Our Health Care Professionals
Our staff are well trained in deciding who the best health care professional is for you to see, please ask if you are unsure. When you are offered an appointment it may be with someone who isn’t a Doctor, this guides helps you understand some of the ways in which each Health Care Professional in our Practice can help you.
A Phlebotomist is someone who is specifically trained in taking blood samples.
Health Care Assistant
Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks or ongoing health checks. They can also help with ear syringing or irrigation, wound care, ECG measurements, Spirometry, vaccination and immunisation.
Nursing Associates can also support the nursing team by carrying out ECG’s, spirometry tests, care for minor illnesses, carry our chronic disease reviews and providing health advice.
Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, taking swabs and doing wound dressings. Practice nurses usually run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes and can conduct cervical smear tests.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Nurses can have additional skills and train as nurse practitioners. These nurses can prescribe medication and can run clinics and help with long term health conditions including mental health illnesses or helping people with learning disabilities.
Paramedics from our practice may attend our same-day urgent home visits as well as making regular visits to the care homes we serve. They are trained to cope with on-scene acute care; but they may also run clinics and provide continuity of care for patients with ongoing health problems.
Our in practice pharmacist can help manage your medication requirements, address concerns over side effects of certain medications and help with any concerns you may have about the medications you have been prescribed. They may also help you to reduce your reliance on medication or change medications to suit your changing health problems and help with minor illnesses.