Houghton Close Surgery, Ampthill, Bedfordshire

Houghton Close Surgery

1 Houghton Close
MK45 2TG
Tel: 01525 300898
Fax: 01525 406939


Practice Manager

Debbie Barry is our Practice Manager and is responsible for the running of the practice. She will help you with any questions about administration and non-medical aspects of your health and treatment at the practice.

Nursing Team

We have a very experienced team of nurses in the practice who all have varied skills and specialities as well as general nursing skills. 

Nicola Stokes is the Nurse Lead (Clinical).

The team includes 

  • Minor illness Nurses:   Nicola Stokes, Kate Philbin, Kam Kaur
  • Practice Nurses:  Charlotte Eavis, Claudia Tyson, Louise Borromeo 
  • Health Care Assistants: Victoria Robins, Caroline Phillips, Christine Mack
  • Phlebotomist: Lisane Fry.

Practice Nursing Duties

Practice nursing duties include:
Dressings, travel advice and vaccinations, childhood immunisations, smears, vaginal swabs, contraception checks for oral and injectable methods, blood pressure checks, ECG 

Minor Illness Nurses

All of our Minor illness nurses are nurse prescribers which means they can prescribe medications for those patients that they see and assess, within their own competency and safety framework. 

Skills that minor illness nurses can carry out include:  viral illnesses, sore throats, tonsillitis, hay fever, sinusitis, eczema, skin complaints, muscular complaints such as neck, shoulder or back pain, regular and emergency contraception, cystitis, conjunctivitis, earache, skin infections, insect bites, sunburn, nappy rash and abdominal pains.   

All the minor illness nurses can assess patients with exacerbations of their asthma or COPD.

Annual reviews for asthma are undertaken by Nicola and Kam 

Annual reviews for COPD are undertaken by Kate and Kam

Specialist Clinic

All the Minor illness Nurses can do medication reviews for patients with high blood pressure and oral contraceptive pills.

In addition Kate can do annual reviews for those patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes. She can also do annual reviews on patients that have more than one chronic disease.

Nicola can do reviews for patients with Heart failure.

Diabetic Nurses

Annual diabetic reviews are now performed as a two part process:

Victoria or Caroline will do the initial assessment to include: blood test and routine observations.

Kate or a GP will then do the second part of the review based on the results from part 1 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Kate and Kam perform annual COPD and spirometry checks (Lung function tests).


Nicola and Kam perform annual asthma reviews 

Chronic Heart Disease (CHD) and Stroke reviews

Charlotte and Claudia carry out annual CHD/ Stroke reviews.

Smoking Cessation Advice

Nicola, Claudia and Victoria can carry out smoking cessation advice.

Nicotine replacement therapy, one to one support and oral medication can be offered within these clinics.


Lisane Fry, Victoria Robins and Caroline Phillips have specific phlebotomy clinics.

Health Care Assistant

Victoria Robins, Caroline Phillips and Christine Mack are our health care assistants. 

They can do dressings, ear syringing, new patient and NHS health checks, blood pressure checks and 24 hour blood pressure and ECG’s. 

Patients that request ear irrigation are asked to book with one of the Minor illness Nurses.

Anticoagulation Clinic

The practice offers  in house anticoagulation testing for Warfarin control by our Practice Nurses

Claudia Tyson and Caroline Phillips lead these clinics.

This is done via a finger prick blood test and computer support system.


Our Receptionists and Secretarial Staff are here to help you and their role is to ensure the smooth running of reception. 

They may need to ask you further details when you telephone to ensure that we can assist you appropriately, they are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the Doctors and Nurses.


Our dispensary staff are available to arrange repeat prescriptions and answer queries you may have about your medication.

The Dispensary is open from 9.00am - 1.00pm and again from 2.15pm - 6.00pm.

Telephone lines are only open for Housebound and elderly patients between the hours 10.30 and 12 noon and 2.30 and 4.00pm.