Barb's role is to assess referral letters and patients' notes and determine what additional information Dr McKellar will require when he meets with the patient. She tests all patients' vision at each visit and in most cases will also check the eye pressure and dilate the pupils. Other tests such as colour vision and peripheral vision testing may also be performed. Barb is a registered nurse with a very good knowledge of eye disease. She teaches general practice nurses how to manage eye diseases and is a key participant in patient education at the rooms. Barb joined the team in 2001 and has completed her Master of Nursing degree, focussing on ophthalmology.
After the reception staff, Barb is the first person patients see when they come to the practice. She reviews all patients immediately prior to their appointment with Dr McKellar.