Advanced Nurse & Nurse Practitioners

 

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We currently have 10 Nurses, each of whom run surgeries and clinics, providing advice and assistance on a wide range of matters. The Nursing team includes 2 Nurse Practitioners, 1 duty/diabetic Nurse, 4 Practice Nurses, 3 Health Care Assistants.

 

Appointments may be booked up to 3/4 weeks in advance

A Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Nurse Practitioner is a Registered General Nurse (RGN) who has extended skills/qualifications in prescribing & a degree in Nurse Practitioner. They have the ability to triage, diagnose, treat, prescribe and refer. They can also provide information on how best to manage your health or condition. They see patients like the GPs do but they don’t perform nursing duties such as smears & ear syringing etc.

So when booking your appointment, the GP may not be the best person to see, especially if you need an appointment for one of the reasons listed below. Remember Nurse Appointments can be booked up to 8 weeks in advance

If you are uncertain about whether the Nurse Practitioner can help you or not, please ask the Receptionist for advice and she will direct you to the most appropriate clinician for the problem you are presenting with.

 

Tracy Skates – Nurse Practitioner

Tracy started nursing in 1994 and initially worked in a community hospital. She then went on to work in an Intensive Stroke and Neuro Rehab Unit where she worked for 7 years before moving into General Practice. Tracy has now worked in General Practice for 17 years, during which time she has gained qualification's in Diabetes , Respiratory disease and Women's Health. She also has specialist skills in joint injections, minor surgery and women's health. Areas of special interest: women's health and menopause