Updates on Community Nursing Services

March 30

In response to the Covid-19 situation, and the social distancing measures which the Scottish Government has put in place, we have reviewed the services provided through Community Nursing services. 

From today the following services are being provided via the Community Nursing service:

Introduction of a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week District Nursing service

The District Nursing service has commenced a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week shift service from today, Monday, March 30.

Individuals who need to access the District Nursing service can do this via the health centres during normal working hours (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) and out-of-hours by contacting NHS24 on 111.

The District Nursing service also supports individuals and carers in care centre setting as well as some resident at home.

Some practice nurses have joined the District Nursing service to help support the provision of a 24/7 shift-based nursing in the home setting service at this time.

Intermediate Care Team

The Intermediate Care Team is working as normal.

General Practice Nursing

A reduced Practice Nursing service is in place. Telephone triage and some appointments will be available at all practices but this will be more limited than normal. The Practice Nursing service will continue to provide:

  • Immunisations (childhood and adult)
  • Depot injections for mental health patients
  • Dressings
  • B12 injections
  • Prostap injection
  • Nebido
  • Decapeptyl injections
  • Warfarin monitoring
  • Lithium monitoring
  • DMARD monitoring
  • Biologics & pre-chemotherapy blood sampling (as requested)

Routine appointments, for example, Long Term Conditions Annual Reviews have all been postponed. Anyone with a long term condition who becomes unwell during this time should contact their health centre and appropriate arrangements will be made for their follow up.

The national cervical cytology programme is currently suspended and therefore no new smear tests will be carried out at this time.

If you are unsure as to whether your pre-booked appointment will still proceed please contact your health centre.

Travel Health Service

The Travel Health Assessment service is suspended. It is anticipated that the service will re-commence in August . For up-to-date information, please check the Travel Health section on the NHS Board website.

More information will be forthcoming should there be changes to the service.