We would like to introduce ourselves we are Karen Davis and Lorraine Rideout and have been appointed to the Practice as Advanced Nurse Practitioners some of you may already know us.
This information explains our role within the Practice.
As Advanced nurse practitioners, we have undertaken additional education and training in order to provide advanced nursing care and to prescribe.
We can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you have seen a doctor for in the past. Our main areas of expertise are in the management of common illnesses, in both adults and children.
As Advanced Nurse Practitioners we can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide advice and treatment, including a prescription if required. In certain situations we are able to request blood tests and other investigations prior to other healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapy and audiology.
However at present we are not able to make hospital referrals and legally are not allowed to sign a sick certificate.
Same day and routine nurse practitioner appointments are available every weekday.
We can deal with conditions such as sore throat, earache, coughs, swollen glands, sinusitis, colds, flu like illness, rashes, eczema. Acute back pain, joint sprains. Acute Oral thrush, dizziness, sticky discharging eye, diarrhoea, constipation, piles, vomiting, cystitis, vaginal soreness, lumps or discharge, menstrual disorders, unexplained weight loss, sexual health advice, initiation or change of contraception. We can access our GPs for immediate referral, if found to be necessary for any attending patient.
Patients with complex and long standing medical problems will need an appointment with a doctor.
We hope you will find this service complements the care you already receive, but please be assured a doctors` appointment will always be available should you prefer.