Community Nurse InReach Team
The Community Nurse InReach service now means that skills and treatments only previously available in an acute hospital can be delivered by specially trained nurses in the community.
While the patient journey may start in hospital it is now possible for an appropriate patient to return to their own home, much earlier than previously, safe in the knowledge that the level and quality of care will follow them.
The Team’s work includes preventing unnecessary admission to Hospital, facilitating early enhanced hospital discharge and acting as a resource to the hospital staff on the menu of services available in the community
The patients most likely to benefit from the work of the Community Inreach Team are those requiring intravenous therapy or fluids, palliative care patients and enhanced recovery for colorectal and breast patients.
How to Access the Service
In Reach teams are based in the Belfast City Hospital and the Ulster Hospital, and are there to assist patients who live in the Belfast Trust area. The team is contacted directly by the hospital ward or district nursing when a patient is being discharge who requires specialist nursing care.