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Nurse Practitioner Services

We are lucky enough to have Nurse Practitioner Jo McLellan at the practice to provide further support to your medical care. Nurse Practitioners are specialist nurses who work in partnership with, and under the guidance of your GP.

Jo is a highly experienced, trained Nurse Practitioner who has achieved additional higher qualifications in order to provide advanced nursing care. She is also a nurse prescriber.

Nurse Practitioners can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may traditionally have seen a doctor in the past. Their main area of expertise is the management of common/minor illnesses and minor injury.

A Nurse Practitioner can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide treatment and advice including a prescription if required. She can make referrals to most hospital doctors or other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital where necessary. Although she is unable to sign a sickness certificate she can make arrangements for one to be signed for you. She will work closely with your GP and liaise frequently with them about your care.

Examples of Common Illnesses Suitable for a Nurse Practitioner Appointment 

  • Joint injuries and sprains
  • Acute back pain
  • Wounds, Scalds, Burns
  • Skin Rashes
  • Shingles
  • Eczema
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Hay Fever
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Impetigo/Skin Infections
  • Scabies
  • Threadworms
  • Chicken Pox
  • Blocked Ears
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Earache
  • Itchy Discharging Ears
  • In Growing Toe Nail
  • Acute Chest Infection
  • Acute Asthma Attack
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Known asthmatic with acute chest infection
  • Dizziness/Giddiness
  • Feeling Unwell
  • Red/Sore Eyes
  • Discharging Eyes
  • Vomiting/Diarrhoea
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Cystitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Cough
  • Swollen Glands
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Colds/Flu Like Illnesses
  • Raised Temperature

Some patients, often those with long standing medical problems may need an appointment with a doctor. The Nurse Practitioner is usually able to assess the situation and in some cases will organise initial blood tests and other investigations prior to arranging a follow up appointment with a GP.

Nurse Practitioner or Doctor? Still Unsure?

If you speak to a receptionist about the nature of your problem they will be able to advise you as to who is the most appropriate for you.

Our reception staff all understand the need for confidentiality and discretion as part of their role, for which they are fully trained.

 
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