Practice Nurse, Community Nursing Team, and Pharmacies
Most GP surgeries have a practice nurse, although their role may differ from surgery to surgery. They are often involved in routine health checks and general nursing care. You
can talk to the Practice Nurse if you have any concerns or require more information about any aspect of health care.
Community Nursing Team
The Community Nursing Team and District Nurses can provide information, advice and training on various aspects of caring for someone: general skin care and turning, medicines, dressings, continence, catheter care, and provision of equipment. District Nurses provide high quality skilled nursing assessment, care, and advice and health promotion to people who cannot reasonably leave their own homes. They are on duty 7 days a week and their services are available to patients who:
Are unable to travel to the surgery/hospital due to serious illness or disability
Are recovering from surgery and are unable to travel
Have undergone chemotherapy/radiotherapy (or other treatments) and travel would be detrimental to their recovery.
Require treatment it would be inappropriate to carry out in the surgery e.g.: bowel care.
Evening and night-time district nursing is covered by the Community Night and Twilight Nursing Service and is based on assessment. Access to community nursing teams is via your GP. Information also available via the following websites:
www.bp.nhs.uk - Bournemouth & Poole
www.dorset.nhs.uk – wider Dorset areas
The Pharmacist at your local chemist is a trained professional qualified to advise on all aspects of medication. Your local pharmacy may be able to help you in your caring role by:
Collecting repeat prescriptions for the person you care for from your GP surgery, allowing you to just visit the pharmacy without having to visit the surgery first.
Giving advice on the side effects of medicine, the best time to take them and how they should be stored.
Giving advice and information on your own health or medical concerns.
Delivering your prescription to your door.