Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses who have undertaken further education to Masters Degree level. In the General Practice setting, the nurse practitioner works closely with your GP to provide care to patients within the surgery.
NP’s are able to provide a wider range of services including the ability to request a range of blood tests, refer for x-rays and some ultrasound scans. NP’s are also able to issue prescriptions for antibiotics, simple analgesia etc as well as repeat scripts (medications already prescribed by the GP with some exclusions).
The role of the NP includes: Assessing patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, creating care plans to assist in providing the best treatment and education, with regular review to achieve better outcomes.
Providing health assessments for the over 75’s, immunisations for children and adults, wound care, triaging of emergency patients, warfarin care, consultations for patients with minor complaints such as viral illness (coughs, colds, sore throats), ear infections, urinary tract infections etc, as well as providing contraceptive advice including insertion and removal of implanon and routine pap smears