Old Bridge Surgery has a Nurse Practitioner who works at an advanced level, there is also 3 Practice Nurses as well as 5 HCA’s who all work together to provide patients with the best possible care.
Nurses are increasingly extending and expanding their scope of practice working at an advanced level to enhance service delivery and improve health outcomes. We have one Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) here at Looe; Fiona Cooper.
The International Council of Nurses defines the Advanced Practitioner role as a ‘registered nurse who has acquired expert knowledge base, complex decision making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice’.
Fiona operates as an advanced generalist, providing complete episodes of care for patients who present with a wide variety of health needs. Although she also specialises in managing patients with long-term conditions.
Andrew Sutton, a registered Paramedic, supports the duty doctors making home visits and seeing patients with minor illness in surgery.
Laura and Alex are experienced Practice Nurses with Abi joining the team in 2016 as a newly qualified Nurse. Their duties include immunisations, cervical smears, contraceptive advice, chronic illness annual reviews including asthma, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Health Care Assistants
As well as undertaking blood pressure checks, ear syringing, dressings, carrying out blood tests, undertaking new patient and NHS health checks, 24 hour BPs, 24 hour ECGs and undertaking flu injections. Our Health Care Assistants assist the doctors and practice nurses with many duties including minor operations and assisting with our diabetic patients.
Our Health Care Assistants perform many services on behalf of the hospital, providing a convenient service for our patients and saving the time and money involved with revisiting the hospital.