Welcome to Kelso Medical Group Practice
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Practice Nurses win Improving Health Award
We are proud to announce that Dena and Gail have won the Improving Health Award at the recent 2018 NHS Borders Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony. Many congragulations to them both.
"Same Day" Advanced Nurse Practitioner Service
ANPs are senior Registered Nurses with further qualifications to an advanced level, are experienced and with advanced clinical skills to:-
• Take a full medical history, carry out physical assessments and examinations.
• Make a diagnosis and agree a treatment plan including self management and prescription, where appropriate.
• Take further investigations such as bloods, breathing tests, ECG etc.
• Refer on to the Duty GP or make arrangements for review with their usual GP.
Patients with an acute or short term illness will be offered appointments with the ANP at the earliest opportunity. Illnesses can include sore throats, coughs, respiratory infections, urinary symptoms, backache and other musculo-skeletal injuries, emergency contraception and much more. The ANPs will have access to a GP for advice and support and will consult with them as needed. GPs will still be available for more complicated cases.
Appointments will be for 15 minutes and will be made in the normal way through the reception at the Health Centre and on-line through Patient Access.
Such ANP services have worked very successfully elsewhere in the UK and we will monitor the success of the new service through the coming year with satisfaction surveys and monitoring appointment waiting times.
A patient information leaflet about the new service is available from the Practice.
Paramedic and Nurse Colleagues
The GPs are working closely with Scottish Ambulance Service to mentor Specialist Paramedic Practitioners through their Advanced Practitioner training. They are also mentoring nursing colleagues to assist in their prescribing qualifications. The paramedics and nurses are skilled at assessing patients, and you may be seen by a paramedic or nurse when attending as an emergency.