What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners are trained specialist nurses who have undertaken additional education in order to provide advanced nursing care and prescribe.
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.
Same day Nurse Practitioner appointments are available every weekday for common illnesses. Routine appointments are also available if you prefer to book in advance.
The Nurse Practitioner can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide advice and treatment including a prescription if required. They can make referrals to hospital doctors or other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital when necessary.
They work closely with your GP and liaise frequently with her/him about your care.
Same day appointments
Nurse practitioners are able to manage common complaints such as:
- Wounds, scalds, burns, rashes
- Acute back pain, joint sprains
- Oral thrush
- Acute chest infection
- Dizziness, giddiness, unusual headache
- Conjunctivitis, sticky discharging eye, stye
- Diarrhoea, constipation, piles
- Urinary tract infections, cystitis
- Vaginal thrush soreness, lump or discharge
- Tonsillitis, earache, coughs, swollen glands, sinusitis, sore throat, colds and flu-like illnesses and raised temperature.
Please be aware that pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints (including many of the above) and can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines that will help clear up the problem. If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of your GP or a nurse practitioner then they will recognise this and advise you to contact your GP surgery.
Nurse Practitioners also manage many long term conditions such as asthma, eczema, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, raised cholesterol levels, diabetes, epilepsy and respiratory disease.
There are also many other problems that the Nurse Practitioners are able to help you with. For example, menstrual disorders, unexplained weight loss, breast lumps, sexual health advice, change of contraception pill or method, depression.
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 GP.
At Brook Lane Surgery we have 2 nurse practitioners: Heather Rogers and Philip Dilloway.
We hope that you will find this service will complement and improve the care you already receive, but please be assured that a doctor’s appointment will always be available should you prefer.