Midwives care for and support pregnant women, their partners and babies before, during and after the birth. They monitor the health of the mother, counsel her on health issues and explain the options for delivery of the baby.
Their job also involves reassuring parents, running antenatal and parenting classes, taking care of the mother and baby during labour and birth and giving advice on breast feeding. If you think you may be pregnant, please request an appointment with the midwife.
Community Nurses – housebound patients only.
Please be aware the district nursing team is based at the Health Centre located on Bridewell Street.
If the doctor has requested a district nurse to visit you for any reason they will refer you. If you have any queries about this visit, please ring 01953 606201 and ask for the district nursing team.
District nurses assess, plan and manage the care of sick and disabled patients of all ages in the patient’s own home, general practices and residential nursing homes and also provide support for their carers.
Individual care is planned and advice on further help or services is given, including health education. Anyone at home can self-refer to this service. They have a close liaison with the hospital, GPs, local hospices and other specialised services.
They administer drugs, give injections, dress wounds, take blood samples and give personal care.
A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, young children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social wellbeing.