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District nursing

The District Nursing service covers residents aged 16 years and over within Sandwell and West Birmingham who are registered with a Sandwell GP.  The service predominantly provides nursing care for housebound patients within their own homes. Treatment requiring specialist skills of the district nursing service (e.g., compression bandages) can be delivered  at clinics.

District Nursing teams include district nurses, community staff nurses, nursing associates, healthcare assistants and community phlebotomists.

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Services

The service provides the following treatments:

  • Holistic assessments
  • Leg ulcer care (including compression bandaging and doppler assessments)
  • Wound care (including pressure ulcers, surgical wounds etc)
  • Complex wound management
  • Catheter care
  • Bowel care
  • Continence assessments
  • Trial without catheters
  • Blood tests
  • Insulin administration
  • Palliative/End of life care
  • Medication administration
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Removal of clips/sutures (stitches)
  • PEG medications and feeds

What happens during your visit
Your first visit will be provided by a nurse who will complete an assessment of your condition. They will discuss what care and treatment can be given within the home to help your health, wellbeing, and independence. If the patient is able to, they will be given advice and support in how to self-care which may also include discussions with relatives and/or carers. Your treatment will be reviewed regularly and the team will let you know when they’ll be visiting and of any changes. Unfortunately, exact times cannot be provided, however specific requirements can be discussed on an individual basis.

 

Contacts

Self-referrals are accepted. Referrals from GPs and other healthcare professionals are excepted via email and telephone. Contact telephone number is 0121 507 2664, please listen for the option for district nurse message taking.

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