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Nurse Practitioners

Our Nurse Practitioners work complementary to the doctors in that they are qualified to examine, and treat, patients with minor illnesses and injuries. Usually they can see patients on the same day or offer them professional advice over the telephone.

They are able to provide care and prescribe for patients that are suffering from minor, but uncomfortable, illnesses or injures in the daily 'emergency' clinics. These operate in the mornings and are a joint Doctor/ Nurse Practitioner service.

Nurse Practitioners are qualified to offer help and treatment to patients whose conditions fall within their area of practice.

Examples of the types of problems Nurse Practitioners can advise on and treat are: 

Upper Respiratory Tract

sore throat

earache

colds

coughs

fever

chest infection

hayfever   

boils

nosebleed

 

 

 

 

Eyes and Skin

sore eyes

conjunctivitis

rashes 

sunburn

eczema

nappy rash

cold sores

shingles

threadworms

infected wound

head lice

insect bites

 

Abdomen

abdominal pain

indigestion

diarrhoea

vomiting

constipation

rectal problems

urine infections

cystitis

 

Head, Neck & Back

acute headache

dizziness

acute neck pain

acute back pain

 

Gynaecology

vaginal discharge

emergency oral contraception

 

All Nurse Practitioners are Independent Nurse Prescribers which means they are able to sign their own prescriptions.

By seeing patients with less complex problems the Nurse Practitioners are able to:

  • give advice to patients over the phone if all that is required is reassurance, and perhaps self-medication, which again may save an unnecessary visit to the doctor.
  • promote better access to the doctors' appointments
  • allow the doctors more time to care for patients with more complicated and serious conditions
 
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