There are three Advanced Nurse Practitioners and a Specialist Paramedic working at Hathaway. All have completed a course at degree level gaining extended skills in history taking, examination, diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of medical problems. The advanced nurse Practitioners are also able to prescribe medications without referring to a GP and refer patients directly to hospitals and for further investigations if required.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners are part of the on call team and now see all patients requesting a same day appointment who would once have seen a GP thereby freeing up GP time to see patients with more complex long term conditions. However we work closely with and are supported by an on-call GP should we require medical advice within the course of our daily work.
Our nurses are highly trained and carry out a wide range of procedures, offer support and advice and treat patients for many acute and chronic conditions. Nurses are often easier to see and can make you an appointment to see the doctors if clinically needed.
Nurses are skilled and trained in all of the following:
- Telephone Contacts
- Minor Ailments
- Cervical Cytology (Smears)
- HRT & Pill Repeats
- Travel and vaccination advice
- Heart Disease
- Family Planning
- Weight Advice
Healthcare Assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement, spirometry, ECGs, ear syringing, flu vaccinations and injections, health checks, dressings, stitch, clip and suture removal plus they support diabetic and COPD clinics. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.
- Blood pressure
- Taking blood
- Routine Weight Checks
- Health Checks
- Flu Vaccinations
Wiltshire IAPT Service (Improving Access to Psychology Services)
Wiltshire IAPT Service provides psychological services to the people of Wiltshire.
The service provides a wide range of support through GP surgeries to anyone with common emotional and mental health difficulties, primarily those associated with anxiety and depression. The Wiltshire IAPT services range from self-help therapies, to psycho-educational courses and one to one support.
The service is available to anyone over the age of 16 registered with a GP practice within Wiltshire.
Appointments with a Psychology Practitioner can be arranged through calling the Wiltshire IAPT office on 01380 731 335.
For more information please visit the following link https://iapt-wilts.awp.nhs.uk/
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the Masta Clinic (01249 454540) to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible – at least 6 weeks before you travel – as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.