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Riverside Medical Practice

Main Surgery: Patna         

Branch Sites: Coylton, Dalrymple

Patna Tel: 01292 532500 | Coylton Tel: 01292 571240

Repeat Prescription Line: 01292 532509





Susan Paton – RN-Adult; Nurse: Independent/Supplementary Prescriber; BSc in Health Studies; Graduate Certificate in Sexual & Reproductive Health;  Diploma level module certificates in Asthma & COPD Care; Certificate in Diabetes Care


As NHS Scotland faces a massive recruitment problem, General Practice is also under increasing strain.  The demand for appointments is increasing, more people require more medicine and more clinics are running in General Practice than ever before.  Many Practices in Scotland, including Ayrshire, are facing significant difficulty in filling staff vacancies.


As a Practice we are undergoing some alterations to working patterns to try to guarantee a good provision to our Practice Population going forward in the years to come


Susan has been employed at the practice for many years as a Practice Nurse.  She has already undergone, and continues to undertake, significant additional training in diagnosis, management and prescribing to allow her to change her role to ANP.  Susan will be taking on an ever increasing role with patients who feel they need to be seen on the same day allowing GPs to have more pre-bookable. longer appointments.


Do I need to see a GP or the Advanced Nurse Practitioner?


Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) are all trained specialist nurses who have undertaken additional education in order to provide advanced nursing care. They can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a Doctor for in the past.  Their main areas of expertise are in the management of common illnesses and long term conditions.  Susan is also qualified to discuss/initiate contraception including nexplanon and coil (IUD/IUS) insertion/removal.  If you are uncertain whether Susan can help you, please ask the receptionist for advice.



Same day ANP appointments are available most days for common illnesses. Routine appointments are also available if you prefer to book in advance.


The ANP can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide advice, organise blood tests or x-rays if appropriate, and treatment including a prescription if required.  She can make referrals to hospital doctors or other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital when necessary.  Unfortunately ANPs are unable legally to sign a “Fit Note” for work, but if Susan feels you require one she can arrange this with the oncall GP.  The ANP works closely with your GP and will liaise frequently with them about your care.


Same Day Appointments

The ANP can see you on the day for the following -


Emergency contraception          wounds                scalds                      burns

acute back pain                         joint sprains         shingles                   rashes

chest infection                           thrush                   headache               diarrhoea

urinary tract infections              constipation           haemorrhoids        vomiting

swollen glands                          cystitis                   tonsillitis                earache                 

flu-like illnesses                         cough                    sinusitis                  colds

raised temperature                   sore throat            suspected breast lump


Routine Appointments

Newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes     Diabetic Reviews

New Hypertension diagnosis              Asthma/COPD reviews

Contraceptive advice/reviews             Spirometry results

Monthly IUS/IUD clinics (coils)              New Asthma/COPD diagnosis

Insertion/removal of nexplanon


What ANP CANNOT deal with

Problems associated with pregnancy

Mental health issues

Children under 5 years old

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