What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are experienced nurses who, through further education and specialist training, have developed their skills and knowledge in order to offer extended services to patients. Whilst not being a replacement for doctors, they can provide nursing services that incorporate some aspects of care previously provided by doctors.
What can a Nurse Practitioner can do?
Take a history of your health problem and perform a physical examination. Diagnose and treat minor illnesses and common health problems. Prescribe a wide range of medications. Manage long term illnesses, such as Asthma and Coronary Heart Disease, offering support and education about the condition. Offer telephone advice about minor illnesses, health problems and medication. Treat minor injuries.
What problems can a Nurse Practitioner deal with?
Acute back pain (muscular)
Any minor injuries >1 week
(<1 week, go to A&E)
Throat infection/mouth infections
Rashes (inc. impetigo and scabies)
Torticollis (wry neck)
Fungal skin infections/oral and vaginal candida (thrush) – fungal infections
Dysuria (female)/Cystitis/urinary problems
Red eye/eye infection
Abdominal pain (new episode – not already undergoing treatment)
Paronychia finger nail infection)