District Nursing Service

District nurses are employed by ABMU Health Board to provide nursing care to patients and their relatives in their own home.


 

 

Contact Details

During Office hours
Direct line: (01639) 683025

Out of hours Between

5.30pm and 8.30am weekdays,
weekends and Bank holidays,
Hospital Switchboard (01639) 862000


Referrals to the service

Referrals are accepted from a variety of sources including:

  • Self referral
  • Hospitals -(local and regional)
  • General Practitioners
  • Other disciplines and agencies
  • Primary Health Care Team members
  • Carer’s/Family members

Referral Criteria

There is no waiting list for admission to the district nursing service and all patients are accepted providing that they are accessed as requiring nursing intervention. Patients may have acute or chronic medical or surgical conditions including:

  • Palliative Care
  • Terminal illness
  • Wound care
  • Ulcer and pressure area care
  • Administration of medication requiring injection
  • Health Promotion
  • Care advice and support

Patients with social needs only should contact the Port Talbot Gateway


Continuing Health Care

Patients who require increased nursing care can be assessed using the Neath Port Talbot Continuing Health Care Assessment Criteria. This is a multi-disciplinary assessment which District Nurses can facilitate. Decisions for the funding are made by the Local Health Board.


Equipment

District nurses are able to assess patients for equipment from a limited directory. Equipment is accessed via the Joint Equipment store in Neath and Port Talbot. The types of equipment available include:

  • Commodes
  • Walking frames
  • Hospital beds and pressure relieving mattresses
  • Suction devices
  • Syringe drivers

Health Promotion

District nurse are trained in health promotion and are able to assess and facilitate the health needs of the population. District nurses generally undertake health promotion on an individual basis usually within the patients home setting.


Nurse Prescribing

District nurses who have successfully undertaken an accredited nurse-prescribing module are able to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribing Formulary/BNF.