Community nursing teams support peoples healthcare, when they are unable to leave their own home or need some additional support after a period of illness or discharge from hospital.
Community nursing teams are made up of community matrons, district nurses, staff who are trained to take blood (phlebotomists) and healthcare assistants. The team works with GPs, health and social care staff, hospitals and the voluntary sector in order to support you where you live.
Community matrons primarily support people with multiple longterm health conditions. They work with people who have had:
Community matrons provide intensive support to people at home in order to help keep people well, help them improve their health and enjoy a good quality of life. They aim to prevent unplanned admissions or treatment or when a hospital admission is needed; to support a quick discharge. They will help you to recognise and manage early signs of deterioration in order to achieve this.
District nurses work mainly with housebound patients in order to support their independence and provide additional support after discharge from hospital of a period of serious illness.
Support from district nurses is available to adults who:
8am – 6pm with out of hours support provided evenings, nights and weekends.