As part of a programme to expand the multidisciplinary nature of General Practice within NHS Scotland, Bruntsfield is delighted to introduce our new Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Claire Hill.
Claire qualified in 1992 and has spent the majority of her career in NHS Lothian. She worked in A&E for 7 years, then as a District Nurse for 17 years before moving to the IMPACT (IMProved Anticipatory Care and Treatment) team. During the past 2 ½ years Claire has undertaken extensive training and recently qualified as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner .
ANPs are educated at Master’s level and are competent to work at advanced level as part of multidisciplinary teams. Their work is characterised by high-level autonomous decision-making, including assessing, diagnosing and treating (including prescribing for) patients with complex problems. ANPs have the authority to refer, admit and discharge within defined clinical areas.
Claire works from Monday-Thursday, and will be working closely with the existing GPs and nurses. Many patients who would previously have been offered an appointment with a GP may now be offered an appointment with Claire, and she will also be doing home visits. At the moment she is seeing patients for a variety of issues*, such as:
- Any Respiratory Symptoms
- Acute COPD/asthma exacerbations
- Hayfever/antihistamine prescribing
- Urinary symptoms in women
- Catheter issues in men or women
- Minor Injuries
- Wound advice
- Palliative Care questions
- Painkiller prescribing/reviews/issues
- Nursing Home reviews & questions
- Frail Elderly/65+ acute issues
This list will keep growing over time as Claire develops in her role here at Bruntsfield.
We are very excited to have Claire as a member of our team and hope that our patients quickly reap the benefit of her expertise.
* Please be aware that Claire doesn’t see patients under the age of 16, or those who need help with specific mental health issues.