Gizella Simpson-Hayes (from 3rd July 2017)
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.
Gizella can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a doctor in the past. Her main areas of expertise is in the management of common illnesses and long-term conditions.
Gizella can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide advice and treatment including a prescription if required. She can make referrals to hospital doctors and other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital when necessary.
There are some limits to her responsibilities. Unfortunately, she is unable legally to sign a sick certificate, so you will still need to see your own GP for this.
Gizella does not treat children under the age of 2 or expectant mothers, both of whom are always referred to a doctor.