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Nurse Practitioner led “Minor Ailments"  Clinic has changed  

A number of allocated appointments are available on the day for the assessment of MINOR AILMENTS that are persisting or worsening "after an initial period of self-care."  These appointments can be booked by telephone or in person. When booking in the reception staff will need information relating to your symptoms and onset to ensure that the same day clinic is the most appropriate pathway.  These appointments do not replace emergency appointments which require GP assessment or a routine appointment for on-going chronic problems. Hence the reception staff will request a history of your problem to ensure you are signposted to the most appropriate service.

Given restrictions on prescribing medications available over the counter there is a range of self-help leaflets available at the surgery.  This supports research that shows in many cases people can manage their minor conditions if provided with the right information.

Thank you for your co-operation

Patient Group

Very soon the practice will be setting up a group of patients who will occasionally be asked questions about the services the practice provides.  If you are interested in being part of this group please click on the words/icon Patient Group where more information is available

Contraception

The practice has now extended the range of contraception services we provide including fitting of coils and contraceptive implants (Nexplanon) by Dr Tanya Roy.  If you are interested in having a coil or contraceptive implant fitted please make an appointment with one of the Practice Nurses or Nurse Practitioners to discuss this, she we will then make an appointment with Dr Roy who will fit the coil or contraceptive implant.

Out of Hours

For out of hours calls when the surgery is closed please ring 111 -this is the number of the Out of Hours GP Service at The Urgent Care Centre, Victoria Hospital Blackpool.  During Public Holidays please refer to our opening times for more information.

 

Test Results
If you need to ring the surgery to check blood/smear/x-ray results, please ring 01253 823215 after 11:00am any morning.

Cancelling your Appointment
If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone the surgery to cancel your appointment.

Nurse Practitioners

Oonagh Potts
RGN, BSc (Hons) Nurse Practitioner, Extended and Supplementary Nurse Prescriber
Leah Redshaw (f)

RGN BSc Nurse Practitioner, Independent Supplementary Nurse Prescriber

Angela Wood
RGN BSc (Hons) Nurse Practitioner Extended and Supplementary Nurse Prescriber
Helen Smith

RGN BSc (Hons) in nursing studies, RCN Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Independent Supplementary Prescriber

Nurse Practitioners are nurses with experience in primary care, who have undertaken further training in:- Pharmacology Clinical examination Human health and disease Oonagh, Angela, Helen and Leah can see any patient who chooses to see her for any reason or condition. They have particular knowledge in:- Women's health, ie smears, contraception, menopause Heart disease High blood pressure Respiratory care, breathing problems Diabetes management Stroke management Mental Health They have been trained to carry out examinations, instigate tests and act as necessary. If Oonagh, Angela, Helen or Leah cannot deal with your problem they will refer you to, or discuss your problem with the GP with your consent

Specialist Nurses

 

Care Co-ordination Team Jean Johnson and Gayna Dudley

Jean and Gayna joined the practice team in April 2015, as nurse care co-ordinators. Their role is identifying the most complex and vulnerable patients and then co-ordinating and managing their care in partnership with the patient, their families and carers. They also provide a new service in contacting any patients who have been discharged from hospital following an emergency unplanned admission to ensure they are supported in their care and recovery on returning home.

Nurses

Clare Shanley

RGN, Advanced Certificate Contraception and Asymptomatic Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV

Practice Nurse Clare follows up patients with respiratory problems, ischaemic heart disease and high blood pressure.  She performs cervical smears, routine health checks on new patients and is willing to discuss health related issues such as giving up smoking or trying to lose weight. Clare also provides advice on contraception and is able to fit and remove coils and contraceptive implants. In addition Clare is able to offer advice regarding travel vaccinations and routine immunisations.

Health Practitioners

Mrs Judith Duffy

HCPC Registered Paramedic

Judith has 15 years' experience with NWAS based on the Fylde Coast.  She gained extended knowledge of telephone triage whilst working as a clinician for the 111 service and in 2016 she moved into general practice as a Paramedic Practitioner.

Her strengths are dealing with acute onset and minor illness presentations.  She especially enjoys helping young children and reassuring parents.  Judith is hoping to continue with education to further extend her skills.

To maintain her emergency skills she continues to work for NWAS whenever possible.

Healthcare Assistants

Christopher Potts (m)

Our primary Healthcare Practitioner's role includes taking blood samples, undertaking blood

pressure checks, 24hr blood pressure monitoring, performing ECGs, lung function tests,

weight management, health screening and lifestyle counselling role.

 
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