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'Community Nurses'

Community nursing is a branch of the nursing profession that offers comprehensive nursing services to people living in the community. Community nurses work with GPs, social workers, health professionals such as occupational therapists, chiropodists, physiotherapists and speech therapists, and appropriate voluntary organisations. They work in a variety of settings including peoples own homes, health centres, GP surgeries, schools and the workplace.

Community nurses include:

  • district nurses

  • health visitors

  • practice nurses

  • school nurses

  • community psychiatric nurses

  • occupational health nurses

  • specialist nurses, such as diabetic and stoma care nurses

They have all completed further training as well as their basic nursing qualification in nursing. You may find it easier to ask for advice from your community nurse in your home than in the doctors surgery. There are male and female community nurses, as well as nurses from ethnic minorities who can offer particular expertise.

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