Island nurses advance in urgent care

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Congratulations to NHS Western Isles nursing staff Janet MacDonald, Geraldine Macrae, Christine Macleod and Meg Davies, who each graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma as Advanced Nurse Practitioners from the University of Highlands and Islands on November 12.

The newly formed Urgent Care team, previously known as the Community Unscheduled Care Nurses, delivers care as Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP) with advanced skills in the assessment of patients to formulate a management plan and prescribe.

The graduates are already putting their ANP role to good use in the recent development of the Urgent Care team and are to be commended for all their hard work in achieving this award.

The Urgent Care team also provides a service both during working hours and out-of-hours, receiving referrals from both NHS24 and GPs on Lewis.

Advanced Nursing practice is essential for the development of Urgent Care in the Western Isles and the team have risen to the challenge. Congratulations to all.