Bedfordshire Community Nurses
The service provides scheduled/planned care to house bound patients who have complex nursing needs.
The primary purpose of community nursing is to provide holistic health needs assessment for patients, families and carers.
Community nurses provide skilled clinical judgement to enable patients to improve, maintain or manage their health problems, in order to achieve the best possible quality of life. The service also supports and manages end of life pathways.
8am-10pm – Community Nursing Service Core Teams
10pm-8am - Rapid Intervention Team
The service offers:
- Care planning – single assessment
- Referral onto other services/agencies if required
- Holistic assessment of need, resulting in devising of relevant care plans, including nursing care interventions
The below list is not exhaustive.
- Care Management Needs
- Continuing Health Care
- Disease Specific Risk Assessments
- Manual Handling Assessments
- Nutrition Assessment
- Palliative Care
- Pain Assessments
- Personal Hygiene
- Risk Assessments
- Wound Care including Leg Ulcers
- Bowel and bladder management
- Catheter care
- Diabetic care
- Eye Care
- Intravenous therapy
- Medication Management
- Nurse prescribing
- Palliative care / terminal care / bereavement care
- Phlebotomy, venepuncture
- Pressure area care
- Health Promotion
- Advise on diet and fluid intake
- Immunisation and vaccinations
- Smoking cessation
The service is divided into five localities across Bedfordshire. Teams are located within a number of different bases across the county.
Referrals can be accepted from the following:
Acute hospital / hospice
Allied health professionals
Social services / social workers
Self referrals from patients and carers