Bury nurses help nearly 1,000 children avoid hospital

Children’s nurses in Bury are helping to ease pressure on hospital services by providing community care closer to people’s homes.

Our Bury Children’s Community Nursing Team (CCNT) provides care to children and young people who have an acute or long-term condition, complex health needs or who need palliative care.  Between September and December 2017, they cared for 928 children.

The team aims to prevent an avoidable hospital admission for children aged from birth to 16years (or up to 19 years if they are under the care of a doctor).

Thanks to the nurses, Elizabeth Brooks, 15, from Ramsbottom avoided a hospital stay and was able to sit her GCSE mock exams,

Elizabeth was initially referred to the nursing team for wound care in June 2017 and the nurses visited her daily for several weeks.  In November 2017, Elizabeth had surgery and was again supported by the nurses to recover.  The team has also provided care to Elizabeth’s brother Bernard, who has asthma.

Edmund Brooks, Elizabeth’s father, said: “I’d like to thank the nurses for the outstanding care they provided to my daughter Elizabeth and son Bernard.

“During December, the nurses even visited during the bad weather; walking in winter darkness up a steep hill as the road to our home was blocked. Thanks to the nurses’ support, Elizabeth is well on her way to recovery.  They have been so reassuring to our family.

“We are immensely grateful to the team and they should be proud of their dedication, expertise and competency.”

Claire O’Connor is a Pediatric Team Leader within the CCNT.  She said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to support Elizabeth’s and Bernard’s recovery.  It’s great to hear that Elizabeth is almost back to full health and I’m pleased the family felt reassured about the care we provided.

“Providing high quality community-based care is important all year around.  It’s even more important during the winter months when hospitals and urgent care services are under such immense pressure. 

“Feedback tells us that people much prefer to stay at home and it can also help them to recover more quickly.  We love working with children, young people.  Making a positive difference to people’s lives is what we come to work for, so it’s great to hear positive stories like this.”

For more information about the Bury CCNT, people can visit www.penninecare.nhs.uk/buryccnt 

The Bury CCNT is just one of the services we provide that helps people to stay out of hospital this winter.  We've also provided some top tips on how you can look after yourself and your loved ones during the cold weather. Click here for more information.