Each day a doctor takes on the role of duty doctor is to cover any emergency telephone or face to face consultations. The duty doctor also does emergency visits during surgery hours.
In order to cope with increasing demand the practice has changed the emergency appointment system. One of the changes to the system includes using nurse practitioners to see patients with minor illnesses.
Nurse practitioners are nurses who have undertaken a further two years studying at degree level on top of their nurse training. During the extended nurse training they have learned how to, and taken exams in, medical examinations as well as history taking, health promotion, research, pharmacology and pathophysiology (put simply, how the body reacts to illness and disease process).
Nurse practitioners are not employed to replace doctors but to complement the service they offer, releasing them to focus on patients with more complex needs.
The surgery has a team of highly trained and experienced practice nurses who can help and give advice on a number of problems.
Appointments can be made to see a practice nurse without going through the doctor for:
- Health Advice eg. Weight Loss, Smoking
- Family Planning
- Blood Pressure Checks
- New Patient Checks
- Immunisation eg. Tetanus, Travel
If you are troubled by something and are not sure whether to bother the doctor speak to a practice nurse who may be able to help. On referral from a doctor the practice nurse will:
- Take Blood Samples
- Conduct an ECG
- Test Urine
- Give Injections
- Monitor Patients with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Hypertension and Coronary Heart Disease.
A team of community nurses with a range of specialised skills are on hand to support patients. They include:
- Health Visitors
- District Nurses
- Community Midwives
- Community Psychiatric Nurses
Dental Out Of Hours Service:
If you need to see a dentist urgently between the hours of 6.30pm and 8.00am on weekdays, weekends, bank holidays or public holidays contact the Out of Hours telephone number: 0300 111 5717