Some children have more complex medical needs and we can support them through our children’s community nursing service. This is a specialist team of children’s nurses and child health carers who work with children and young people aged 0 – 18 years living in Northumberland and North Tyneside.
The service can be involved at different times throughout a child or young person’s life, for example following a hospital admission, during a period of illness or when a course of treatment is needed.
The nature and length of a child’s care will depend on their specific needs and support from the service may be anything from a few days to several months or until the young person reaches adulthood and is then supported by to adult services.
Your child’s care
Your child may see a children’s nurse and child health carer. We provide nursing care, advice and support to children, young people and their families at home and in a variety of community settings. We can support children who need, or have:
- naso-gastric tube feeding
- a gastrostomy
- a tracheostomy
- oxygen dependent infants and children
- administration of intravenous antibiotics, intra muscular or subcutaneous injections
- management of complex wounds
- technology dependency
We also provide advice, support and training to other agencies and services to enable them to meet the health needs of your child or young person. This includes children and young people with special educational needs and we contribute to their Educational Health Care plans to ensure their health needs are met.
Access to the service
Anyone involved with a child or young person’s care (including a parent or carer), where the child has a complex health need, can refer the child on to the service.
Following referral, a children’s community nurse will contact you to arrange a convenient appointment to assess your child’s nursing needs. A care plan specific to them will be agreed, where possible, with your child and yourself as their parent or carer. This plan will be reviewed and changed as required.
If you would like to refer your child into the service please contact us on: 01670 564070 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm weekends and bank holidays.