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Housebound & Older People

District Nurses

District Nurses carry out many roles for housebound and older patients, including:

  • General nursing procedures and investigations
  • Post-surgery care
  • Assessment of patients’ needs
  • Care for terminally ill patients
  • Loaning of equipment
  • Looking after wounds and leg ulcers
  • Educating patients about self-care

Who are we?

The Lewisham District Nursing Service provides  skilled nursing care for people who are temporarily or permanently housebound.  We do this in people’s own homes and in residential care homes, providing care 365 days a year from 9.00am to 10.30pm.

The Lewisham District Nursing teams are led by a Neighbourhood Nurse Lead who is a registered nurse with additional specialist district nurse training. Within the team there are Community Nursing Sisters, Community Staff Nurses, Primary Care Assistant Practitioners, Health Care Assistants and an administrator.

All the nurses work closely with GPs, social services and specialist teams, such as tissue viability and continence nurses.