moving out into the community to work with the District Nurse team. Jenny moved to Dorset in 2012 and joined the District Nursing team in November 2012.

Jenny Wheatley

Jenny trained in Bromley, Kent and qualified in 1989. She started her career in medical and community hospitals moving to HDU and then A&E in latter years. Her move to community nursing started with the night nursing service covering Dorset then she joined Queens Avenue Surgery in June 2013.

Health Visitors

Lisa Birks (f)

Lisa BirksLisa trained as an adult nurse in Warwickshire in 2000 and then went on to train as a neonatal nurse which she did for 10 years.  She has also worked as a sexual health and contraceptive nurse.

She trained as a Health Visitor in 2012 and took up a post in Leicestershire.  Lisa relocated back to Dorset in July 2012 as a full-time Health Visitor and joined Queens Avenue in August 2016.


Jane Rawe

Jane has a degree in psychology and an MSc in clinical psychology. She has worked in hospitals and general practice with both adults and children, joining us here at Queens Avenue in 1987. Referrals are made via your GP and after an initial assessment, you will be offered approximately 6 sessions at the surgery.

Attached Staff

Community Midwives

The ‘blue team’ midwives offer a weekly antenatal clinic at the surgery. The Midwives organise antenatal screening and classes and keep you informed of all the support available to you. There is close liaison between the Midwives, Health Visitor and your doctor.

After your baby is born the Midwives will see you at home until ten days after the birth when your Health Visitor will become involved. The doctor will contact you soon after your baby is born and will organise a postnatal visit if necessary.


Our physiotherapy service is provided by a team of experienced physiotherapists from Dorset County Hospital.

If you are referred for physiotherapy your treatment will take place at Dorset County Hospital. The first appointment will last approximately 40 minutes. During this time you will first be asked questions about your problem, then the physiotherapist will need to examine you. To achieve this you may be asked to remove some items of clothing. Please make sure you are wearing appropriate underwear or have shorts or a sleeveless top to put on. You are welcome to bring someone to accompany you if you wish.

When the examination is complete the physiotherapist will explain his or her findings to you, then will discuss the most appropriate way to manage your problem in order to obtain the best long-term outcome.

It is usual for patients to be given a regime of exercises to do between appointments to assist your rehabilitation. These exercises are a vital part of your treatment and it is important that you are willing to make time to do these exercises daily as instructed.

Physiotherapy is a very popular service offered at the surgery and there is usually a waiting list. If you are unable to attend your appointment, please help us by informing the surgery with as much notice as possible so this time can be offered to another patient.


This service is available on referral from your GP. The Chiropodist will make an initial assessment and carry out treatment. You will then be offered further treatment as appropriate.

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