Our Practice Nurses are highly skilled Nurse Practitioners who are also qualified to prescribe. They are all trained to a high level in caring for our patients with long term conditions such as Asthma, Diabetes, Chronic Heart Disease amongst others as well as performing cervical screening, consulations re minor illness and many other issues.
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, if requested. They also carry out hypertension reviews, NHS Health checks, flu and other immunisations independently. They are qualified to dress complex wounds and to undertake many tasks that traditionally a Nurse may have carried out. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.
Our phlebotomists run daily clinics for blood tests. Please be aware that blood tests are not carried out after 3.00 in the afternoon - this is due to the time of our collection from the Horton Hospital. We also cannot do INR tests on Fridays - this is due to the capacity in the pathology laboratory.