District Nursing Service
- The District nurses visit patients who are strictly housebound and for medical reasons are unable to attend the Medical Centre for a Practice Nurse appointment.
- District Nurses are not an emergency service, in case of an emergency please contact your GP or dial 999.
- All patients referred for continence promotion are entitled to an assessment. Continence is the aim, with continence products used only as a last resort if other appropriate treatment is unsuccessful.
- Any member of the team may visit patients – this may include staff members that reside locally 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
- Provide care for housebound patients only
- Referral to other agencies if appropriate
- Complex Assessment of health needs
- Wound assessment
- Acute and Chronic Disease Management
- Health Promotion
- Palliative and end of life care
- Promotion of self-care whenever possible to enable independence
- Administration of treatment using specialised nursing equipment and medication
- Provide community leg 11 services
- Prevention of hospital admissions
- Promoting early hospital discharges