Triage nurse takes GP strain
A triage nurse at Dr Malcolm Ridgway's practice will be able to refer patients without his approval after a training course in first contact care.
Elaine Maguire is one of the first to take the MSc course, which trains experienced nurses to 'see and treat' a range of conditions to free up GP time.
Dr Ridgway, a GP in Blackburn, said: 'It may be we triage her patients initially, but once we are comfortable, Elaine will take histories, examine patients and come to conclusions. If she decides a patient needs referring why should I get involved?'