Old Bridge Surgery has 2 Nurse Practitioners who both work at an advanced level, there is also 3 Practice Nurses as well as 4 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 now have two Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP) here at Looe; Fiona Cooper and Ruth Hughes.
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’.
Both Fiona and Ruth operate as advanced generalists, providing complete episodes of care for patients who present with a wide variety of health needs. Although both specialise in managing patients with long-term conditions.
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, the removal and insertion of coils and implants 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.