Nurse Practitioners – What they can do for you

Hailey View Surgery has 3 Nurse Practitioners.

Nurse Practitioners are trained specialist nurses.  They are highly experienced nurses who have undertaken additional medical education in order to provide advanced nursing care and to prescribe medication.

Nurse practitioners can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a doctor for in the past. Their main areas of expertise are in the management of common illnesses and long term conditions.

The nurse practitioners can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide advice and treatment including a prescription if required. They can order any necessary investigations, make referrals to hospital doctors or other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital when necessary.

There are some limits to their responsibilities. Unfortunately, they are unable to provide care to pregnant women if this involves assessment of the pregnancy. Also they may not be able to sign a sick certificate, however they can make arrangements for one to be signed for you if appropriate.

They do not treat children under 3 years old.

The nurse practitioners work closely with your doctor and liaise frequently with her/him about your care. If clinically appropriate you may be referred to the doctor.

Nurse Practitioners can treat you for:

  • Acute back pain, joint sprains
  • Acute chest infection, asthma or COPD
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Conjunctivitis, sticky discharging eye, sty, eye infections/allergies
  • Cystitis
  • Diarrhoea, constipation, piles
  • Dizziness, giddiness, unusual headache
  • Earache, swollen glands
  • Oral thrush
  • Raised temperature that does not improve after pharmacists’ advice and home treatment.
  • Rashes
  • Shingles
  • Tonsillitis, cough, sinusitis, sore throat, colds and flu-like illnesses.
  • (Please note: a cough may persist for up to three or four weeks after other cold/flu symptoms have gone.)
  • Urinary tract infections, Vaginal thrush, soreness, lump or discharge
  • Vomiting
  • Wounds, scalds, burns, rashes Nurse practitioners may also help you with
  • Many other problems such as menstrual disorders, unexplained weight loss, breast lumps, sexual health advice, depression, change of contraception method and pill and HRT.
  • Nurse Practitioners also manage long term conditions such as asthma, eczema, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, raised cholesterol levels, diabetes, epilepsy and respiratory disease.

Appointments

Routine appointments

Same day appointments are available every weekday to consult the nurse practitioners.

Routine appointments

Patients with a long term condition are seen annually at their medication review appointment. All patients who receive repeat prescriptions for any medicine need to see their GP or Nurse Practitioner once or twice a year to have their prescription and condition reviewed.

Some patients, often those with complex and 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 organize initial blood tests and other investigations prior to arranging a follow up appointment with your doctor.

The nurse practitioners complement the service that we offer to you, our patients.

Please be assured that you will have the choice of making a routine doctor’s appointment should you prefer but you may get an earlier appointment if you opt to consult the nurse practitioners.