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Nurse Practitioner Information

Nurse Practitioner Service

We have introduced a Nurse Practitioner to the practice to provide choice and improve access to medical care. Ruth Hughes is an experienced specialist nurse who will work in partnership with and under the guidance of your GP.

Nurse Practitioners have achieved additional higher qualifications in order to provide advanced nursing care. They are also nurse prescribers.

Nurse Practitioners can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a doctor in the past. Their main area of expertise is the management of common/minor illnesses and minor injury.

The Nurse Practitioner can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide treatment and advice including a prescription if required. Although they are unable to sign a sick certificate they can make arrangements for one to be signed for you. They work closely with your GP and liaise frequently with them about your care.

Examples of common illnesses suitable for a Nurse Practitioner Appointment


  • Joint injuries and sprains
  • Acute back pain
  • Skin Rashes
  • Shingles
  • Eczema
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Hay Fever
  • Impetigo/Skin Infections
  • Scabies
  • Threadworms
  • Chicken Pox
  • Blocked Ears
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Earache
  • Itchy Discharging Ears
  • Acute Chest Infection
  • Ring worm
  • Athletes foot
  • Nail infections
  • Allergic reactions
  • Constipation
  • Contraception - New start and reviews
  • Neck pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Post Natal check for Mothers
  • Feeling Unwell
  • Red/Sore Eyes
  • Discharging Eyes
  • Vomiting/Diarrhoea
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Cystitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Cough
  • Swollen Glands
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Colds/Flu Like Illnesses
  • Raised Temperature
  • Insect bites
  • Fever/Flu like illness
  • Insect bites
  • Boils
  • Scabies
  • Hand, Foot and Mouth
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Mole checks
  • Vaginal symptoms
  • Mastitis
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety

Some patients, often those with long standing medical problems may need an appointment with a doctor. The Nurse Practitioner is usually able to assess the situation and in some cases will organise initial blood tests and other investigations prior to arranging a follow up appointment with their GP.

Nurse Practitioner or Doctor? Still Unsure?

If you speak to a receptionist about the nature of your problem they will be able to advise you as to who is the most appropriate for you.

Our Reception Staff all understand the need for confidentiality and discretion as part of their role, for which they are fully trained.

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