General Practitioner (GP)
A GP is a fully qualified and experienced doctor who has undertaken specialist training to practice as a GP. GPs are trained to treat patients of any age and sex, and are experts in diagnosing, treating and managing a wide range of common illnesses and health problems. If a GP feels that a patient’s problem requires more specialist advice, they may refer them to hospital to see a specialist doctor or consultant.
While some of our GPs may have a particular interest in a certain area of medicine, you may see any of our doctors regarding any health complaint. Even if you regularly see a particular doctor all our GPs are able to instantly access your full medical history, and are fully equipped to discuss and treat both new and on-going illnesses. The practice holds regular clinical meetings which give our clinicians the opportunity to discuss and review individual patient’s care.
A locum GP is a fully qualified GP who is standing in temporarily for one of the GPs employed by the practice (usually due to annual leave or illness). Locum GPs can access your full medical history and have the same level of expertise and experience as our regular GPs. You can expect to receive the same quality of service from a Locum as you would from any GP employed by the practice.
A GP Registrar is a qualified doctor who is currently training to become a GP through a period of working and training in a practice. GP Registrars are highly experienced doctors; they will usually have spent at least two years working in a hospital, and the GP registrar year is the final year of the 5-year GP training programme. All GP registrars are closely supervised by a senior GP or trainer, however if you have any concerns please speak to a member of staff.
The Paramedic Practitioner is an exciting new role in primary care, and one which Chesterfield Medical Partnership is proud to be spearheading. Our Paramedic Practitioner comes to us with a wealth of emergency and acute care experience, and has undergone specialist training to treat a wide range of common health concerns.
A Consulting Pharmacist performs medication reviews and provides patients with advice regarding the safety and continued efficacy of their medications. The Consulting Pharmacist will usually see patients with long term conditions to confirm they are receiving the best form of treatment for their condition and ensure that their medication continues to work effectively.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Many problems which traditionally required the attention of a GP can now been dealt with by one of our highly trained specialist nurse practitioners. Advanced Nurse Practitioners are experienced nurses, who have undergone additional specialist training. They are qualified to diagnose illnesses, make decisions regarding treatment, and issue prescriptions. Advanced Nurse Practitioners will usually help patients with new or acute illness, they will not routinely see patients to review or manage ongoing or long term problems.
Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as annual reviews, cervical smears, family planning, healthy living advice, travel advice and vaccinations. Practice nurses will hold clinics for long term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes. Some nurses can prescribe medication and are called independent or supplementary practitioners.
Because all our Nurses have different skill sets, it is important that you are clear regarding why you need to see a nurse when booking your appointment
Community Nurses are qualified nurses who have undergone further training which equips them to provide specialist care in the community. Community Nurses may care for people with long term health conditions which prevent them from leaving their home, or provide assistance to help patients to become independent as soon as possible after illness or surgery. Hospital staff may arrange for your referral to the team after discharge from a ward or outpatient clinic.
The Community Nursing team can be contacted Monday to Friday (9.00am – 4.30pm) on 01332 564 900
Healthcare Assistants provide support to our GPs and nurses by carrying out specific procedures and giving advice. Our healthcare assistants are trained to carry out a wide variety of procedures such as;
• Administering certain injections and vaccines
• Carrying out health checks
• Giving advice on a healthy lifestyle
• Measuring blood pressure
• Performing ECGs
• Performing spirometry tests
• Taking blood
• Testing urine