Wirral community nurses in spotlight on Sky News

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A TEAM of Wirral community nurses found themselves in the media spotlight when Sky News followed them around on a day of celebrations marking 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale.

The group from Wirral Community Health and Care NHS foundation Trust, based at Pasture Road Medical Centre in Moreton, was filmed and interviewed as they went on their rounds to see patients as part of International Nurses Day 2020.

A vital part of the nursing profession community nurses deal with everything from end of life, to complex wound care, heart failure and MS, they have an incredible depth of knowledge to enable really poorly patients to be cared for at home.

The day celebrated 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale – the founder of modern nursing – and incredible work of nurses across the globe.

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This year especially, with the coronavirus pandemic, the day is particularly poignant as nurses deliver care in these challenging times.

It gave the team a chance to showcase the range of complex care they provide and how they are part of people's lives, walking with them through difficult times.

Coronavirus has brought challenges but the nurses have adapted to the changing situation, adopting new technology to both provide care and protect patients.

Among those featured in the Sky News broadcast was community and specialist nurse manager Charlotte Botes.

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She said: "I've wanted to be a district nurse since I was a student.

"I loved my placement in the community and that was it for me.

"I've been in this role for 11 years but I've been in district nursing for 21 years.

"It's such a supportive environment and such a rewarding role.

"I meet people who perhaps I wouldn't have come across in any other walk of life.

"Some of the patients are such characters, and the staff are like another family.

"I often spend more time with them than at home."

Paula Simpson, director of nursing at the trust said: "Nursing in the community is a wide ranging profession.

"From health visitors, school nurses and family nurses to district nurses, community matrons and specialist nurses we are invited into people's homes and trusted to deliver exceptional care and support.

"The relationships community nurses develop with people throughout their lives are very special.

"We walk alongside people from the birth of their babies to the end of their lives.

"Our main objective is to help people to thrive, to remain independent for as long as possible and to support them when things get tough."

You can watch the SKY News report on Community Nursing at www.wchc.nhs.uk