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Nurse Practitioners

The Role of the Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners are experienced nurses who have undergone higher level training in a variety of subjects. They see patients on a day to day basis like a GP would and are able to assess/diagnose /treat and refer in accordance with local policy and guidelines. They have a prescribing qualification and are able to prescribe within their own clearly defined remit.

Nurse practitioners are health promoters that bridge the gap between nurses and GP’s. They often have their own specialist areas and are able to improve access to the surgery. They have both completed a Nurse Practitioner Honours degree and have done extra qualifications in areas such as minor illness/asthma/chronic diseases and sexual health.

urse Practitioners at Haslingden Health Centre have a Triage diploma and are improving access by triaging patients with the GP’s to ensure that acutely ill patients are seen quickly and by the appropriate person

Our Practice Nurses

Sister Vanessa O'Brien   S.R.N.   Burnley (1980)

Vanessa O'Brien Vanessa manages  chronic disease monitoring. Special interests in asthma, chronic airways disease and coronary heart disease and diabetes.




Marie Lord   Assistant Practitioner

Marie Lord Marie has a foundation degree from the University of Central Lancashire in long term conditions. She works along side the practice nurses in the management of chronic diseases. 





Deborah Shepherd Nursing BSc (Hons) Adult UCLAN 2005

Chronic Disease Clinics including CHD, Hypertension, COPD, Asthma and Diabetes. Cytology, Childhood Immunisations and travel vaccines.


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