The Nurse Practitioner and our Practice Nurses are available for consultation by appointment and are fully trained to deal with a variety of problems including the care of diabetes, asthma, COPD and hypertension, annual Pill and HRT checks. They carry out many practical procedures including injections, vaccinations, ear syringing (in the surgery only), smear tests, hearing tests and ECG’s (electrocardiograph). They are also the mainstay of our health promotion work; health education and prevention of disease forms a large part of their work. They carry out Well Person health checks and give advice on healthy lifestyles and diet. There is a ‘stop smoking’ clinic available by arrangement with the Nurses. Elderly patients are offered yearly health screening and advice is available on any health topic of concern.