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District Nursing

District Nurses work in partnership with General Practitoners (GPs), Hospitals, Health Visitors, Specialist Nurses and Social Services to deliver skilled patient-focused nursing care and support to individuals and their carers in a variety of non-hospital settings including patients’ homes, GP surgeries and residential homes.

District Nurses have traditionally offered their expertise in wound and leg ulcer management, palliative care and rehabilitation to patients with specific nursing needs. Their role is now expanding to develop their prescribing and physical assessment skills and the health education and management of patients living with chronic diseases in the community who are unable to attend their GP practice.

New initiatives such as intravenous therapies within the home are enabling patients to be discharged early from hospital and are also preventing unnecessary hospital admission. 

District nurses are committed to a future in which patients are not only helped through periods of ill health, but are also given advice and support to enable them to maintain and improve their general health and well being.

Who can access the service?

Everyone over the age of 18 years.

How do I access the service?

Referral can be made by anyone.

Where does the service take place?

In patients' homes.

Availability of service


District Nurse Service Hours of Service Evening/Out of hours 

Bexhill

Monday to Sunday - 8.00am to 5.00pm Evening service
Crowborough Monday to Sunday - 8.30am to 5.00pm Evening service
Eastbourne - Central Monday to Sunday - 8.30am to 4.30pm Evening service
Eastbourne - North Monday to Sunday - 8.30am to 4.30pm Evening service
Eastbourne - West Monday to Sunday - 8.30am to 4.30pm  Evening service
Hastings Monday to Sunday - 8.00am to 5.00pm  Evening service
Havens Monday to Sunday - 8.00am to 4.30pm  Evening and night service
Lewes Monday to Thursday  - 8.30am to 5.00pm
Friday - 8.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday to Sunday - 8.30am to 5.00pm
Evening and night service
Rural Rother Monday to Sunday - 8.00am to 5.00pm  Evening service
St. Leonards-on-Sea Monday to Sunday - 8.00am to 5.00pm  Evening service
Uckfield Monday to Sunday - 9.00am to 5.00pm Evening service
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