Nurse Practitioners are trained specialist nurses. They have undertaken additional medical education in order to provide advanced nursing care and to prescribe medication. Nurse practitioners work closely with the doctors and liaise frequently with them about your care.
Our Nurse Practitioners can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a doctor in the past. Their main areas of expertise is in the management of common illnesses and long-term conditions.
Our Nurse Practitioners 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 and other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital when necessary.
There are some limits to their responsibilities. Unfortunately, they are unable legally to sign a sick certificate, so you will still need to see your own GP for this.
Our Nurse Practitioners does not treat children under the age of 2 or expectant mothers, both of whom are always referred to a doctor.