Adult community / district nursing
Pennine Care provides Adult Community and District Nursing services across three boroughs of Greater Manchester:
The structure of the teams is slightly different in each area but many aspects of the service are the same.
What does a community/district nurse do?
In simple terms, adult community nurses/district nurses provide care to people outside of hospital. That may be in a community setting, such as a health centre, or in the patient’s own home, depending on their needs.
By offering professional advice, support and skilled nursing care to people in the community, the District Nursing service helps ensure people receive their care closer to home and can live as independently as possible.
“It’s a privilege to be able to care for people in the comfort of their own home” – Natalie Austin, District Nurse in Oldham South
The service keeps people out of hospital, by providing community-based care that prevents people from being admitted in the first place or supports patients to be discharged as soon as they are well enough.
Most nurses working in the community would agree that no two days are the same but typical tasks carried out by a Community Nurse may include caring for someone at the end of their life, dressing and looking after wounds, and catheter care.
Here’s Keighley, from our Oldham team, giving an insight into her working day:
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