Who Should I Make My Appointment With?

It is not always necessary to wait for an appointment to see a doctor. In some instances it may be more appropriate and quicker for you to see one of our team of practice nurses.

Our practice nurses deal with all of the following – please book your appointment appropriately.

Sore throats
Symptoms for less than 3 days Visit www.patient.co.uk for self help info and follow the advice but if you are still worried make a nurse appointment.
Colds/coughs/flu
Symptoms for less than 4 days Visit www.patient.co.uk for self help info and follow the advice but if you are still worried make a nurse appointment.
Symptoms for more than 4 days and not improving Make nurse appointment for the same day
Chesty coughs
If symptoms include breathlessness Make Drs appointment
otherwise Make nurse appointment for the same day
Eye Infections
Symptoms for 24 hours or more Make nurse appointment for the same day
Cystitis
If this is your first contact for this episode of cystitis Make nurse appointment for the same day – provide urine sample, ask receptionist for sample bottle
IF you have already seen the nurse and received treatment for this episode of cystitis but still have symptoms Make an appointment with the Doctor – provide urine sample, ask receptionist for sample bottle
Earache
Ear pain Make nurse appointment for the same day
Blocked ears Routine nurse appointment
Sinusitis
– possible symptoms include blocked nose/facial pain/headaches
Symptoms for less than 3 days Visit www.patient.co.uk for self help info and follow the advice but if you are still worried make a nurse appointment.
Symptoms for more than 3 days Make nurse appointment for the same day
Emergency Contraception
Within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse Ask for earliest nurse appointment on the same day
Alternatives – Walk In Centre, Family Planning Clinic or local pharmacy – check for list of approved local chemists with receptionist.
Contraception
Repeat prescription Routine nurse appointment
Changing pill or method Routine nurse appointment (20 mins)
Starting pill Routine nurse appointment (20 mins)
General advice (including prior to IUCD/Implanon fitting) Routine nurse appointment (20 mins)
Implanon fitting Routine Dr and nurse appointment (20 mins)
IUCD fitting Routine Dr and nurse appointment (20 mins)
Sports injuries
New problem within one week of occurrence Nurse appointment
Recurring problem or more than one week since occurrence Doctors appointment
Minor Injuries Consider self referral to First Aider on campus or to Casualty/A & E Or you can be seen by a nurse in her next available appointment
Abdominal pain Make nurse appointment for the same day
Stomach upsets Routine nurse appointment
Vaginal discharges Routine nurse appointment – double appointment required – 20 mins
Rashes Make nurse appointment for the same day
Asthma review Appointment with specialist nurse in Asthma Clinic (20 mins)
Travel health Make an appointment in the travel clinic about 6 weeks before you are due to travel – double nurse appointment (20 mins)
Diabetes review Appointment with specialist nurse in vascular clinic (20 mins)
Sexual health advice First available nurse appointment
Cervical smears Nurse routine appointment (double – 20 mins) mid cycle
Hayfever Routine nurse appointment
Lifestyle
Weight control/alcohol Routine nurse appointment
Smoking cessation Speak to the receptionist for options available.