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District Nurse Service

Members of an IMT team.

The adult community district nurse service provides nursing assessment and treatment to patients who are unable to leave their home (permanently or temporarily housebound due to ill health). The district nurse service delivers a wide range of nursing interventions to people in their own homes and plays a key role in supporting independence, managing long term conditions and preventing and treating acute illnesses. The services are required for many reasons, but are commonly needed by adults with a disability, older adults living with frailty and long term conditions and those who are near the end of their life.

Where are we based?

The service covers Birmingham and currently has 36 teams. Click here for full details. 

Each team is led by an appropriately qualified district nurse team manager and consists of district nurses, community staff nurses, nurse associates, assistant practitioners, health care assistants, administrative staff and student nurses on placement.

The teams provide 24 hour cover and are available 365 days of the year.

What do we do?

The district nurse service carry out the following functions:

  • assessment
  • dressings and wound care
  • leg ulcerations and tissue viability (including aftercare of surgical wounds)
  • continence assessment
  • catheter care
  • phlebotomy - services will be provided to all patients who are both housebound and on the current district nurse caseload.
  • stoma care
  • medication and prescribing
  • administration of medicines
  • central venous access devices and IV therapy
  • safeguarding

 

Clinical Case Managers

The service Clinical Case Manager (CCM) Service is being reviewed at present with the existing CCM being integrated into Early Intervention Community Teams.

All patients under the care of a CCM have been contacted and informed of how to access support through Early Intervention Community Teams.

For any further queries please contact Early Intervention Community teams via the Adult Community Service Single point of Access 0300 555 1919, option 2.

Referral Route

Referrals will be made from a number of sources for a District Nursing assessment.

1) For Urgent Referrals: Telephone call to the BCHC Adult Community Services Single Point of Access on 0300 555 1919, Option 1.

2) For non-urgent or complex referrals please complete the referral form and email or fax the following form to:

Download a copy by clicking here.

Fax Number: 0121 615 2963

Email Address: bchnt.imtreferral@nhs.net

(Fax and Emails will only be picked up between the hours of 8:00am–5:00pm Monday–Friday and 8:00am–12:00pm Saturday and Sunday)

ANY URGENT REFERRALS SHOULD BE PHONED THROUGH AND NOT FAXED OR EMAILED

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Referral Route

Referrals will be made from a number of sources for a District Nursing assessment.

1) For Urgent Referrals: Telephone call to the BCHC Adult Community Services Single Point of Access on 0300 555 1919, Option 1.

2) For non-urgent or complex referrals please complete the referral form and email or fax the following form to:

Download a copy by clicking here.

Fax Number: 0121 615 2963

Email Address:                  bchnt.imtreferral@nhs.net

(Fax and Emails will only be picked up between the hours of 8:00am–5:00pm Monday–Friday and 8:00am–12:00pm Saturday and Sunday)

ANY URGENT REFERRALS SHOULD BE PHONED THROUGH AND NOT FAXED OR EMAILED

Click here for details about the Adult Community District Nurse Evening Service

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