District nursing services

District nursing services support patients who are housebound by providing nursing care in their own homes and/or other community settings.

Services work in partnership with specialist community nursing and therapy services, patients, carers, general practitioners (GPs) and other social care teams to provide high-quality nursing care and advice.

The service offers professional advice, support, teaching and skilled nursing care to enable people to live as independently as possible with an acute or chronic illness/disability who have a nursing need

District nurses assess the healthcare needs of patients and families, monitor the quality of care that they receive and are professionally accountable for delivery of care. They develop tailored packages of nursing care.

The service also works to keep hospital admissions or readmissions to a minimum, and aids in the safe early discharge of patients from hospital into the community, wherever possible.

District nurses also teach patients to care for themselves, and teach family members how to give care to their relatives.

Eligibility criteria and referrals

Eligibility criteria and referrals vary according to location. For details, choose a service from the list below the map.