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WORK WILL START ON MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2017 IN CONSTITUTION STREET (BETWEEN DRUMMOND STREET AND HILLTOWN) THIS WORK WILL BE SPLIT INTO 2 PHASES TO MINIMISE DISRUPTION.  ALL WORKS WILL BE COMPLETED WITHIN APPROX 4 WEEKS.  PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN MAKING YOUR WAY TO THE SURGERY.

We are delighted to welcome two new GP's to Hillbank Health Centre.  Dr Liusaidh Mathieson and Dr Joanne Russell,  we wish them all the very best.

For results of blood test etc requested by your GP please phone our results clinic between 2.30 and 4.30 any day.  Please give these requests at least a week to come back.  Any Tests requested by hospital clinicians will be reported back to them.

Should I see the Doctor or Nurse Practitioner?  Nurse Practitioners are highly trained specialist nurses who have completed further education and training so that they can provide advanced nursing care and prescribe medication.  They can provide treatment and advice for many of the problems that traditionally you saw your Dr about in the past.  If you are unsure if they can deal with your problem please ask at Reception.

NURSE PRACTITIONER

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
  • Breathlessness
  • Conjunctivitis, sticky eyes, stye
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Urine Infections or Cystitis
  • Shingles
  • 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
  • Tonsillitis

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.

 
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