DISTRICT NURSING SERVICES (16+)
District nurses work in people’s homes and the local community to help patients improve, maintain, and recover their health, cope with health problems, and achieve the best possible quality of life, whatever their disease or disability. District nursing teams work closely with GPs, social services and other healthcare teams involved in the patient’s care, including physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
The district nursing teams treat a number of conditions including:
- managing chronic long term conditions
- caring for acutely ill patients
- caring for post-operative patients
- palliative care and end of life care
- medication management
- wound care management and advice
- advice and management of continence problems
- advice about healthy living
- referral to other services
People can be referred to the district nursing service by their GP, hospital consultant and other healthcare professionals. Patients and their carers can also self-refer this service.
This service is available from a number of health centres and hospitals. Please contact your GP for more information.