District Nursing Service
The District Nursing Service delivers skilled nursing care and advice to patients across the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area within their own homes.
The service is offered to housebound patients over the age of 18 in order to provide assistance in the management of their health needs. We carry out visits 7 days per week 365 days a year.
District nursing’s primary role is to provide high quality nursing assessment, clinical care and advice to people who are temporarily or permanently housebound. They may also see patients in a clinic setting. Following a full assessment, team members will work in partnership with patients, carers, other healthcare professionals, social services, charities and the independent sector to provide personalised packages of care.
Some of the services provided by the district nursing team include:
Promotion of independence - provide support and education for self-care.
- provide information for patient self-choice.
- support patients and carers to adapt to changes in their health
Medicines management - support the self-administration of non-oral medication.
Palliative and End of Life Care - Support patient and their carers (referring to other services as required)
- Symptom management
- Bereavement support
Wound management - Post surgery or injury, chronic wounds
- Leg ulcer
- pressure ulcers
Bowel and bladder Management -assessment, management and education
Health Promotion - Support and advice to help people lead healthy lives.
National recognition for ECCH Tissue Viability Team
ECCH's Tissue Viability Team has been working with staff from three care homes in Great Yarmouth to help them correctly diagnose skin tears and dress them appropriately. The care home staff received special training from ECCH and piloted the new system for a three month period. The results showed a reduction in skin tears, improved healing rates and reduced pain and trauma. The education package and treatment pathway is now being rolled out to all care homes in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
NHS England has championed the Tissue Viability Team's findings as part of the national ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ initiative which aims to highlight practices that have resulted in better outcomes, improved experiences and better use of resources in order that all NHS organisations can learn from them.
The district nursing service accepts referrals for assessment from anyone. Home visits are provided for people who are housebound. A patient is deemed housebound when they are unable to leave their home environment with minimal assistance, due to physical and/or psychological illness. This could be either temporarily or permanently.
The service operates 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Core hours: 08.30 – 16.30. A limited service is available outside of these hours for urgent issues and can be contacted on the numbers below.