Nurse Practitioners (NP's) are highly trained specialist nurses who have completed further education and training so that they can provide advanced nursing care and prescribe medication.
NP's can provide treatment and advice for many of the problems that traditionally you saw your Dr about in the past.
Appointments are available to see the NP every weekday for common minor illnesses. The NP can examine you, make a diagnosis and give advice and prescriptions for medication when required. The NP will also refer you on to a Dr, either here or at the hospital , if she feels it necessary. The NP can also order some tests such as blood & Urine tests, or request a chest x-ray if needed.
What can the Nurse Practitioner deal with?
- Skin problems or rashes
- Chest infections
- Conjunctivitis, sticky eyes, stye
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Urine Infections or Cystitis
- Dizziness and headaches
- Vaginal thrush/soreness/discharge
- Acute back pain or joint sprains
- Oral thrush
- Breast lumps
- Sexual health advice
- Change of contraception pill or method
Coughs, sore throats, earache, swollen glands, sinusitis and flu-like illnesses often resolve within a week with home treatment and over the counter medicines from the Pharmacy. It is not unusual for a cough to last 3-4 weeks after your cold/flu symptoms have gone.
NP's will not prescribe very strong painkillers, or sleeping tablets, and will not see patients with mental health problems as are not trained in this area. If your health problem is very complex, or longstanding, it is often best to see your Dr.