A nurse practitioner is an experienced nurse, with additional specialist training. They are qualified to diagnose illness, decide on treatment and issue prescriptions. They usually see people with new illness and do not normally see people with ongoing problems.
The District Nurses
District Nurses are qualified nurses who have undergone further training which equips them to provide specialist care in the community with the aim of enabling patients to become independent as soon as possible after illness or surgery. Hospital staff will, if they think it appropriate, arrange for your referral to the team after discharge from a ward or outpatient clinic.
The District Nurses are based at Avondale Road and can be contacted: Monday – Friday (9.00am – 4.30pm) 232946
A healthcare assistant provides support to qualified nurses by carrying out specific procedures and giving advice. They are specially trained and usually have or are working towards a qualification. They do the following:
- Take Blood
- Perform ECGs
- Give advice on a healthy lifestyle
- Test Urine
- Measure Blood Pressure
- Height and Weight
- Carry out Health Checks