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Nurse Practitioners

Mrs Emma Brown (f)
Mrs Linda McDonald (f)

Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) in training are senior Registered Nurses who are working towards further qualifications to an advanced level. They have experience and advanced clinical skills to:-
• Take a full medical history, carry out physical assessments and examinations.
• Make a diagnosis and agree a treatment plan including self  management and prescription, where appropriate.  ANPs work towards a qualification in independent prescribing.
• Take further investigations such as bloods, breathing tests, ECG etc

• Refer on to the Duty GP or make arrangements for review with their usual GP

Patients with an acute or short term illness will be offered appointments with the ANP at the earliest opportunity/on the same day. The ANPs will have access to a GP for advice and support and will consult with them as needed. GPs will still be available for more complicated cases

Appointments are for 15 minutes and can be made in the normal way through reception at the Health Centre

Patients over the age of 1 year can get an on the day appointment to be seen, examined and treated by the ANP.   The following conditions are best suited to an ANP:

  • Coughs
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Sore throat
  • Ear ache
  • Cystitis/urinary tract infection
  • Aches and pains (including back pain)
  • Fever/high temperature
  • Rashes
  • Dizzy spells
  • Emergency contraception

If your problem persists, it is recommended that you make your next appointment with a GP

The following problems are not suited to an ANP consultation:

  • Ante-natal care of pregnant women or any condition relating to assessment of a woman's pregnancy
  • Mental health issues
  • Fit notes/sick lines - ANPs cannot issue these
  • Medication reviews and alterations - ANPs cannot authorise these

In the case of more complex issues, a GP appointment is recommended

An ANP will also be working with the Duty Doctor and you will usually see an ANP if you request a house call

A patient information leaflet about the service is available from the Practice

Nurses

Mrs Dena Walsh (f)
Mrs Gail Stewart (f)

Practice Nurses work closely with the GPs to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of patients.  They deliver clinics for long term conditions for example Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Vascular, Well Woman checks, Contraception checks/injections.  They perform a variety of tests and procedures including breathing tests and cervical smears.  Routine appointments are 15 minutes in length and can be booked in the usual way

COPD Pre-Clinic Symptoms Record

Asthma Pre-Clinic Record Sheet

Spirometry Information for Patients

Healthcare Assistants

Mrs Heather Robertson (f)
Mrs Flo Keddie (f)

Healthcare assistants carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one

In addition to the Treatment Room blood clinics, the Practice has set up Phlebotomy clinics managed by two Health Care Assistants who have had the necessary Phlebotomy training

These Phlebotomy Clinics are held five mornings a week, by appointment. These include warfarin tests using the finger prick blood test CoaguChek XS plus system. In addition our Health Care Assistants complete routine health checks for new patients as well as routine hypertension/blood pressure clinics

Blood Pressure Record Sheet

 
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