Living with a health condition

Being diagnosed with a health condition or illness can be extremely worrying. However, many people live long and healthy lives by managing their condition or conditions effectively.

The first step to taking control of the situation is to fully understand more about the condition or illness. The NHS website has a comprehensive A to Z directory of conditions and illnesses.

Care in your home

Where necessary, district nurses and therapists provide care to patients with long term conditions in their own homes, when they are unable to visit their GP surgery or other healthcare providers.

This may include:

  • diabetes management
  • wound care
  • catheter and bowel management
  • medication administration.

Referral to the service is through your GP or other health and social care professionals.

Rapid Response Team

When a person experiences a crisis of their long term conditions and is at risk of hospital admission, the Rapid Response Team provides a two-hour response for health emergencies such as:

  • urinary tract infections
  • blocked catheter
  • helping up people who have fallen
  • providing equipment and follow up treatment by nurses and therapists to allow people to remain at home.

Nurses and therapists visit and assess the person in their home and provide treatment or make referrals to relevant services.

The service also provides rehabilitation and short term support to help the person to stay safe at home and enjoy a good quality of life.

Referrals can be made by your GP, health, or social care professionals. 

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