Community Matrons

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Available at the following locations

  • Blackburn with Darwen
    This team sees people in their own homes

    Summary

    The Community Matron Service provides care in the community to meet the health needs of individuals/families within Blackburn with Darwen.

    What we do

    The aims of the service are to:

    • Support individuals to achieve and maintain optimum health and independence, avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions through discussion, teaching, advice and provision of appropriate clinical interventions
    • Provide a multi-skilled high standard of care which is evidence based and supported by reflective practice, clinical supervision and professional education
    • Work collaboratively with partners to ensure early intervention, continuity and consistent care and integrated intensive support in the least intrusive setting close to the patient's home
    • Actively identify patients who may benefit from case management
    • Educate patients / families / carers promoting effective self-management
    • Prevent unnecessary GP and ambulance call outs and hospital admissions
    • Apply advanced clinical and leadership skills to ensure that the most appropriate care and support are delivered at all times
    • Ensure effective medicines management
    • Prolong and extend the quality of life of residents of Blackburn with Darwen
    • Work collaboratively with all colleagues throughout the health economy and with the support of the patient’s Lead Consultant (e.g. Cardiologist) and GP

    Community Respiratory Service

    The Community Matrons in Blackburn with Darwen also provide a Community Respiratory Service (CRS) for new patients with a Coronary Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) diagnosis, who are acutely unwell and are having unscheduled admissions and A & E attendances. CRS provides treatment intervention and optimisation of treatment, following resolve of the exacerbation, with a view to increasing their self-care/self-management. These patients can also self-refer back into the CRS service if they are having a further COPD exacerbation.

    How to access the service

    The service in Blackburn with Darwen has a Single Point of Access number which can be used for professional referrals. Self referrals, carer referrals or advice can be obtained from the normal telephone number below. Service provision is Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

    How to contact us:

    We visit patients in their own home, however we are based at:

    Blackburn with Darwen
    Room 120 Innovation centre
    Evolution Park
    Blackburn
    BB1 2FD

    Single Point of Access Tel: 01254 207074
    Single Point of Access Fax : 01254 201975
    Tel: 01254 207074

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