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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?

MINOR ILLNESS

MINOR AILMENT

MINOR INJURY

Ear infection

Hay fever

Acute back pain (muscular)

Cough/cold

Insect bites/stings

Any minor injuries >1 week

(<1 week, go to A&E)

Throat infection/mouth infections

Rashes (inc. impetigo and scabies)

Torticollis (wry neck)

Chest infection

Allergies

Animal bites

Eye infection

Fungal skin infections/oral and vaginal candida (thrush) – fungal infections

Wounds/wound infections

Dysuria (female)/Cystitis/urinary problems

Emergency contraception

 

Wound infection/cellulites

Red eye/eye infection

 

Viral infections

Threadworms

 

Sinusitis

Head lice

 

Dizziness

Eczema/dermatitis

 

Abdominal pain (new episode – not already undergoing treatment)

Ingrowing toenails

 

 

Paronychia finger nail infection)

 

 

Diarrhoea/Vomiting

 

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