The phones could also help ensure the safety of district nurses
- who, like other community-based health staff, are classed as lone workers.
QNI director Rosemary Cook said: "This was about celebrating what district nurses
have done over the 150 years, and how important they are in helping people who want to be treated in their homes.
In 1948 the NHS was launched and employment of district nurses
was taken up by local authorities.
As well as providing patient care, district nurses
also have a teaching role, working with patients to enable them to care for themselves or with family members teaching them how to give care to their relatives.
I feel my wife was discharged from the hospital far too early after being treated in critical care, and it seems the transfer of information to the receiving GP and district nurses
She said: "Ideally community and district nurses
should be working a 37.
In many areas, we know that while the number of district nurses
has diminished, their workload is greater, as more patients with complex needs are being cared for in the community.
do not work alone and I work with several teams made up of GPs, social workers, occupational therapists.
A rich picture of the valuable work being done by district nurses
in every nook and cranny of the country is gradually being built, thanks to the Ministry of Health-supported district nursing research project.
SCORES of district nurses
will celebrate their profession's 150th anniversary at an event in Liverpool today.
But she resigned after her employer, Kirklees Community Healthcare Services, which is part of the NHS Kirklees health trust, told all district nurses
they would have to transport clinical waste themselves.
A NEW clinic in Blyth run by district nurses
has treated more than 1,500 patients since it opened at the beginning of the year.