Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Nurse Practitioners have done additional training beyond that of the general practice nurse, and use clinical, diagnostic and treatment skills. The role provides an alternative and complimentary source of healthcare alongside the services provided by the GP. You may be offered an ANP appointment for such things as chest infections/ENT problems/skin complaints/Urinary infections for example. The ANP will be able to provide prescriptions if clinically appropriate.
Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.
Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.