Nurse Practitioner Services

We are lucky enough to have Advanced Nurse Practitioner Claire Ruiz and Nurse Practitioner Jo McLellan at our practices to provide further support to your medical care.

Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Nurse Practitioners  can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may traditionally have seen a doctor in the past. Their main area of expertise is the management of common/minor illnesses and minor injury.

They can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide treatment and advice including a prescription if required. They can make referrals to most hospital doctors or other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital where necessary. Although they are unable to sign a sickness certificate she can make arrangements for one to be signed for you. She will work closely with your GP and liaise frequently with them about your care.

Examples of Common Illnesses Suitable for a Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Nurse Practitioner  Appointment

  • Joint injuries and sprains
  • Acute back pain
  • Wounds, Scalds, Burns
  • Skin Rashes
  • Shingles
  • Eczema
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Hay Fever
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Impetigo/Skin Infections
  • Scabies
  • Threadworms
  • Chicken Pox
  • Blocked Ears
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Earache
  • Itchy Discharging Ears
  • In Growing Toe Nail
  • Acute Chest Infection
  • Acute Asthma Attack
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Known asthmatic with acute chest infection
  • Dizziness/Giddiness
  • Feeling Unwell
  • Red/Sore Eyes
  • Discharging Eyes
  • Vomiting/Diarrhoea
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Cystitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Cough
  • Swollen Glands
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Colds/Flu Like Illnesses
  • Raised Temperature

Some patients, often those with long standing medical problems may need an appointment with a doctor. The NP and ANP is usually able to assess the situation and in some cases will organise initial blood tests and other investigations prior to arranging a follow up appointment with a GP.

Nurse Practitioner or Doctor? Still Unsure?

If you speak to a receptionist about the nature of your problem they will be able to advise you as to who is the most appropriate for you.

Our reception staff all understand the need for confidentiality and discretion as part of their role, for which they are fully trained.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

IF you have a blood pressure monitor at home and there is time please take your blood pressure before your appointment, print off this form and record the results. Please hand the results to the GP or nurse before your consultation.