Trinity Medical Centre

1 Goldstone Villas, Hove, BN3 3AT

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Telephone: 01273 736030

bhccg.thetrinitymedicalcentre@nhs.net

 

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Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) & Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Advanced Nurse Practitioners are specialised nurses who have a lot of experience working in primary care (with GPs) and who have undergone higher professional training to become practitioners. In practical terms this means they have had extensive university-led training in a range of subjects including physical examination, managing illnesses and injuries and pharamacology and prescribing.

 

All our nurse practitioners are nurse prescribers and are very comfortable managing a wide range of acute (i.e. recent onset) problems. They are independent and used to investigating, diagnosing and treating a wide range of common General Practice illnesses and injuries. We use nurse practitioners extensively in our clinics so that our doctors have more time to deal with more complex, chronic (i.e. longstanding) problems.

 

We use ANPs to increase access & healthcare options to our patients. Our reception team will ask you questions as to what your symptoms are to ensure they put you with the right clinician and often seeing an ANP will be the most appropriate and best option.

  • Our ANPs are excellent but they are not trained in some areas that GPs specialise in – such as mental health, chronic or complex pain, complications of pregnancy and long term, incurable conditions. 
  • Our ANPs all bring their own previous training, expertise and special areas of interest to their work. They also run some follow-up clinics for problems that don’t resolve after the first visit.

 

Our Team:

Sara Merrett:

  • Sara was a mature adult nursing student with a specialist interest in emergency medicine and spent a number of years working in Worthing and Brighton Emergency Department. Sara found a love for Practice Nursing after her 2nd child was born and joined Sackville Medical Centre in 2016 which became Trinity in 2017. Sara is the lead Nurse for Diabetes, Travel and Education and recently completed her Advanced Nurse Practitioner degree at a classification of first class honors, which allows her to see and treat on the day patients.

Julie Lord:

  • Julie Lord has a background in A&E and Practice Nursing. She has been an Advanced Nurse Practitioner since 2017 when she passed her Advanced Physical Assessment and Prescribing modules.  In 2018 she completed her post graduate diploma (PGdip) as a Community Specialist Practitioner with The University of Brighton.  Julie is able to assess, diagnose, and treat (including prescribing) independently, including referral and admission where appropriate

Lorraine Weller:

  • Lorraine has over 25 years’ NHS experience working within Coronary Care and Emergency Departments in London and the southeast as well as in New Zealand. Since moving into General Practice 2 years ago, Lorraine has developed a keen interest in managing acute illness and mental health in Primary Care and helping people to stay out of hospital where possible (admission avoidance). She is currently undertaking an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice