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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 aged 0 – 16 years old (0 – 19 years old with special needs) who live within Bedfordshire and require skilled nursing support in their home.

The service is provided by a team of specialist trained children’s nurses with the appropriate knowledge, skills and expertise. The team support and provide 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 at home
  • Acting as advocate – for child and family, identifying Lead Professional in conjunction with family and other health care professionals
  • Acting as resource – for other health care professionals

 

Where our service is based    

Union Street Clinic
Union Street 
Bedford
MK40 2SF

How to contact our service

Telephone: 01234 310103

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

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0531 - Umbilical Granuloma - Sept 2019PDF1.19 MB27 May, 2020 Download
0683 - Administration of Intravenous Antibiotics in the CommunityPDF1.26 MB24 Feb, 2020 Download
0602 - Ongoing support following hospital carePDF1.12 MB07 Nov, 2019 Download
Teddy sleep study leaflet PDF530.93 KB07 Nov, 2019 Download
Older Child sleep study leafletPDF212.77 KB07 Nov, 2019 Download
0671 - Overnight Sleep StudyPDF1.25 MB07 Nov, 2019 Download
Bedfordshire children's community nursing general referral formDOCX76.67 KB21 Jun, 2019 Download
Bedfordshire children's community nursing service IV referral formDOCX85.67 KB21 Jun, 2019 Download
0575 - Sleep Study AppointmentPDF1.18 MB02 Aug, 2018 Download
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