Who is this service for?
Adults aged 18 and over who are registered with a GP in North Somerset.
What we do
Our team of nurses can provide intravenous (IV) therapy to people in their own home.
IV therapy is a slow ‘drip’ of medication into the vein over a set period of time, to deliver a constant amount of therapy. A needle is inserted into a vein and medication is administered through it. The needle is usually placed in a vein near the elbow, the wrist, or on the back of the hand. Different sites can be used if necessary.
If you are referred for IV therapy and meet the service criteria, a nurse will visit your home to provide the care and treatment you require. You will be given written and verbal information and advice, and help is available 24 hours a day.
The benefits of having IV therapy at home include:
- You will not have to stay in hospital
- You will stay independent and you may be able to return to work
- There is little travelling time or expense involved
- A nurse will review you at the time of treatment.
If you are not housebound and are well enough, you can attend our IV clinic based at North Somerset Community Hospital.
How do I access this service?
You need to be referred by a healthcare professional to access this service.
Cancelled / missed appointments
If you cannot make your appointment, we require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to reschedule your appointment. Please contact us on 01275 888400. You may be discharged if you miss any appointments without letting us know, or if you cancel appointments more than once. A discharge letter will be sent to your GP who can re-refer you if they feel this is appropriate.
Tel: 01275 888400
Monday to Sunday, 8:30am – 10:00pm.