This year following Dr Contardi's retirement the practice employed two Advanced Nurse Practitioners.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners are highly skilled Nurses who have acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice. They essentially work as Doctors. They see patients in surgery and perform home visits.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners can see patients for virtually anything they would normally see a GP for. They diagnose and treat problems, carry out physical examination, arrange investigations, make referrals and they are independent prescribers.
The only patients they are unable to see are pregnant ladies. We also ask that patients do not book into see an Advanced Nurse Practitioner for on going problems which they have been seeing a GP for.