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Community Nurse Team

District Nurse Team Leader: Sister Jeanette Huish

Times to Contact:

WEEKDAYS, MONDAY – FRIDAY (08.00am – 06.00pm)
Telephone: 01929 550784

Telephone: 07789 271903

Telephone 07789 271903

We provide:

  • Nursing care to patients of all ages, in their own homes, who are housebound* and unable to travel to the Surgery due to serious illness or disability
  • Professional and confidential advice and support to patients, their families and carers to enable them to be as independent as possible
  • Skilled nursing care for acute, chronic, terminally ill patients and patients who are discharged from hospital with a nursing need
  • Help and advice through a period of illness and how to obtain assistance from other agencies eg benefits etc
  • Advice on all aspects of healthy living including smoke stop

Services which can be arranged via the District Nursing Team:

  • Nursing equipment
  • Twilight and Night Nursing Service for patients ill at home
  • Palliative Care Nursing Service
  • Promotion of continence service
  • Stoma Care Nurse
  • Diabetes Nurse Specialist

Other Services the District Nursing Team may contact for you:

Professional Services:

  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Health Visiting
  • Mental Health Services
  • Chiropody
  • Adult Services (Previously Social Services)
  • Day Centres and Day hospitals
  • Voluntary Services and National Support Groups

The District Nursing Team plays a vital role in patient care in the community, adapting to meet new challenges and taking on new responsibilities. It is our aim to provide you, the patient, with the best possible care.

The District Nursing Team in this area are employed by, and are responsible to, Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust. You or your family/carer can ask to see a member of the District Nursing Team direct or through your GP, Health Visitors or Social Services.


The District Nursing Team will accept referrals when the patient has a clear need for a complex assessment of health needs and/or nursing intervention and:

  • Is housebound – a housebound patient is one who is “unable to leave their home environment through a physical and/or psychological illness” (Oxford English Dictionary 1988). A patient is NOT housebound if they are able to leave their home environment with minimum assistance, i.e. they can undertake assisted visits to the doctor, dentists, hairdresser and shops, etc. Patients who are mobile but do not drive will be expected to attend the surgery via a taxi, bus or through the assistance of local voluntary services (if available).
  • Recovering from surgical intervention and is unable to travel.
  • Needs palliative and/or terminal care.
  • Has been, or is currently, undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy or other treatment during which travel would be undesirable or detrimental to the treatment or recovery of the individual.
  • Needs treatment which cannot be appropriately carried out in the surgery setting, for example, enemas/suppositories.

Health Visitors

  • Jan Morris
  • Sophy Clifford
  • Clare Ball

Health Visitors provide:

  • A high quality professional and confidential service Monday to Friday. They can provide group sessions to promote health, or give individual advice and counselling. They are also involved in local and national Health Campaigns.
  • support to new parents after the birth of their baby, and then throughout the formative years.
  • information about immunisation, infant feeding, development and safety as well as behaviour problems. etc.
  • advice to young people and adults to help them make healthy choices with regard to their lifestyle.

The Wareham Health Visitors can be contacted on 07384 241928. If they are out on their visits, you can leave a message and they will get back to you.

Midwife Clinics

Lucy Lillywhite is the midwife based at Wareham Surgery, and is part of the Purbeck Team of midwives. The Purbeck Team offers a range of services throughout your pregnancy and postnatally, including:

  • TENS machine
  • Birth ball and breast pump hire
  • Preparation for birth classes
  • Home births (if suitable)

Midwifery clinics at Wareham Surgery are on Tuesday afternoons 2pm – 5pm (telephone 01929 553444) and at the Children’s Centre (telephone 01929 552864) on Thursdays at 2pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm (appointments necessary for both clinics).

If you are pregnant, you can refer yourself to the Dorset Maternity Services, Maternity Matters where you can get further information and choose where you want to have your baby.

Community Matron

Community Matron: Jodi Nicol

The community matron is a senior nurse supporting people with long term conditions, mainly aged 65 and over. She/he is able to work closely with the patient and their doctor to plan and organise care. She/he is also able to co-ordinate support from other agencies, such as voluntary services, etc, thereby reducing visits to the doctor’s surgery or hospital. She/he can make sure you understand how your medicines help you.

People with long term conditions find themselves admitted to hospital because their symptoms have deteriorated. The Community Matron gets to know the patient and spots difficulties as they arise and makes sure the appropriate care and medication are provided.

Community Matrons have small caseloads to enable them to provide a comprehensive service. The caseload is determined in discussion with GPs and other health professionals.


The surgery no longer has a dedicated counselling service. Psychological therapies are provided by Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust via referral from the GP or self-referral. Self-referral forms are available in the waiting room, or click here to download.

Please click on the link to access the Steps to Wellbeing Service website, where patients are able to find information about the service and the ways in which they can refer themselves, including through a form on the website.

Podiatry (Chiropody)

This is available through referral by your doctor. There has to be a medical need e.g. diabetes, the service is not available solely for nail cutting. Once you have been referred to the podiatrist you will receive notification of your appointment by post. Podiatry Clinics are held at Wareham Hospital.  If you have queries about this service please ring the Podiatry Administration Team on 0300 303 8630.

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