The Community Nurses provide all aspects of nursing care to the housebound. In our area we are very fortunate to be able to manage some illnesses that would normally require a hospital Admission in the patient’s home. This is known as our Hospital at Home service.
The domiciliary service also manages an Intermediate Care Service in NHS nursing home beds in both Charmouth and Lyme Regis. This enables those who require more intensive nursing to receive it in their local community.
The Community Nursing service operates an open referral system and can be contacted on 01297 446108.
The team comprises of one full-time District Nurse and three Community Staff Nurses, in addition to Community Health Care Assistants. As well as general nursing care, they provide the following services:
- Continence assessment and advice
- Wound care
- Hospital at Home
- GP intermediate care beds at two local nursing care homes and a residential care home (7 beds in total)
- Palliative care
The team liaise and work closely with GPs and patient carers.