Important information for patients
What is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners are trained specialist nurses. They have undertaken additional medical education in order to provide advanced nursing care and to prescribe medication. Nurse Practitioners can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a doctor for in the past. Their main areas of expertise are in the management of common illnesses and long term conditions. The nurse practitioners can assess and examine you, make diagnosis and provide advice and treatment including a prescription if required. They can make referrals to hospital doctors or health care professionals and admit patients into hospital when necessary.
There are some limits to their responsibilities, unfortunately they are unable legally to sign a sickness certificate, however they can ask your GP to issue one. The Nurse Practitioners work closely with your GP and liaise frequently about your care.
What can a Nurse Practitioner treat you for?
- Acute chest infection
- Conjunctivitis/sticky discharging eye/Stye
- Diarrhea, constipation, piles
- Dizziness, unusual headache
- Earache, swollen glands
- Raised temperature that does not improve after home treatment
- Tonsillitis, cough, sinusitis, sore throat, colds and flu-like symptoms
- Urinary tract infections
- Wounds or rashes
Nurse Practitioners may also help you with many other problems such as menstrual disorders, unexplained weight loss, breast lumps and depression. Nurse Practitioners can also manage long term conditions such as asthma, eczema and high blood pressure. You are now able to book appointments with one of our Nurse Practitioners online, however please note Natasha Atkinson can only see children above 16 years of age and is unable to see pregnant patients.
If you have a cough, or fever, or shortness of breath and have been to any of these places or been in contact with someone who has been to any of these places in the last 14 days:
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
Please DO NOT leave your home, stay indoors and call NHS 111.
Changes to repeat prescriptions
What is changing?
From 1st September 2019 pharmacies may no longer be able to order medicines on your behalf. You will still be able to receive your medicines it just simply means you will need to order them through the surgery directly.
There are a number of ways to order your medication:
We strongly recommend you use the online-line service, to register for this please come into the surgery with a proof of identification and reception will provide you with your username and password to be able to log on.
Through the new ‘NHS App’ this will allow you to order repeat prescriptions, check your symptoms, book and manage appointments at the surgery, view your medical record securely, register for organ donation and choose how the NHS use your data. For more information on this please visit www.nhs.uk/nhsapp
Use the white tear off slip of your repeat prescription identifying which medication you require or alternatively use one of our order slips available from reception.
Via Post, you can also post a prescription request to us, again ticking the items that are needed. If you enclose a stamped address envelope we will return the signed prescription to you, however, we cannot be held responsible for any delays with the postal service, so remember to allow yourself enough time when ordering, to guarantee that you will not run out of medication.
Dr Dharani has officially left the practice, we have allocated with an alternative named GP at Queens Park Medical Centre.
We are a training practice and have received an achievement from Newcastle University for outstanding contribution to medical student teaching in 2018-19.