District Nurses devise a plan of care based on assessment of a patient’s nursing requirements. They carry out clinical procedures to housebound individuals and also within a clinical environment and provide advice on promoting health and preventing ill-health.
Procedures include dressings, post op. care, leg ulcer management, ear syringing, venepuncture, incontinence advice, palliative care, central line/TPN management, enteral feeding and administration of medicines.
The District Nurses’ clinical skills are enhanced by regular training and development updates and they are involved in working groups such as Nurse Prescribers Group. The role also extends to teaching and co-ordinating students and working in a pro-active, multi-disciplinary team with medical, para-medical and social services.
The District Nurses are available to visit housebound patients in their own homes a referral is needed from the patient’s own GP for any new treatment.