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New "Same Day" Advanced Nurse Practitioner Service
The partners are delighted to announce the creation of a new service to provide the day to day care for the majority of patients through the use of Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP). The ANP service will allow more appointments to be offered on the same day, reducing waiting times and enabling GPs to have more time with complex cases.
We have employed 3 new ANPs - Emma Brown, Linda McDonald and Jennifer White - with the new service launching fully from Wed 27th September 2018.
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.