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Helping the people of Leicester to have long and healthy lives.

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group

Advanced nurse practitioner

You should see an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) if you have a common illness, infection or minor injury.

An ANP is a skilled and experienced member of the practice team. They are qualified to carry out examinations, diagnose what is wrong with a patient and provide treatment and education for a defined range of conditions. They can order and interpret diagnostic tests and write prescriptions.

You might see an ANP for the following kinds of medical problems:

  • Coughs, colds, flu which are ongoing or keep returning
  • Sore throat
  • Chest infections
  • Tonsillitis
  • Earache
  • Eye infections
  • Urinary problems
  • Burns
  • Wounds
  • Tired all the time
  • Low mood and depression
  • Contraception check/management
  • Stomach or bowel problems
Advanced nurse practitioners also look after long term conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, high cholesterol, lung disease. They can also advise you how to live with a long term condition and keep it under control.

Many senior practice nurses also have advanced skills and are specialists for particular long term conditions, e.g. diabetes.

If you are seen by one professional, such as an advanced nurse practitioner, but then need to be seen by someone else, such as a doctor or GP with a specialist interest for a second opinion, this will happen safely and seamlessly.