Our nursing team hold weekly clinics for which appointments can be made by their own receptionists for:
- Travel immunisations
- Various health promotion clinics
They also carry out ear syringing, removal of stitches, and other treatments.
Val Bedwell – Senior Nurse Manager
Health Care Assistants
Francesca Bell is our Macmillan nurse, who provides support to patients (and their families) with a diagnosis of cancer or terminal illness.
District Nursing Service
District nursing care is usually reserved for individuals who are housebound , that is they are only able to leave home by ambulance, or there should be some other reason why home visits are appropriate.
All patients referred for continence promotion will be given a full assessment. Continence is the goal, with continence products used only as a last resort or short-term option.
Any member of the team may visit patients, this may include staff members from around the area and bank staff.
All packages of care will include health promotion, supporting the service’s overall aim of encouraging greater independence and well being.
What District Nurses Do
- Complex Assessment of health needs
- Wound assessment care
- Acute and Chronic Disease Management
- Health Promotion
- Palliative and Terminal Care
- Promotion of self care whenever possible
- Administration of treatment using specialised nursing equipment and medication
What District Nurses Don’t Do
- Patients who need help with personal hygiene, bathing, meals, housework, day care, respite, getting up, going to bed or toileting should be referred to social service.
- District Nurses cannot carry out ‘check’ visits, all patients should have a recognised nursing need.
- Appointments times are not usually given for non-times treatment as this can lead to confusion, broken promises, rushed practitioners and inequity of care.
- District Nurses should not be used as an emergency service.
- Collecting prescriptions is a job for families, the home help or carers employed by the social services department or private agency, not skilled nurses.
- Voluntary agencies can often help with filling out forms such as benefit applications.
- Filling dosset boxes and administering oral, nasal and ophthalmic medication (such as eye drops) should be done by families, carers or social services.