Community Nursing Services
District nursing services support patients who are housebound by providing nursing care in their own homes and/or other community settings.
Services work in partnership with specialist community nursing and therapy services, patients, carers, general practitioners (GPs) and other social care teams to provide high-quality nursing care and advice.
The service offers professional advice, support, teaching and skilled nursing care to enable people to live as independently as possible with an acute or chronic illness/disability who have a nursing need
District nurses assess the healthcare needs of patients and families, monitor the quality of care that they receive and are professionally accountable for delivery of care. They develop tailored packages of nursing care.
The service also works to keep hospital admissions or readmissions to a minimum, and aids in the safe early discharge of patients from hospital into the community, wherever possible.
District nurses also teach patients to care for themselves, and teach family members how to give care to their relatives.
Your GP can refer you to your local District Nursing Service.
Belsize Priory District Nurses (Camden residents)
Telephone: 0203 317 5705
Out-of-hours: 0203 317 5916
Maida Vale District Nurses (Westminster residents)
Telephone: 0207 563 6129
Camden Integrated Primary Care Service
Camden Integrated Primary Care Service encompasses district nursing, nursing care, rehabilitation, self-management and enablement for people in their own homes and other community settings.
The multi-disciplinary team is made up predominantly of district and community nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and speech and language therapists. The team works closely with the patient’s general practitioner (GP).
Following a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s needs, the team creates a care plan which can include the following:
- Complex wound care/tissue viability
- Continence care
- End-of-life care
- Falls services, including exercise groups
- Case management
- Medicines administration
- Continuing healthcare
- Home-based rehabilitation, including equipment loans
The aim of the service is to provide high-quality care to support GPs in managing often complex housebound patients to live as independently as possible.
Rapid Response Team
Camden Rapid Response Admission Avoidance Service provides advanced nursing care, occupational therapy and physiotherapy to people with immediate health or functional needs who would otherwise require an admission to hospital.
The service offers short-term intensive support including nursing and therapeutic assessments and social care for up to 10 days, after patients are referred on to other appropriate services. The service aims to offer safe care at home which enables people to avoid hospital admissions.
Patients are not eligible if their primary needs are for:
- Social care services
- Mental health services
- A life-threatening condition requiring hospital care
Telephone: 0845 900 0684
Other Community Nursing Services
Camden residents can access the Community Heart Failure Nursing Service, The Community Respiratory Nursing Service and the Community Pediatric Nursing Service.
Referral is via your GP.
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