A HARDWORKING team of nurses have enjoyed a busy 2016.
In a newsletter sent out by the North Wales health board, the exploits of the Community Nursing Team that covers the Blaenau Ffestiniog area have been acknowledged.
The Community Nursing Team that covers the Blaenau Ffestiniog area consists of a team leader, district nurse caseload manager, community staff nurses, a generic worker and health care support workers.
This group will be based in the new centre ‘Canolfan Goffa Ffestiniog’ in an integrated office with the Meirionnydd locality team from Gwynedd Social Services.
This will improve communications and help embed a new approach in terms of assessing people jointly to see ‘what matters’ to them.
As well as the district nursing team, there is a Community Advanced Nurse Practitioner who has seen 114 patients for unscheduled / enhanced care since January 2016.
This has been to assess and provide medication to prevent further escalation of their condition.
She currently has 40 patients on her caseload and uses Telehealth to avoid hospital admissions.
The community advanced nurse practitioner is an independent prescriber, which means that she can issue prescription medication for her patients.
The community nursing team has a wide variety of skills and knowledge that cover specialities such as medicine, surgical, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and palliative care. They have been trained to carry out specialist procedures which include IV drug administration, catheterisation, taking blood, wound care, pressure ulcer care, continence assessment and care, Lymphoedema bandaging, compression bandaging, administration of medication, injections, removal of chemotherapy pumps, ear irrigation, blood glucose monitoring, physiological measurements such as temperature, pulse, blood pressure and much more.
Read the full story in this Thursday’s Meirionnydd edition of the Cambrian News