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Children’s community nursing, Bedfordshire

What we do

The children’s community nursing (CCN) team provides a range of services to support children and young people aged 0 – 18years old who live within North and North Mid-Bedfordshire and have a clinical nursing need.

We are a team of experienced Children’s Nurses and Clinical Support Workers.  We provide support and specialist training for families to enable them to care for their sick child within their own home and promote high quality family centred care. The team can also support children and young people in attending school or nursery by training carers, where appropriate.

The service provides:

  • Skilled care – if a child or young person requires a specific identified procedure, for example intravenous, subcutaneous, intramuscular medication. Other examples include wound care, post-surgery and orthopaedic care
  • Symptom control management – if the child or young person requires a period of regular assessment and monitoring of symptoms, for example pain control in children requiring palliative care, exacerbation of chronic conditions such as eczema and constipation. The team also support oxygen dependent babies and children with complex healthcare needs
  • Education – if the family or carer requires training to enable them to continue providing support and on-going care, for example enteral feeding, suctioning, oxygen therapy, tracheostomy care and administration of medication
  • Nursing procedures – that can be safely undertaken in the community
  • Acting as advocate – for child and family, identifying Lead Professional in conjunction with family and other health care professionals
  • Acting as resource – for other professionals


Where our service is based    

Monday – Friday Union Street Clinic, Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SF

Weekend and Bank Holidays Child Development Centre (CDC), Hill Rise, Kempston, MK42 7EB

Shefford Clinic (alternate Fridays): Shefford Health Centre. Robert Lucas Drive, SG17 5FS


How to contact our service

Telephone: 0300 790 6893

Hours of operation:  7 days per week: 9am - 5pm

How to refer into the service

Referral is preferred from a health professional using the service referral form but we are happy to discuss options to find the right place of care for a child’s clinical need with their parent/carer,

Managing Minor Illnesses

For information, help and advice on managing minor illnesses, click on the link below for advice sheets.

Managing Minor Illnesses - Advice Sheets.

Additional Links and Information

Community equipment and wheelchair services are provided by the following organisations:

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
FINAL Beds CCN Service Leaflet 2023PDF1.28 MB27 Feb, 2024 Download
I need a sleep study social story 2023DOCX296.41 KB27 Feb, 2024 Download
CCN Referral form Feb23DOC240.50 KB27 Feb, 2024 Download
0671 - Overnight Sleep StudyPDF1.06 MB07 Nov, 2019 Download
0683 - Administration of Intravenous Antibiotics in the CommunityPDF1.26 MB24 Feb, 2020 Download
Teddy sleep study leaflet PDF530.93 KB07 Nov, 2019 Download
Older Child sleep study leafletPDF212.77 KB07 Nov, 2019 Download
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The staff are wonderful; the receptionists were polite and efficient, the nurses I have seen, were incredible.