There is a team of district nurses who work alongside the GPs and surgery staff. They provide skilled nursing care and advice, when requested, to patients, relatives and carers. Unlike the practice nurses their services are focussed on people who are housebound and includes care as diverse as minor dressings to care of the terminally ill at home. The nurses also work in co-operation with other health care agencies.
They can be contacted directly on 01323 446987.
Health visitors are qualified nurses with special training and experience in child health, health promotion and education. They offer practical support and advice in a host of diverse situations. Many people think that health visitors only visit new babies and their families at home. This is not the complete picture. Health visitors aim to promote the health of the whole community.
The team can be contacted on 01435 865811 and they also run a clinic in Herstmonceux Village Hall between 9.30am and 10.30am on the first Wednesday each month.
Proactive Care Practitioner
Michelle Harmer is working as a proactive care practitioner who will be working closely with the Health Centre alongside other health care, community and voluntary services to support individuals from a health and total wellbeing perspective. Aiming to aid those with long term conditions who may feel isolated or disengaged to feel more motivated and supported whilst assessing their health needs.
"Since Qualifying from the University of East Anglia, I have worked in varying areas of health care across the country. Settling in London I worked for St Thomas’ on a specialist respiratory unit and supported their outreach programme, before moving onto work at Trinity hospice to specialise in palliative care and support the development of their community team.
Since moving to East Sussex in 2008 I have worked as a community nurse, providing varying levels of nursing care and support for the house bound patients.”