The Rysseldene Clinical Team
Rysseldene Surgery's multidisciplinery clinical team have a fantastic range of skills which help us deliver a varied and comprehensive level of care. This page outlines some skills our team possesses and gives examples of some of the traditional symptoms each professional will see.
A GP's skills set allows them to see patients with a wide variety of medical needs. GPs are best placed seeing our most frail patients with complex needs and multiple comorbidities such as advanced chronic respiratory issues, active cancers, cardiac disease or a combination of these. General Practitioners will help plan for the management of diseases and may decide to refer to a specialist in a hospital setting. In order for GPs to able to manage our most complex patients, it is not always possible to offer an appointment with a GP and a receptionist will book you with the most appropriate clinician.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner / Nurse Practitioner
Our Nurse Practitioner will see a wide variety of patients of which traditionally, a General Practitioner would have seen. These include but are not exclusive to;
- Minor Illness - e.g. suspected chest infections, sinus problems, throat infection.
- Chronic Conditions
- Skin Infections
- Abdominal exams
- Ear Infections
Our Practice Nurses will manage your INR dosages if you are at risk of clotting, administer B12 injections and child immunisations, ear syringing, and are trained in chronic disease management such as COPD and asthma, of which an annual review will be planned.
At Rysseldene we offer Smear Tests, of which you will usually be called in for. If you feel you are overdue, please do not hesitate to call the surgery. The criteria for smear tests are as follows;
- Women aged 25-49 are invited every three years
- Women aged 50-64 are invited every five years
- Women who need follow-up after cell changes will be invited even if under the age of 25 or over the age of 65
- Women with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are advised to be screened every year until the age of 65
- If you are 65 or over and have never had a smear test, then you are entitled to have one
Rysseldene has physiotherapy input on numerous days during the week. Patients can book direct with the physiotherapist for any musculoskeletal complaints, such as knee, hip, ankle or foot, and shoulder pain- you do not have to be referred to do so. Our two Advanced Practice Physiotherapists are qualified to prescribe independently, order investigations, carry out joint injection therapy (judged on a case by case basis) and are trained to spot and act on red flags. They are able to assess school aged children also.
The Advanced Practice Physiotherapists will provide advice on the management of the patientâ€™s problems, provide appropriate exercises and refer on as required to secondary care.
The surgery has audiology input regularly on a weekly basis. This is a self referral service to patients currently struggling with issues related to hearing including tinnitus, as well as dizzy spells and vertigo.