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Community Midwives

Debbie Garner and Claire Lyes are the Midwives at BPC.  This is what they say about midwife training... "There are two ways to train as a midwife.  There is a direct entry course which lasts 3 years, or, if you are already a registered nurse (RN), there is an eighteen month shortened course.  In both cases you become a registered midwife (RM).  Midwives have a very comprehensive, ongoing education and appraisal system in place, and we have to attend many sessions annually to keep up to date with our practise and maintain our registration.  The real art of midwifery though, lies in a natural optimism and trust that nature knows how to do its thing, with a skilled eye out for the very rare occasion that it doesn't quite go to plan.  Infinite patience to let nature do that thing at its own pace, and the capacity to drink large amounts of tea while waiting!"

Mrs Debbie Garner (f)Mrs Debbie Garner (f)

RMN RGN RM Dip HE/Midwifery  Debbie was born and bred in Ipswich and qualified as a Midwife in 1988.  She joined BPC in 2001 and has developed a professional interest in ethical issues and child protection issues.  At home Debbie describes her interests as "speedway, gardening, reading and having fun".  She has one teenage daughter who is quite strange!

Mrs Claire Lyes (f)Mrs Claire Lyes (f)

SRN RM  Claire comes from Ilfracombe, North Devon.  She qualified as a nurse in 1982 and as a midwife in 1984 going on to gain experience as a operating theatre scrub nurse, hospital and community midwife.  Claire's professional interests include teaching anatomy, physiology and holistic therapy at Suffolk College, away from work she relaxes by playing the flute, gardening and reading.

Health Visitors

As part of the review process being undertaken by our CCG the Health Visiting team are now working in area clusters around the town.  The team offers advice on all aspects of child care, parenting and development for all children up to the age of 5. You can contact the Health Visitors on their direct line no. 01473 745461

Attached Staff

Link Workers.



Diabetic Nurses.

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