Community Nursing Team
The children’s community nursing service are a team of children’s
nurses who provide nursing care to children with nursing needs in
order to reduce attendance and admissions to hospital, and expedite
We do this by providing hands on clinical care e.g. blood tests, giving chemotherapy, passing nasogastric feeding tubes, giving intravenous antibiotics, monitoring oxygen etc., as well as teaching and supporting parents and other care givers, such as extended family and school staff.
Support also includes the ordering and supplying of equipment necessary for the child, and liaising closely with other professionals involved with the child and family.
Who We See
Some children are on our caseload for just a few days or weeks, whilst others will be known to the team over a number of years. Visits are tailored to the child and family’s needs. Sometimes an additional package of support is required, for which children and families would be assessed, and an additional care package may be provided, for example night carers.
We have our own team of care workers providing parents with short breaks in their own homes, as well as a community play specialist who helps to support children to cope with nursing interventions, for example those who are fearful of needles.
How Referral Works
Any health care professional e.g. GP, health visitor or hospital. Any other professional including a social worker, teacher, respite provider; parent (although we would need a healthcare provider to confirm need) can also refer to this service.
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