Nurse Practitioners are senior nurses with general nursing training who have then undergone further academic and clinical training to develop their skills and knowledge. They provide a nursing service that incorporates some of the aspects of care that was previously provided by a doctor. During the consultation the nurse practitioner will ask about your problem, perform an examination and offer advice and information and, if necessary give a prescription. On some occasions they may ask you refer you to either a GP or secondary care for further assessment or treatment.
Sarah Symonds – RGN B.Sc.(Hons), RGN, Independent Prescriber
I qualified at King’s College, London in 1991. I have worked in hospital departments including General Medical; Respiratory and Cardiac nursing. In 2006 I qualified as an Independent Nurse Prescriber and joined the St. Clements practice team in 2013. I work with the team of Nurse Practitioners and Duty Doctors to provide a service to patients who need to be urgently seen and treated. My role includes urgent home visits, in discussion with the Duty Doctor, and a weekly clinic at the Trinity Centre.