Meet the Team
Dr Andrew Hopwood (M)
MBChB, MA, MRCGP - GMC No 4584030 (GP Partner)
Dr Hopwood Studied medicine at the University of Cambridge, before moving to Nottingham to train as a GP. He has been a GP since 2004. In 2005-6 Dr Hopwood trained to do vasectomies in Derbyshire and since 2006 has performed approximately 70 vasectomies per year at his practice in Bramcote. He also has experience in minor surgery operations including excisions of lumps and bumps and steroid injections.
Dr Rashmi Dahal (F)
MB BS 2014 Tribhuvan University - Institute of Medicine, Nepal - GMC No 748984
Dr Dahal joined as a salaried GP in May 2021. She is due to go on maternity leave soon until the summer of 2022.
Dr Nafisa Chowdhury (F)
MB BS 2003 Dhaka University - GMC
Dr Chowdury joined the Bramcote team as a salaried GP in 2021.
Practice Nurse - Leona Walsh
Practice Nurse - Louise Locastro
Healthcare Assistant - Alison Smith
Practice Manager - Pam Husband
Reception Staff - Lorraine Oakden (Reception Manager), Helen, Ruth, Mo, Emma & Angeline
Bramcote Surgery is part of the Nottingham West PCN
Primary Care Networks are focused on services within neighbourhoods. Together GP's work with social care, pharmacists, mental health and other local health and care providers to deliver local services to the local population.
We have access to these staff who work for the PCN to support Bramcote Patients:
- First Contact Physio is Mohammad Ismail. He works here on a Monday afternoon.
- Miss Aiysha Raoof MPharms, PG Cert, MRPharmS is a Clinical Pharmacist for Nottingham West PCN. She visits care home and house bound patients.
We can refer to other local teams who are employed by the PCN.
Social Prescribing Link Workers and Health and Wellbeing Coaches take time to motivate and support people to make a change so that they can enjoy a better quality of life. Social Prescribers help with issues that cause strain, worry and low mood by listening to what’s important to the patient, helping explore solutions and agreeing an achievable plan. It makes a big difference to talk through goals with someone supportive and who is able to link with organisations that can help. Their practical and emotional support has helped hundreds of people in our communities increase their confidence and self-esteem by connecting them with other people, places and activities.
Wellness Coaches provide classes and one-to-one support for patients who want to be more active and explore new ways to they take care of themselves. Professional and experienced coaches focus on empowering people to be more mindful of the decisions they make and feel more control of their bodies.
Who are the services for?
Social prescribers work with a wide range of people, from teenagers and independent retirees to working parents and residents of care homes. The services are designed to ease those with complex social needs which affect their wellbeing, such as:
- Families or patients who visit their GP and hospital very frequently.
- People whose long-term health conditions aren’t being managed holistically.
- Those who are not confident to manage their own health and need support to activate a more comfortable way of living.
- Some with mild to moderate mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and low mood.
- Any who would benefit from coaching to help change an element of their self-care behaviour.
- Members of the community who are socially isolated, lonely or disconnected.
- Anyone who is looking for support, guidance and motivation to make lifestyle changes.
How do the services work?
GPs, Nurses and Practice staff can refer people to this free and confidential service. A Social Prescriber will then arrange a time with the patient for a conversation. The Link Workers offer support ranging from 6 to 12 interventions over a 3 month period.
Patients can also ask to sign up to group classes and exercise sessions.
Health and Wellbeing Coaches particularly work with patients with Diabetes or pre-Diabetes and respiratory conditions. They provide structured coaching sessions during one-to-one and group classes to help people take a more active role in their own health. This can help patients to:
- Reduce their risk of becoming ill.
- Improve how they manage their chronic conditions.
- Feel empowered to make positive decisions.
- Help their body to use insulin better.
- Improve their blood glucose and lower their blood pressure.