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Nurse Practitioner Service

What are Nurse Practitioners?

Nurse practitioners are highly trained nurses who have undergone advanced education, prescribing and clinical training.

They have skills to assess and treat most minor illness and can prescribe appropriate medication if indicated.

They provide an alternative to seeing a doctor if you need to be seen urgently.

How do I access the service?

The Medical Centre offer on the day bookable appointments with the Nurse Practitioners Monday - Friday, with appointments being offered throughout the day with an appropriate practitioner. Telephone 01772 214800 on the day to book an appointment (preferably at 8am for the best chance of getting an appointment).

What can I expect?

In most cases the nurse practitioner will be able to deal with your problem without referral to a doctor. If they feel you need to see a doctor they will book an appointment for you. If the need is more urgent, they will ask a doctor to see you straight away.

What conditions can the nurse practitioner deal with?

A wide range of medical conditions can be treated by our nurse practitioners. They can also give advice on contraception (including emergency contraception), sexual health and general health advice.

When is the service available?

The service is usually available as follows:

  • Monday – Fridays between 8.45am – 4.00pm.

Some minor ailments do not require medical intervention and can be dealt with by the care in the pharmacy scheme. Instead of seeing the nurse practitioner or doctor, the pharmacist will assess you and supply the appropriate medicine. If you don’t pay for prescriptions you won't pay for the medicine. Examples of conditions dealt with in the pharmacy include:

  • Athlete's foot
  • Cold sores
  • Constipation
  • Coughs & colds
  • Cystitis
  • Dermatitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Earache
  • Hay fever

  • Headache
  • Headlice
  • Indigestion
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Sore throat
  • Threadworm
  • Vaginal thrush
  • Verrucas