Nurse Practitioner

Monday, November 25, 2013

We are delighted to welcome Sr Amelia Kerr to the team as a nurse practitioner.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is a nurse who has undertaken specialist training so that they are able to issue prescriptions and deal with a wider range of problems, including the vast majority of conditions that arise on an urgent basis, such as:

  • acute back and musculoskeletal pains
  • urinary tract infections
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • sore throats and tonsillitis
  • chest infections
  • ear infections
  • side effects or problems relating to contraception

Chronic Long Term Conditions

Sr Kerr will also be doing many of the reviews for patients with long term conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, asthma and chronic bronchitis (COPD).

Other long term problems that Sr Kerr can deal with include blood pressure monitoring and treatment. She will also do other review appointments, at the request of your doctor.

Is There Anyone She Won't See?

By this we mean see professionally in surgery, not personally! 

There are some conditions and groups of patients that her advanced training does not cover, such as:

  • Children under the age of 2 years
  • Problems related to mental health, including depression reviews

If there is anything that Sr Kerr does not feel confident managing, she always has access to the on call GP for advice or can book a review appointment with a doctor if more appropriate.