Community Nursing Service

The Community Nursing Service provides scheduled/planned care to house bound patients who have complex nursing needs. The primary purpose of Community Nursing is to provide holistic health needs assessment for patients, families and carers. Community Nurses provide skilled clinical judgement to enable patients to improve, maintain or manage their health problems, in order to achieve the best possible quality of life. The service also supports and manages end of life pathways.

The service offers:

Assessment

  • Care planning – single assessment
  • Referral onto other services/agencies if required
  • Holistic assessment of need, resulting in devising of relevant care plans, including nursing care interventions

 Assessments include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Care Management Needs
  • Continuing Health Care
  • Continence
  • Disease Specific Risk Assessments
  • Manual Handling Assessments
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Palliative Care
  • Pain Assessments
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Phlebotomy
  • Risk Assessments
  • Teaching
  • Wound Care including Leg Ulcers

Intervention

Treatment to patients who are house bound include:

  • Bowel and bladder management
  • Catheter care
  • Diabetic care
  • Eye Care
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Nurse prescribing
  • Palliative care / terminal care / bereavement care
  • Phlebotomy, venepuncture
  • Pressure area care

Health Promotion

  •  Advise on diet and fluid intake
  •  Immunisation and vaccinations
  •  Smoking cessation
  •  Support the health promotion agenda e.g. making every contact count

Where Service is based

The service is divided into five localities across Bedfordshire. Teams are located within a number of different bases across the county.

Hours of Operation

7 days a week, 365 days a year

08:00 – 22:00 – Community Nursing Service Core Teams

22:00-08:00 – Rapid Intervention Team

How to Contact Service

Via OneCall: Tel:(0345) 602 4064

How to Access Service

Referrals can be accepted from the following:

  •  Acute hospital / hospice
  • GPs
  • Allied health professionals
  • Community matrons
  • Health promotion
  • Specialist nurses
  • Social services / social workers
  • Voluntary services
  • Self referrals from patients and carers