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Who to See

General Practitioners (GPs)

GPs should be seen for:

complex medical and mental health problems

children under the age of two in emergency surgeries

Do not book an appointment with a GP for things such as bookds, blood pressure checks, injections, dressings, smears or travel assessments unless instructed to do so.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs)

Nurse Practitioners are able to issue prescriptions and are capable of dealing with the vast majority of conditions which arise on an urgent basis (except children under two years of age) including:

  • acute back and musculoskeletal pains
  • urinary tract infections
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • sore throats and tonsillitis
  • chest infections
  • ear infections
  • side-effects or problems relating to contraception.

NPs can refer to a Doctor immediately if necessary.  Please note that children under two years of age being seen in an emergency surgery must be seen by a GP so inform the receptionist the age of the child if you call for an emergency appointment for them.

You can also see a NP for things such as review appointments (as directed by GPs or NPs), diabetes clinic, or blood pressure monitoring and treatment.

Practice Nurses

Our practice nurses can be seen for:

  • cervical smears; contraceptive pill checks (if experiencing side-effects or problems it would be best to see a NP or GP) and Depo-Provera contraception injections. Provided you have no problems with your choice of contraception you need only see the practice nurse twice a year
  • dressings
  • swabs
  • injections and holiday vaccinations
  • chronic disease management checks, e.g. coronary heart disease; cerebrovascular disease (strokes and TIA’s); asthma; COPD and blood pressure monitoring and treatment
  • Spirometry
  • Childhood immunisations
  • Doppler assessment
  • Travel Healt immunisations
  • Asthma

Health Care Assistants (HCAs)

Our HCA’s can be seen for:

  • blood checks, including diabetic bloods, fasting cholesterol and drug monitoring
  • blood pressure and urine dip sticking
  • health checks
  • Smoking cessation
  • heart disease risk assessment
  • chronic kidney disease annual checks
  • vitamin B12 injections
  • ear wash outs
  • ECG
  • removal of stitches/clips
  • learning disability assessment
  • diabetic foot assessments
  • wrist splints
  • non-complex dressings
  • adult flu / pneumonai injections

Trainee HCA clinics are limited

 

If you are unsure as to whether your problem needs an appointment to see a GP, please speak to a Receptionist or alternatively speak to a Pharmacist who may be able to help.

 
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