Nurse Practitioners

Ms Josie Dillon (f)

RGN GPN with a particular interest in Diabetes and Asthma management.

Nurse practitioners are highly trained nurses who have undertaken a specific course of study at at least 1st degree (honours level) who have achieved further qualifications and skills, including skills not usually exercised by nurses such as physical examination. More recently nurse practitioners have undertaken special training and achieved qualifications which enable them to prescribe treatment for certain conditions. A nurse practitioner is therefore able to see patients with certain undiagnosed problems and is able to make an assessment of their healthcare needs, prescribe appropriate treatment and follow up as required. Some examples of common minor illnesses, ailments treated are: -

  • Eye infections
  • Ear infections
  • Throat infection/tonsillitis
  • Chest infections
  • Urinary infection/cystitis
  • Lung infection
  • Sinusitis
  • Treatment of sting bites and stings
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Indigestion
  • Painful periods
  • Back pain

Nurse Practitioners can also request certain investigations if required such as:

  • Chest x-ray
  • Heart Tracing (ECG)
  • Limb x-rays
  • Blood tests

And have the authority to refer to other health care professionals if necessary.


The practice nurse is available to deal with minor illnesses in the same way as a doctor and can see patients for the following chronic disease monitoring clinics.

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Well person check
  • Cervical Smear
  • Family planning
  • Immunisation Travel and health advice

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