Nurse Practitioners

Monday - Friday Tel - 01392 201790

There are two Nurse Practitioners at the Practice providing acute same day service in support of our Duty Doctors. Urgent problems will be dealt with on the same day.

Practice Nurses

There are four practice nurses based at the practice. They run a friendly and confidential service providing Diabetes, Asthma and COPD management, cervical smear tests, wound dressings and immunisations. They also give advice and information on contraception, the menopause, diet, exercise and smoking and are happy to help anyone who has a query regarding their health.

You can make an appointment to see the nurse as required. You do not need a referral from your doctor. Urgent problems will be dealt with on the same day.

Meg Hudson - Nurse Practitioner

I qualified from the University of Southampton in 2008. I spent my first year as a nurse working on a urology ward before moving to A&E, working my way up to a sister's post. I worked in a major trauma unit and was even on the TV. I was born and raised in Devon and moved back in 2014 to be closer to friends and family and continued to work in A&E until I moved to the Walk in Centre in 2016 where I developed my Nurse Practitioner skills. I joined St Leonards in April 2020. I really enjoy my job and see and treat a variety of minor injuries and illness's.

I live locally with my husband and our dog (Pepper). In my spare time I enjoy a nice long dog walk and exploring the beautiful surrounding areas the West Country has to offer.

Paula Hood - Practice Nurse

I qualified as a Registered Nurse at The Middlesex Hospital, London in 1985 and have worked in various specialties in the UK and abroad. I specialised in ITU and Cardiac Nursing.

I joined St Leonard's Practice in September 2010 and am the lead Diabetes and Practice Nurse.

I am married with two children and a dog! You may see me on the cycle paths along the river Exe when I'm not at work!

Lucy Brough – Practice Nurse

I qualified as a children’s nurse in 2006, training at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and have worked in a variety of neonatal, paediatric and adolescent settings both in and out of hospitals since then. I joined St Leonard’s Practice in September 2021 and am loving utilising my nursing skills with a different patient demographic! Every day at work is different and I love the variety that general practice nursing offers.

I have lived in Devon for the last 8 years with my husband and our three children. I love being back by the sea having grown up in the Channel Islands and can often be found bobbing about in the water or on my paddle board.

Penny Blell - Health Care Assistant

I joined St Leonard's Practice as an HCA at the end of November 2019. Little did I know that within weeks the world was about to embark on a pandemic! This certainly posed a challenge to learning the new skills I needed for this post!

For 15 years I worked as a Phlebotomist at the R,D&E Hospital. My duties were mainly in medical and surgical outpatients. I also worked on the wards. In addition to this I was responsible for venepuncture training for new recruits and junior doctors. Prior to working at the RD&E I also worked as an HCA at a GP practice in East Devon.

I am married with two grown up sons and two gorgeous Granddaughters.

Health Care Assistants

There are three HCA's based at the Practice. They will see you for your Blood Tests, NHS health checks, Annual healthy heart and diabetes reviews, ECG's, Vit B12 injections and flu and pneumo vaccines.

Nurse Administrator

Our Nurse Administrator is an essential member of our team. She ensures our equipment is in good working order and safe to use. She orders our medical supplies and equipment and in date and that we don't run out of the things we need. She is arranges our meetings and other administrative tasks.

Louise Guy - Practice Nurse

Since qualifying in 1996 at Southampton University Hospital, I have nursed in a variety of settings. I worked abroad in Western Australia in the Emergency Department and enjoyed a period of travel after this. I lived in London for a number of years and worked at St Thomas ' Hospital on a surgical ward specialising in vascular, ophthalmology, general and breast operations. I then transferred to the Emergency Department.

In 2001 I moved to Exeter, nearer my original roots, married and started a family. I maintained a nursing post in the Emergency Department at the RD&E Hospital here in Exeter, in which I stayed until January 2011.

After several years of acute nursing I have a sound knowledge of acute illness, which I hope will prove useful to the primary care setting. When not at work I keep active by jogging and enjoy spending time with my three boys!

Leah Chalmers - Practice Nurse

I qualified as a Registered Nurse at Plymouth University in January 2019 and I have been with St Leonard's Practice since.

You will see me if you need wound care, suture removal, phlebotomy, ECG, baby immunisations, healthy heart reviews, diabetic foot checks, learning disability reviews, cervical smears, ear irrigation, contraceptive injections, pill checks and other therapeutic injections.

I'm continuing with my learning and training and hope to complete my diabetic and/or asthma diploma. St Leonard's is a fantastic place and I'm looking forward to spending many more years here.

Annette Hoe - Nurse Administrator

I have worked for the NHS for 15 years in various roles and love the challenge of my latest position, as a Nurse Administrator which I started in June 2020. A lot of my work involves keeping all the stock up to date so that the clinical staff are able to get on with their daily work.

Outside of work I love to walk with my dog and to dance.

Lucy Mason - Health Care Assistant

I started working at St Leonards in 2019, after 10 years of working in the RD&E, I decided it was time for a new challenge. Over the past two years I have learnt a lot about working in general practice and I keep continuing to learn. No two days are the same, which makes the job so enjoyable.

When I am not working, I am busy with my three small girls and our dog. We spend most of our spare time walking, cycling or swimming.

Angji Gardner - Health Care Assistant

I have been at St Leonard's Practice since 2003. Patient's would normally see me for Blood tests, dressing changes, stitch and clip removal, ECG's, B12 and flu injections, diabetic and healthy heart checks.

But in my spare time I just love to ride my horse 'Mr Darcy' and patient's like to hear about his naughty antics.

St Leonard's Practice

The Surgery
Athelstan Road
Exeter EX1 1SB

Surgery opening hours
Monday to Friday 08:15 - 18:00
Closed Wed 13:00 - 14:00

Appointment Line: 01392 201 791
General Enquiries: 01392 201 790

Surgery telephone hours
Monday to Friday 08:30 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 18:00

All calls to and from St Leonard's Practice are recorded. Recordings will only be accessed as required for quality and training purposes and may be used in complaint resolution.

The St Leonard's Practice provides GP and family doctor services to patients in Exeter, Wonford, Heavitree, St Leonard's, Whipton, Stoke Hill and Pennsylvania.