Coronavirus: adult community nursing update
We know that this is a concerning time for lots of people and we remain committed to providing our patients, families and carers with the best, and safest, care possible.
We are expecting an increase in demand for district nursing services and therefore we are changing how we work in the district and neighbourhood nursing teams, so that we can continue providing the best care possible for current and new patients. These changes are designed to help keep everyone as safe as we can during this challenging time. Our nurses are reviewing every patient's care plan and where appropriate we are offering virtual appointments or asking our patients and families/carers to manage their own care. In some circumstances we may also make changes to the number of visits patients receive at home.
Visit the patients section for contact details and appointments information.
The district and neighbourhood nursing service provides nursing care in the home to adults over the age of 16 who are housebound and unable to care for themselves.
Where possible, we help and support patients towards independence in managing their care needs and long term conditions. We aim to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital and facilitate early discharge.
Our service is available 8am-8pm, 365 days a year.
Our teams of nurses are based in nine different localities across Lambeth and Southwark. They are led by district nursing sisters and charge nurses who work closely with GP practices. Community matrons sit within the district nursing teams and manage patients with long-term conditions to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.
Our service provides:
- Assessment and case management
- Management of long-term conditions
- Wound management
- Leg ulcer clinics (in Southwark)
- Palliative and end-of-life care
- Nurse prescribing
- Medicines management
- Education and support for self-care
- Bladder and bowel management
Guy's and St Thomas' is the first NHS organisation in England to test a new method of community nursing which uses key elements of the Dutch nursing model known as Buurtzorg. Read the review of neighbourhood nursing at the Trust (PDF 498Kb).