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Who is this service for?

The service is available to housebound individuals and temporarily housebound aged 18 and over who are registered with a GP surgery in Bristol. This includes people who live at home, in supported housing or in a residential home. Individuals who live in nursing homes are not eligible because their nursing care is already provided.

What we do

Community nursing teams provide a wide range of care and support to housebound and temporarily housebound individuals who are over 18. This includes:

  • Coordinating care for individuals with long-term conditions or complex health needs
  • Administering medication and supporting self-administration
  • Dressing and managing wounds
  • Providing Catheter Care in Clinics and within the individuals home
  • Providing Wound Care for housebound individuals after surgery
  • Supporting issues around continence
  • Caring at end of life

The team consists of healthcare professionals, including district nurses, community nurses, healthcare assistants, assistant practitioners, administrators and advanced clinical practitioners.

They provide short-term interventions or episodes of care for housebound and temporarily housebound individuals, who are over the age of 18, registered with a Bristol GP and have a nursing need. They work closely with GPs and other community health services to prevent admissions to hospital and care homes. They also work with individuals and their families and carers, to equip them with the skills and knowledge to manage their conditions independently at home.

The Community Nursing service is provided seven days a week and care in the evenings and overnight is provided by the Out of Hours nurses who provide care between 8pm and 8am.

How do I access this service?

To access this service you can be referred by your GP or another healthcare professional. For people who have been discharged from the service, they can self-re-refer or call for clinical advice by calling the Single Point of Access Team (SPA)

Individuals or carer please call Single Point of Access Team (SPA) on 0300 125 6789.

I’m a clinician – how do I make a referral to this service?

Referral information and other clinical guidance can be found on the CCG’s Remedy site:

Nursing Services – Bristol on Remedy

Service provided by Sirona

Community Nursing Team

Tel: 0300 125 6789

This phone line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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