District Nursing

Main Address

  • Whittington Health
  • 020 7288 3555 ( 24 hour message taking service)

Hours

  • 24 hours


The District Nursing Service work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Our district nursing service provides 24-hour expert care to housebound adults over the age of 16 across Haringey and Islington.
Housebound
Patients who use our service are individually assessed so that a tailored visiting plan can be developed to meet their specific needs. As part of this plan we actively promote and support patients and carers to take responsibility for managing their own care, which helps to reduce unplanned admissions to hospital.
We work closely with our health and social care colleagues - including carers, GPs, practice nurses, care homes, clinical nurse specialists, palliative care, hospices, social workers, dietitians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists - to make sure our patients receive the right care in the right place.

Range of services

We offer a wide range of services to housebound patients including:
  • Assessment and ordering of equipment to enable care in the home
  • Bladder and continence assessment
  • Blood tests
  • Bowel care
  • Catheter care including recatherisation
  • Chemotherapy management
  • Complex wound assessment and management
  • Continuing care assessments
  • Controlled drug administration
  • End of life care
  • Healthy living advice
  • IV antibiotics
  • Leg ulcer clinics
  • Long-term condition management
  • Lymphoedema management
  • Medication management
  • Mental capacity assessments
  • Nutritional advice
  • PEG care
  • Pleurex drainage
  • Pressure area care
  • Pressure ulcer management
  • Self management support
  • Support for carers and family
  • Symptom control
  • Vacuum pump dressings
  • Vitamin B12 injections
  • Wound care - ambulatory catheter clinics

Objectives

How can we help patients and carers?

  • Co-ordinate care in the place the patient lives
  • Ongoing nursing care to aid recovery from illness and operations
  • Assessment for equipment to promote and maintain independence
  • Advice on how to live more healthily and manage long term conditions
  • Care for patients with long term illnesses
  • Expert specialist care when people are at the end of life
  • Referral to other specialist services as necessary
  • Work with people and other community services to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions
  • Work with patients and families to prevent pressure ulcers and manage any pressure ulcers that patients have on referral to the service
  • Client Group

    To be eligible for district nursing care, patients need to be aged 16 year and over and housebound (that is they are unable to travel to their GP practice for nursing care).

    Referral

    How to Make a Referral

    All Referral Forms should be forwarded to the Central Booking Service:

    Islington referrals - arti.centralbooking@nhs.net
    Telephone - 020 3316 1600 or 020 3316 1111

    Please note that the phlebotomists in the District Nursing Service in Haringey have their own referral form:

    Out Of Hours Referrals should be made by contacting

    District Nursing Message Taking Service on 020 7288 3555.

    Contact

    Telephone the District Nursing Message Taking Service on 020 7288 3555 (24 hours).

    Further Information

    The District Nursing Messaging service telephone is answered by a member of the administration team who will establish basic details and pass the query to the District Nursing Team.