The Community Nursing Service visits people in their own homes or in residential care homes and provides a range of care to support periods of illness and incapacity.
In addition to providing direct patient care, the service also helps patients to understand their condition better and to explain how they can care for themselves.
The service includes a number of different specialist, qualified staff, this includes:
• District Nurses
District nurses deliver most of the professional nursing care provided in people’s homes. Support from the team includes cleaning and dressing wounds and administering medication and pain control.
• Case managers
Case Managers plan, monitor and anticipate the changing needs of patients with more complex conditions to ensure that they receive all the support they require.
• Community matrons
Highly experienced, senior nurses who work closely with patients (mainly those with a serious long term condition or complex range of conditions)
• Evening and Night Service
The Evening and Night Nursing Service is based at the GP Centre in the Northern General Hospital. It provides a city wide service to enable nursing care to be delivered over a 24 hour period. The service operates 17.00 -8.00 hours, 365 days per year.
• Intensive Home Nursing
The Intensive Home Nursing Service (IHNS) provides individualised one-to-one supportive care for patients who are believed to be in the last few weeks of life, to enable them to die at home. The service provides varying levels of care depending on the needs of the individual.
The Community Nursing teams also have access to a number of specialist services that are delivered across the city, such as tissue viability and continence services.
Firth Park Health Clinic (for patients in the North of the city) Tel: 3051950
Manor Clinic (for patients in the South of the city) Tel: 3054280/1