Yes. There are different types of nurses at Warwick Gates Family Health Centre who all provide different services to patients. These clinicians cover many different areas and can often replace the need to see a GP. To assist you here is an outline of what services each type of nurse provides. We also have two health care assistants who deal with a number of ailments and interventions.
Seeing an Advanced Nurse Practitioner
An advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) is a registered nurse who has undertaken specific advanced nurse training. The ANP provides a complementary and additional service to your doctor and will be available for independent consultations. The ANP can:
- assess you illness /injury
- initiate and review treatment
- prescribe medication, if appropriate for your condition
- order tests and investigations
- give advice on health issues
An ANP can see patients for a number of conditions such as chest infections, sore throats, sore ears, abdominal pain, UTI, rashes, new skin problems, allergic reactions, eye infections, children’s minor illness, back pain, STD’s, colds, emergency contraception, headaches & migraines, diarrhoea & vomiting, insect bites, hay-fever or shingles. When making the appointment, the receptionist will ask you for a brief description of your illness and if appropriate may book you in an ANP slot.
Seeing a Practice Nurse
All consultations with the practice nurse are by appointment and are available daily. Appointments can be booked up to four weeks ahead. The practice nurse is available for such things as
- child immunisations
- travel vaccinations
- shingles vaccinations
- cervical smears
- contraceptive injections
- The long term management of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, asthma, hypertension, COPD, diabetes or stroke.
Seeing a Health Care Assistant
All consultations with the practice health care assistant are by appointment and are available daily. Appointments can be booked up to four weeks ahead. The practice health care assistant is available for such things as
- Blood taking
- NHS Health Checks
- Fit for Frailty (Over 75 Health Checks)
- Wound care