South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust provides a District Nursing service in South Tyneside and Sunderland, predominantly to housebound patients, but also can provide clinic care in GP settings.
The District nursing Teams are led by a qualified District Nurse (i.e. a registered nurse with additional qualifications) and teams include registered nurses (staff nurse) and Health Care Assistants. The District nurse teams operate a Single Point of Triage for all referrals that are made into the service to ensure the patient receives the right care from the right nurse at the right time.
The District nursing service provides both planned and unplanned care for people with acute/chronic/palliative conditions, predominantly for the adult population.
The service aims to encourage patients and carers to be involved in the care the service delivers and works in partnership with other agencies to enable the patient to remain in their home whenever possible.