A number of transport strikes are due to take place in November and December. If you or your child has an appointment at one of our hospitals or community centres, please plan ahead and do all you can to attend. If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact your clinical team.

Nurses' strike action will take place on 15 and 20 December. Our emergency and time critical services will be open. We'll let you know if your appointment is affected.

Community nursing team home visits

If your child is referred to our service during a stay in hospital, a member of our team will try to visit you on the ward before you go home. If this is not possible we will contact you by phone.

As our team will be visiting your child at home, we may need to call you to ask for directions.

What happens at a home visit?

We will ask how your child is feeling and if you have any concerns. We may do some observations like taking your child's temperature, pulse, blood pressure and checking respirations or number of breaths per minute.

We can give advice on how to manage your child’s illness, make sure they are drinking enough and support with medications like inhalers.

We will also give intravenous antibiotics if they have been prescribed by the doctor. This means giving them directly into the blood stream via a vein.

You will be given contact details for the team so you can contact them with any questions or concerns.

When will they visit?

If your child is being cared for by the hospital at home team, we visit from 8am-10pm. We can visit up to three times per day depending on your child’s needs.

If your child is being cared for by the community nursing team, we visit from 8am-6pm.

What happens afterwards?

If your child has been under the care of the hospital at home team, we will let your child's GP know we have been visiting and pass on information about the care your child has received. If you have been referred to the community team because we feel your child needs care for longer then they will be in touch.


Patient information leaflet

Families referred to the hospital @home team will be given a @home leaflet (PDF 93Kb) with information about the service.