The community nurse team is made up of senior district nurses, who lead a team of community nurses and healthcare assistants providing community healthcare services for house-bound patients who may well be acutely unwell, have a long term condition, require palliative care or those that require intensive and technological care.
As well as treatment, nurses can offer advice and support with health concerns, working together with GPs to prevent unnecessary or avoidable hospital admissions.
The team visit house-bound patients to provide advice and care, for example: palliative care, wound management, medication support, catheter and continence care, and to assess patients' needs for equipment provision such as specialist beds and mattresses.
If the patient is able to leave their home (either escorted or unescorted) and travel on foot, wheelchair, by public transport or dial-a-ride – they will be asked to attend the nearest clinic instead. Patients who are able to attend GP, dental or hospital appointments are not considered house bound.
The community nurse team work in partnership with hospices, primary, community and secondary care health services, and the voluntary sector.
The service provides a 24-hour service, 7 days a week. However, it is not an emergency service. In the event of an emergency, patients should contact their GP, ambulance or call 111.