Newcastle Hospitals Community Health
What is the District Nursing Service?
The District Nursing Service consists of a team of nurses and healthcare assistants which is led by a team leader who is a specialist community nurse The service operates 24 hours per day. A student nurse may accompany your district nurse. If you would prefer students not to be present please tell your nurse.
This will not affect your care.
We care for people in their communities and in their own homes, and help them avoid stays in hospital. We also provide information and advice to help people stay fit and well.
How can we help you?
We provide nursing care to adults:-
· Who are registered with a Newcastle GP
· Who are confined to their home through illness or disability, or have a nursing need that makes a home visit more appropriate.
As your condition improves you may be asked to visit your practice nurse or attend a clinic run by the district nurses or other specialist nurses
We offer nursing, advice and support to enable people to live as independently as possible with an illness, or disability. This could include:
· Wound care
· Administration of non-oral medication e.g. Injections
· Advice about continence problems
· Advice about healthy living
· End of life care
· Advice and support to your carers and family
· Assessment of equipment needs
· Referral to other services
Working in your community
We work to improve the health of people in the Tyneside area by providing treatment, information, support and advice in the community.
Our main services include:
Working in partnership
We want to make it easier for people to access health services closer to where they live. So to help people get the treatment they need, we work with local organisations and groups including:
- GP surgeries
- Local health centres
- Local councils
- Care providers such as Macmillan Cancer Support
- Voluntary groups
- Sure Start Children’s Centres
- Charities such as Action for Children, Children North East and Barnados
People you may see
Our services are brought to you by highly skilled health professionals, carers and support staff, and all our staff wear Newcastle Hospitals identify badges. Colleagues you may see in the community include:
- District nurses and community matrons
- Health visitors
- School nurses
- Healthcare assistants
- Advice and support workers
- Care workers
- Physiotherapists, podiatrists and other therapy staff
- Doctors, nurses and other specialist staff trained in specific conditions including sexual health and contraceptive services, heart disease, COPD, stroke and other specialist conditions
- Nurse practitioners
For more details about our services in your area, you can: