Community nurses provide nursing care and advice to the housebound and those recently discharged from hospital.
Messages maybe left and handed on to them by contacting the surgery on the appointment line.
Midwives are attached to the practice and are involved in all aspects of ante/post-natal care. Parentcraft and relaxation classes are held at Bedford Road Health Centre and may be booked through your midwife.
The Health Visitors' aim is to promote good health and prevent ill health. They are available to give advice where specific needs are identified within the individual, family or community, e.g. expectant mothers,children, the bereaved, elderly and those with special needs. Their telephone number is 01438 781356, 09:00 - 10:00 and 16:00 - 17:00. Messages may also be left on this number at other times and at the surgery.
Macmillan nurses visit and support patients with cancer, in their own homes.
What is a Macmillan nurse
Macmillan Cancer Support is a UK wide charity devoted to supporting people living with cancer.
There are almost 2000 Macmillan nurses. Most of them are based in the community and see patients at home but some work in hospitals or hospices .
Macmillan nurses are specially trained to help cancer patients and their carers in a number of ways. These include:
- Explaining the best way to control pain and other symptoms
advising patients about the different treatments available and
guiding them through those treatments, including helping with the control of side-effects
- Spending time with patients and their families to give emotional and psychological support
- Advising on ways of getting practical help
including advice on benefits and other financial matters.
Macmillan nurses are available to people at any time after a cancer has been discovered and are not just involved in the support of those who are terminally ill or dying. They often give invaluable support to people with curable cancer as they go through their treatment journey.
If you think you would like to see a Macmillan nurse then all you have to do is talk to your GP or your hospital medical team (either the doctors or the nurses) and they will arrange it for you.
Community Pyschiatric nurses
Community Psychiatric nurses can help with elderly confused patients and other mental health problems at home.