Integrated community teams
Our integrated community teams provide a wide range of nursing care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to mainly housebound patients.
We provide care for people with more than one long term condition, including:
- end of life care
- chronic wounds
- pressure ulcer management
- elderly and frail
- administering injections
- step up care to avoid hospital admission
- step down care to facilitate discharge
We also have a health promotion and advice role, giving support and reassurance to patients and carers; we actively support patients or their family to manage their own care. The service has staff with extended skills in consultation, diagnosis, and independent prescribing. In urgent situations, nurses will provide phlebotomy. A bladder scanner and an ECG machine are available at some locations. We focus on what support the patient needs to achieve their rehabilitation goals following illness or injury. With our help, patients can be discharged from hospital or avoid admission to hospital. Visits and treatment are carried out in our clients’ home environment or in a clinic setting. Patients can be seen three to four times daily if clinically indicated, maintaining their independence and keeping them from needing to visit hospital. Our community therapists provide physiotherapy and occupational therapy rehabilitation programmes to adults experiencing a loss of independent living who are housebound.
The need for physiotherapy or occupational therapy may be the result of a number of medical conditions, including:
- orthopaedic conditions such as hip replacements or arthritis
- neurological conditions such as strokes or Parkinson’s disease
- respiratory problems such as chest infections
We provide help to ensure patients with physical problems remain as independent as possible. This may take the form of a personalised programme, advice and information, the loan of specialist equipment or minor adaptations. We also provide assessment and diagnosis for falls and mobility.
All rehabilitation programmes we deliver are time limited and goal orientated.
Contact our service in Basildon and Brentwood
Thurrock Community Hospital
Brentwood Community Hospital,
Tel: 0300 300 1712
Fax: 0300 300 1634
Opening times: Staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week - the service can be contacted via single point of access (SPA). Between 7am and 7pm calls will be diverted to Basildon Hospital switchboard. Patients will be asked to identify which area they live in.
Referrals will be accepted via electronic means on SystmOne, by telephone or by faxing the referral form to the single point of access team. Self-referrals will also be accepted but please note this is only if the patient is already registered with the service. For patients not currently known to the service, self-referrals must be made via a health or social care practitioner.