District Nursing (Community Nursing)
The District Nursing service (Community Nursing) is available for patients who are confined to home due to them having a disability or long term condition. Otherwise patients will be seen at GP practice treatment rooms.
District Nurses support carers and families to enable the patient to be cared for at home.
District Nurses work closely with a range of other professionals and healthcare teams. There are District Nurses working with hospital colleagues assisting in safe transfer home for the patient.
Within Inverclyde two District Nurses work closely with care home colleagues and General Practitioners to provide specialist nursing support to the residents of our local care homes.
Some of the areas that nurses can assist with are:-
- Assessment of person needs including the needs of family and carers.
- Anticipatory care planning for future needs
- Wound management and nurse prescribing of wound care products
- Assessment and management of patient symptoms e.g. pain control
- Post operative nursing support & care following discharge from hospital
- Assessment, management and promotion of continence
- Assistance with administration of medicines and support with medical devices
- Rehabilitation and health promotion
- Monitoring of patients with long term conditions and chronic disease
- Attend to patients with palliative / terminal care needs