Cervical Screening

Cervical screening (smear test) is a quick test to check your cervix (neck of the womb) for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is a common virus that can cause

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Our Advanced Nurse Practitioners who can deal with many of the problems you may at one time have seen a GP about. They are highly qualified nurses and can assess and examine patients, make a diagnosis, prescribe treatment and discharge. They work closely with other members of the practice team to provide you with the optimum care.

Our Practice Nurses who provide a comprehensive range of services including:

  • Immunisation/vaccination
  • Wound care
  • Long term condition review
  • Smear tests
  • Warfarin clinic
  • Electrocardiograms (ECGs) – a test to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity
  • Carers’ reviews
  • Basic screening including blood pressure, taking blood etc

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Miss Debbie McFarlane – PG Dip in Advanced Practice (2020), Non Medical Prescriber (2018), PG Dip Adult Nursing (2005). Joined the team in April 2019.

Ms Claire Johnstone – Msc Advanced Practice with specialism in critical care (2013), Non Medical Prescriber (2021) PG Dip Adult Nursing (2009). Joined the team July 2021.

Ms Wendy Gordon – Bachelor Degree in Adult  Nursing 2006, COPD Diploma, Asthma Diploma, Nurse independent /Supplementary prescriber, PG Diploma in Advanced Practice ( pending summer 2022). Joined the team Sept 2021

Trainee ANP

Miss Zoe McClements – Bachelors of Nursing (2010) joined the team July 2021. Currently commenced her PG Dip in Advanced Practice at Dundee University. Expected to complete 2024.

“An Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) is an experienced and highly educated Registered Nurse who manages the complete clinical care for their patient, not solely any specific condition. Advanced practice is a level of practice, rather than a type or speciality of practice. ANPs are educated at Masters Level in advanced practice and are assessed as competent in this level of practice. Since 2016 new ANPs have had to undertake a master’s level qualification in advanced practice. It takes between 2-3 years of additional training to train as an ANP.

This course should cover:

• Clinical Assessment

• Clinical reasoning, judgement and diagnostic decision making

• Anatomy and pathophysiology

• Non-medical prescribing (V300)

• Leading, delivering and evaluating care

• Practice learning/ work based learning

As a clinical leader they have the freedom and authority to act and accept the responsibility and accountability for those actions. This level of practice is characterised by high level autonomous decision making, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment including prescribing, of patients with complex multidimensional problems. Decisions are made using their high level expert knowledge and skills. This includes the authority to refer, admit and discharge within appropriate clinical areas. Working as part of the multidisciplinary team ANPs can work in or across all clinical settings, dependent on their area of expertise.” (Chief Nursing Officers Directorate, 2017)

What can an Advanced Nurse Practitioner do?

The core clinical competencies of the ANP are to:

• Take a comprehensive history

• Perform a clinical assessment (a comprehensive physical clinical examination of all systems and a mental health assessment)

• Formulate differential diagnoses

• Request, interpret and act on diagnostic tests and investigations

• Formulate an action plan for the treatment of the patient

• Admit, discharge or refer a patient dependent on patient need at time of review