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Our vision: To improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland by providing high quality, integrated physical and mental health care pathways.
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Community Nursing (including long term conditions, continence, end of life care and tissue viability)

Community Nursing Services provides nursing care within the community. Our aim is to help patients to remain healthy and independent for as long as possible, and to support high quality palliative and end of life care.

This includes routine planned care as well as urgent unscheduled care. We deliver care in people’s own homes for those who are housebound, and in GP practices, health centres and community hospital clinics for those who are mobile. All of our patients will be registered with a GP in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland and be at least 18 years of age.

Our staff work closely with GPs, community hospitals and larger hospitals. We aim to ensure that our patients are cared for in the most appropriate place by the most appropriate healthcare professional.

The care and treatment we provide includes:

• Wound management

• Care of patients with leg ulcers

• Catheter care

• Bowel care

• Eye drops for patients requiring surgery who have no support at home

• Intravenous therapy and the care of lines such as Hickman lines

• Injections

• Insulin administration and diabetes monitoring for patients who are unable to do this themselves

• Rehabilitation in conjunction with our therapists

• The provision of equipment

• Education – to help patients and carers to care for themselves

• Palliative and end-of-life care

Specialist nursing services include:

• Support and care for patients with long-term conditions such as respiratory conditions and heart failure

• Continence care

Palliative and end-of-life care

Tissue viability

How does our service work?

A registered nurse visits the housebound to assess health needs and agree a plan of care with the patient and their family. Our teams, led by district nurses, provide general care in people’s own homes and in community clinics. Patients with long-term conditions requiring specific expertise may be cared for by a specialist nurse or clinical lead nurse. Our unscheduled care nursing teams can provide care if patients have short-term illness or deterioration of an existing condition, allowing treatment at home to avoid admission to hospital wherever possible, or to minimise the length of stay when admission is unavoidable. They also provide short periods of rehabilitation at home to help patients regain maximum independence following an acute illness or injury. The teams are made up of nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Our palliative care (formerly Macmillan) clinical nurse specialist service and our Hospice at Home team support high quality palliative and end of life care including care in the last days of life.

Patient access points:

In the patient's own home, GP Practices, Health Centres and Community Hospital Clinics in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

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