Children's community nursing

Service information

The children's community nursing team are a team of children's nurses who provide nursing care to children with nursing needs in order to reduce attendance and admissions to hospital, and expediate hospital discharge. 

What does the children's community nursing service do?

  

The nurses provide hands on clinical care eg blood tests, giving chemotherapy, passing nasogastric feeding tubes, giving intravenous antibiotics, monitoring oxygen etc. Also by teaching and supporting parents and other care givers, such as extended family, school staff.  Support also includes the ordering and supplying of equipment necessary for the child, and liaising closely with other professionals involved with the child and family.  Some children are on our caseload for just a few days or weeks, whilst others will be known to the team over a number of years. Visits are tailored to the child and family's needs. Sometimes an additional package of support is required, for which children and families would be assessed, and an additional care package may be provided, for example night carers. 

 

We have our own team of care workers providing parents with short breaks in their own homes, as well as a community play specialist who helps to support children to cope with nursing interventions, for example those who are fearful of needles. The team will also provide a 24/7 service for end of life care if the child's choice for place of death is their home, working closely with our Palliative Care Nurse Specialist. Part of our palliative care service is the provision of a play and bereavement service, which is provided by a Play Specialist who visits children at home who have life limiting or life threatening conditions, as well as their siblings, offering pre and post bereavement support.

  

Who works in the team?

  

We have our own team of care workers providing parents with short breaks in their own homes, as well as a community play specialist who helps to support children to cope with nursing interventions, for example those who are fearful of needles. The team will also provide a 24/7 service for end of life care if the child's choice for place of death is their home, working closely with our Palliative Care Nurse Specialist. Part of our palliative care service is the provision of a play and bereavement service, which is provided by a Play Specialist who visits children at home who have life limiting or life threatening conditions, as well as their siblings, offering pre and post bereavement support.

  
 

Referrers

Any health care professional eg GP, health visitor, hospital; any other professional eg social worker, teacher, respite provider. If you a parent and want to refer, you  (although we would need a healthcare provider to confirm need)

 

Inclusion/exclusion criteria

Inclusion:0 - 18 years with a nursing need, and living in one of the 3 boroughs.

Exclusion:over 18 years

 

Contact details

  
Referrer contact details 
Phone: 0207 266 8840
Email: CLCHT.CCNTeam@nhs.net

Locations and opening hours (only include locations where patients area seen)
Service Hours are 8.30 - 5 pm Monday to Friday; 9 - 5pm weekends and bank holidays; the team also provide 24 hours on call care for end of life care at home. Service operates 365 days a year.

Children are mostly seen at home; sometimes at school or nursery.
The teaam is based at The Medical Centre, Woodfield Road, W9 3XZ and sometimes children may be seen at this location.
  
 
 
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