District Nursing

Our District Nurses work as part of larger community teams that together provide holistic assessment, planning and care for people with a range of health and social care needs. The larger multi-disciplinary teams are called Community Hubs. In mid Surrey there are three which cover the Epsom & Leatherhead area, the Dorking area, and the East Elmbridge area.  In north west Surrey there are also three and they cover the Woking area, the Runnymede and Spelthorne area and the Staines area.

District Nurses are specialist practitioners who work with housebound patients and their families with acute, complex and end-of-life needs to maximise their health and wellbeing. ​

"The District Nurses who came to dress the wound following my husband's operation were wonderful, helpful and very friendly...We can't thank you enough and I'm sure his recovery was enhanced by their care."

Patient's wife

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The District Nursing Service is committed to providing compassionate, equitable and accessible care to its housebound patients. This is achieved by working closely with GPs, social services, hospitals, community matrons, specialist nurses, therapists, hospices and voluntary agencies. The teams treat patients in their own homes, preventing avoidable hospital admissions and supporting early hospital discharges.

The District Nurses work within larger multi-disciplinary health and social care teams called Community Hubs, who together aim to provide a highly integrated service for patients. Each Community Hub team can draw on the following expertise and services - so patient care is coordinated and managed between different services:

  • Dedicated GPs who are part of local Community Medical Teams
  • District Nurses and Community Staff Nurses
  • Community Matron
  • Mental Health Practitioner
  • End of life care (via CSH Surrey’s Community and Hospice Home Nursing Service, CHNNS)
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Rapid Response Team to support unplanned care
  • Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists to support rehabilitation (via the Domi Physio and IRS services)
  • Dietitian
  • Pharmacist
  • Social Care Practitioner
  • Twilight Nursing (6.30-11.30pm).

Through the Community Hub Teams, patients benefit from:

  • Improved coordination, communication and support between services and settings, eg hospital and home
  • Single holistic assessments rather than being repeatedly assessed by different teams
  • Proactive and planned care to help avoid unnecessary hospital admissions
  • Greater information and access to support to help self-manage conditions
  • Rapid support if they require unplanned care including access for Epsom patients to the Epsom CADU (Community Assessment and Diagnostic Unit).

Tissue Viability

CSH Surrey's Tissue Viability service provides expert advice for the nursing and therapy teams employed by CSH Surrey. Our specialist nurse - an experienced, qualified nurse who has undertaken specialist training in the assessment and management of complex wounds - provides assessment, treatment, advice, education and training on leg ulcers, pressure area care and complex wounds.

In addition, CSH Surrey runs training days throughout the year for external healthcare professionals (qualified and unqualified) on a range of issues such as wound care and compression bandaging.