Community nurses care for patients and their families who are either too ill to attend the surgery for treatment, or who are frail or in some way infirm.
They work collaboratively with other agencies including social services, who will provide personal care (meals on wheels etc), occupational therapists, the palliative care team or any other specialist service.
The district nurses provide a seven day service, providing care from 8.30am to 4.30pm and are contactable by telephoning the surgery. An emergency evening service is also provided between 7.00pm to 11.00pm and this is contactable via the out-of-hours service.
Part of the role of the district nurses is to partake in education and this will involve student nurse training and specialist practice degree training.
To see a district nurse, telephone reception for an appointment.