District Nurses

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