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New Community Nursing Facility to increase patient choice 30 October 2008

The Department of Health and Social Security Community Nursing Team have opened a new Treatment Room at Murrays Road Clinic. The new Treatment Room, which is run by district nurses for patients referred to them for care, offers a wide range of treatments including wound assessment, dressings and specified injections.

Hon Eddie Teare MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security said,

“This exciting new initiative offers District Nursing patients the option of a timed visit to see a qualified nurse in a clinic environment. Traditionally, the majority of patient contact with District Nurses was conducted in the patient’s home, but now we have a specialist Treatment Room which will enable patients to have a choice as to where they access care, whilst also enabling district nurses to treat more patients.”

Fiona Quilleash, Service Manager for District Nursing said,

“Earlier discharge from hospital has increased demand for health care in the community and the introduction of this Treatment Room will provide patients with more choice, both in the timing and location of their treatment.”

Cath Quilliam, Director of Community Nursing said,

“We are committed to seeking the views of the patients and the public in the development of services. This initiative is a direct response to patients who have requested opportunities for timed visits from the district nursing service and I’m sure the new Treatment Room will be very well utilised.”

The development of the Treatment Room builds on the emerging Community Nursing Strategy, with its emphasis on patient involvement and new flexible ways of delivering care.

The facility is open 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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