District Nurses are an important part of the Primary Health Care Team and work closely with doctors, practice nurses and other health and social care staff.
Each GP practice is linked to a District Nursing Team, which consists of fully-trained nurses who have had additional training in community nursing. They provide a home nursing service to housebound people living at home or in residential care and also run health-centre based clinics providing a variety of services to ambulant patients.
The Royton District Nurses are based in the new Royton Health and Wellbeing Centre and operate a treatment room on the first floor of the Health Centre, close to the dentist.
The service is by appointment only but is open-access in the sense that patients can book appointments directly rather than via the doctor or other agency.
Patients visiting the District Nurse should report at the first floor reception, next to the dentist reception.
To book appointments patients should ring: 0300 3230464
A District Nurse should be available to answer the telephone during the following times:
Monday – Friday
08:30 – 09:00
12:00 – 12:30
16:00 – 17:00
At other times, including 08:30 – 17:00 Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, an answerphone service is available. Messages can be left and one of the District Nurses will check the answerphone from time to time and reply to messages.
For the evening and overnight period, 7 days per week, between 17:00 and 07:00 the next morning, and at all times on Bank Holidays, urgent District Nursing services are provided via GotoDoc at The Integrated Care Centre (ICC), New Radcliffe Street (Adjacent to bus station), Oldham.
The telephone number for this service is: 0161 621 3524
The following are examples of health care usually provided by District Nurses:
- Dressings and wound care (including post-operative care)
- Leg ulcers and pressure area care
- Care of the terminally ill
- Support for carers
- Continence advice, catheter care and bowel care
- Ear syringing
- Taking blood samples and administering injections and, in some circumstances, certain other medications
- Health promotion and nutritional advice including care of internal feeding systems
- Links to other services including the ordering of special equipment for the home in patients under treatment