Nursing staff praised in patient study

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District nurses have been given a vote of confidence by their patients after 95 per cent said they would recommend the service to others.

An independent report into district nursing provided by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust also found that 98 per cent of patients said nurses treated them with dignity and respect.

The service was rated as either “excellent” or “good” by 94 per cent of patients, and 91 per cent said they had confidence in their district nurse.

Almost all of the 300 people who took part in the survey said nurses were friendly and helpful, the report found.

Mid Yorkshire, which runs Pontefract, Pinderfields and Dewsbury hospitals, has 200 district nurses treating more than 500 patients every day.

Most patients are house-bound, elderly or recovering from major surgery.

Joanne Schofield, the trust’s locality manager, said treating patients in their homes helped save money by keeping them out of hospital beds.

She said: “Treatment at home gives patients normality and independence.

“We are also able to work with social services and other agencies.

“As we are visitors in their home, we can get to know patients and their families.”

The survey was carried out by not-for-profit organisation The Picker Institute Europe, which campaigns to give patients a say in their care.

Some 72 per cent of people who filled in the survey had a permanent illness and nine per cent were bed-ridden.

The survey found that 94 per cent of patients found that nurses arrived on the day they were expected, although just 51 per cent said they saw the same district nurse most of the time.

Matron Christine Jackson said: “Community nursing is now recognised as being a vital component in shifting health care from hospital into community settings.”