An Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) is a senior practitioner working in the Emergency Department who has been specially trained to treat minor injuries without necessarily having to refer to a doctor.
They are qualified to assess, diagnose, treat and discharge patients with certain injuries without having to refer to a doctor. Previously, if you came to the Emergency Department with a minor injury, you would have to wait for a doctor to come and see you.
You might still have to wait but with the introduction of the ENP service, your wait should be greatly reduced.
They work within specific guidelines, drawn up with the agreement of the clinical lead of the Emergency Department. The ENP is qualified to treat patients suffering from conditions such as cuts, scalds, bites, sprains and strains