Communities reflect how we live, who we work with and who we spend time with. Often when people are seriously ill, they prefer to be at home. People they know can help provide their care and social support. This will be their Community Nurses. It will also be their family, friends, neighbours and acquaintances.
Community Health Nurses work with people and their families to help prevent disease, maintain health and treat any existing health problems.
The MDHSS Community nursing aims to support and maintain patient independence, safety and healthy lifestyle, at the same time as providing assistance to carers.
- Care after a hospital stay (Post acute care)
- General Nursing care, including assistance with chronic conditions
- ‘Hospital in the Home’ services, which provide hospital type care outside of the hospital
- Wound management
- Living at Home Assessments
- Pathology Collection
- Palliative care nursing assistance, for people who have a life limiting illness and require support to stay at home
Both home and centre-based care are provided, with the majority of clients receiving care in their own homes.
Maternal and Child Health Nurse
The Maternal and Child Health Nurse is a *FREE service which provides primary care to postnatal women and children from birth to school age.
Whether it is your first child or your sixth, we know you want to feel comforted by the knowledge your new born child is doing well.
The Maternal and Child Health Nurse visits the centre bi-weekly and is an integral part of MDHSS services. This service provides:
- family support
- health promotion and education
- early identification and intervention for health concerns.
Immunisation is an effective way of protecting yourself and your family. Immunisation works by triggering the immune system to fight against certain diseases. If a vaccinated person comes in contact with these diseases, their immune system is able to respond more effectively.
Being immunized by one of our Registered Nurses who are highly trained is a fast and fuss free way to protect your health and that of others.
A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a screening procedure for cervical cancer. It tests for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix.
MDHSS have free Pap Screening services throughout the year.
Looking after your health is important and by screening regularly it can drastically increase your chances of identifying irregular cells before they develop.
Having a pap screen after the age of 21 helps establish a record of what normal and abnormal cell activity is for you which is then monitored.
Early detection of unhealthy cells can make a huge difference to long term wellness and damage prevention.
Incontinence and continence problems are symptoms of bladder or bowel dysfunction. They tell you that something is not quite right. Pelvic floor muscle weakness is a common cause of these symptoms. Changes to the nerves controlling the bladder, bowel or pelvic floor can also result in loss of control.
Continence issues do not have to interrupt your life! Reach out and speak to our continence nurse who will give helpful advice. Discuss your options with a professional who has extensive knowledge about your options.
Continence care can relate to helping individuals achieve and maintain bladder and bowel control. The nurse can advise on how to keep the bladder healthy, assess and identify possible causes and give a suitable course of treatment tailored to your needs and preferences.
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care:
- provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
- affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
- intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
- integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
- offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
- offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement;
- uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;
- will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;
- is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.