District Nursing - Out Of Hours

Our out-of-hours District Nurses play a crucial role in the DHU


Who are we?

The out-of-hours District Nursing service consist of Community Nursing Sisters, Community Staff Nurses and trained Health Care Assistants.

What do we do?

The District Nurses operate from several bases across the county (Buxton, Matlock, Chesterfield and Derby) with nurses going out to visit housebound patients in their own homes.

The nurses always travel in fully equipped company vehicles. Our minimum requirement is that each vehicle is manned by at least 1 Registered Community Nurse and 1 trained Health Care Assistant.



"The out-of-hours District Nursing service provides skilled, flexible nursing care to meet the needs of individuals and carers in the community."

The DHU Community Nursing Service works seamlessly with the day time Community Nursing Service to provide: 

  • End of Life and Palliative Care
  • Syringe Driver Management
  • Catheter Management
  • Wound Care/Management
  • Bowel Management
  • Leg Ulcer Managment
  • Diabetic Care
  • Medicine Administration

The service is delivered in a caring and non-judgemental manner in agreement with the individual and carer, taking into account their physical, social, psychological, cultural and ethnic requirements.​

The out-of-hours service provides both planned and unplanned care to patients in their own homes in partnership with the day time Community Teams (from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS FT).

Our aim

Our aim is to provide high quality nursing care, in the most appropriate setting to reduce hospital admissions, provide nursing care in the patients’ preferred location, promote quality of life, facilitate early discharges and participate in complex packages of care.

When do we do it?

We operate from 6pm-8am in Derbyshire County and 10pm-8am in Derby City 7 days a week.