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The District Nursing service is a community based service providing skilled nursing care to adult patients over the age of 18 in their own homes, in residential homes or in a clinic setting. These patients are primarily housebound and may be expected to attend a doctor’s surgery as they recover.

The service operates 365 days a year, and is open between the hours of 8.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Twilight nurses cover between the hours of 7.00 pm and midnight.

District Nurses, who are attached to a GP surgery, work as part of an integrated health and social care team. They work closely with families, carers and other professionals from the NHS, private and voluntary sectors to optimise the care that patients receive, including palliative care provision.

The service supports and encourages people with a disability or long term condition to live independent lives, providing a range of services and treatments to enable individuals to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, and to facilitate early discharge where hospitalisation is necessary. District Nurses also provide End of Life care.

Since 2004, our District Nurses have been working in integrated teams with Social Services staff from the Royal Borough of Kingston, leading to more effective working relationships and improved communication in relation to patient care.

There are currently two Locality teams covering New Malden/Kingston and Surbiton/Chessington. These are made up of Community Matrons, District Nurses, Community Staff Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Social Workers, Care Management Officers, Home Care Assessors and Admin. Officers.

The two District Nursing Teams are:

The North Locality Team covering Kingston/New Malden:
Hawks Road Clinic, Hawks Road, Kingston upon Thames (Tel: 020 8255 1300)

The South Locality Team coveirng Surbiton/ Chessington:
Hollyfield House, 22 Hollyfield Road, Surbiton, KT5 9AL (Tel: 020 8339 1300)

The Twilight District Nursing Team, currently managed as part as part of the Intermediate Care Service, provides a range of nursing and therapeutic interventions to housebound patients in their own homes or within local residential homes . The team plays a key role in the care of patients with palliative care needs and those with long term conditions and currently operates between the hours of 7pm and midnight. The operational hours of the service are currently under review in order to further improve and develop a service that meets the needs of the population.

Referrals to the Twilight Nursing Team can be made via telephone between the hours of 9am and 5pm, 7 days a week and via the Out of Hours G/P service between the hours of 7pm and 11pm. The telephone number for referrals is 020 8274 7088.

All teams work in partnership with Community Care Services, the Voluntary Sector (such as Age Concern Kingston), Kingston Hospital and Primary Care Services to ensure seamless care for patients.

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