Community Nurses

We work closely with other healthcare professionals who are part of our Primary Health Care Team working in the community, such as the district nursing team, midwives and health visitors.  These services are provided by the Dorset Primary Care Trust (PCT) and are based at Portesham surgery.
If you have an illness or incapacity that means that you need short-term nursing care in your own home, one of the district nurses will visit you.  Patients who are likely to benefit from this service include the housebound, the elderly, people with a terminal illness, and those who have recently been discharged from hospital.  Community nurses provide wound care, palliative care, continence advice, health promotion advice and advice on co-ordinating longer-term care packages.
If you move permanently into a care home locally, the district nurse may be able to continue your care, and our GPs will continue to look after your health provided the care home is within our practice area.
To contact the community nursing team in the first instance, talk to one of our receptionists.
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