District Nursing Out of Hours

The District Nursing Service at DHU operates from 6pm-8am in Derbyshire County and 10pm-8am in Derby City 7 days a week. We employ Community Nursing Sisters, Community Staff Nurses and trained Health Care Assistants. We have a number of bases across the county (Buxton, Matlock, Chesterfield and Derby) with nurses going out to visit housebound patients in their own homes. The nurses always travel in fully equipped company vehicles. Our minimum requirement is that each vehicle is manned by at least 1 Registered Community Nurse and 1 trained Health Care Assistant.

The out of hours District Nursing service provides skilled, flexible nursing care to meet the needs of individuals and carers in the community. The service is delivered in a caring and non-judgmental manner in agreement with the individual and carer, taking into account their physical, social, psychological, cultural and ethnic requirements.

The out of hours service will provide both planned and unplanned care to patients in their own homes in partnership with the day time Community Teams (from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS FT). Our aim is to provide high quality nursing care, in the most appropriate setting to reduce hospital admissions, provide nursing care in the patients’  preferred location, promote quality of life, facilitate early discharges and participate in complex packages of care.