The treatment room nurse can be accessed by appointment, and is available from 09:00 until 17:00 Monday, Tuesdays, Friday, and some Thursdays. 08.30 until 16.30 on Wednesdays and is staffed by trained nurses at all times.
When arranging an appointment, please inform the desk staff about the type of appointment you wish e.g. dressing, removal of sutures, cervical smear. This helps staff to allocate you the appropriate time slot and book your appointment with the appropriate member of the team.
There are a couple of ‘urgent same day’ slots with the treatment room nurse available each day. Please telephone as early in the day as possible if you need to access a nurse urgently.
The treatment room is very busy so we encourage patients to book well in advance, particularly if wishing to attend for a regular appointment e.g. monthly injection, monthly blood test, and regular/long-term dressing
Skill mix within the practice is very important so that we may provide you with the best person to look after you depending on your medical condition.
3 out of 4 trained nurses perform cervical smears and undertake about 95% of all smears taken in the practice. If you prefer (and at your request), you can arrange to have your smear taken by a doctor.
All nurses are trained in:
- travel health and immunisations
- wound care
- ear assessment
- leg ulcer care and
- other general treatment room duties.
Three nurses run chronic disease clinics such as:
- secondary prevention of heart & stroke
Patients are invited to attend these clinics as appropriate on the month of their birthday. If you receive an invitation to any of these clinics, please be very specific when arranging your appointment to ensure you are booked with the appropriate nurse. Your letter should tell you the days on which your specific clinic runs.
With the exception of patients who are bat handlers, the practice is unable to provide vaccinations for occupational health indications. This should be sought from employers or University.