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Guy's and St Thomas' update us on plans for district nursing in 2017

​​​At the beginning of a new year thoughts turn to our priorities for district nursing over the next twelve months.

 We begin 2017 with several initiatives to help us work more closely with our GP colleagues. We hope you are finding the duty telephone numbers for each district nursing team helpful. This, alongside the existing duty nurse triage system, means that GPs have clearer lines of contact through to nurse leads and managers.

Early this year we will begin providing discharge summaries to GPs when patients complete their care with us. Our teams care for more than 900 patients with long-term conditions so we will be providing you with monthly updates on their progress. We are currently in the process of improving discharge letters so we meet their needs.

In order to make the best use of nursing time we are also asking GPs to check the criteria carefully before making a referral to the service. This will ensure that we are able to provide safe and effective care to all of our patients.

 We are also finding new ways to support our staff to provide the best service through technology. Two of our teams have trialled iPads which mean that staff can note take and email whilst out on home visits thereby increasing efficiency and saving time. We are planning to roll this out across all teams in 2017. 

 This year the Local Care Record will be available to more staff so they can view GP and hospital records. This will have positive benefits in terms of information access and sharing across different healthcare providers and we hope to extend access even further during the early part of this year.

To find out more about our plans please contact Anita Macro, Deputy Head of District Nursing at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, email