Clinical Nursing Services
District Nursing services offered to people of all ages with a variety of health conditions. The aim of our service is to work in partnership with clients and carers to identify and attend to each individual’s needs.
- District nursing services provided by Division one Registered Nurses
- Clients may self refer or be referred by health service or practitioner.
- Eligibility is assessed on an individual basis.
- Services offered include: wound care, medication management, pathology collection, personal care, continence advice and products.
Accident and Emergency Nursing
- First line emergency care is provided by the staff from the Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre in partnership with Ambulance Victoria.
- All BBNC Division One Nurses hold Remote Area Nursing (RAN) competency. Our RAN’s are able to provide a range of emergency care treatments including administering medications to stabilize the patient prior to hospital transfer by ambulance.
- The centre is well equipped with a range of emergency equipment. .
Community members must dial 000 in the event of a medical emergency. If a RAN is available to attend a RAN response is activated via the 000 emergency paging system.
- The Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre is able to provide in home Palliative care for clients who require care during a terminal illness.
- The aim of the service is to provide individualised care for the client and their family, offering physical and emotional support during their illness.
- BBNC Staff work in conjunction with visiting Palliative Care services from Western District Health Service or Wimmera Health Care.
- The Centre has a range of equipment and aids to assist client care in their home.
Post Acute Care
The aim of this program is to assist people in recuperating after hospitalisation. This is generally provided on a short term basis of 1 to 2 weeks post hospital discharge.
An individual assessment is conducted to enable provision of appropriate services such as wound care, personal care, medication management, meals on wheels and home care.
Funding for this service is provided through the discharging hospital.
All patients receiving treatment in a public hospital are eligible for post hospital support for a variety of services subject to individual hospital assessment criteria. This care provision is negotiated by your discharging hospital with our nursing staff.
What we require from your discharging hospital:
- Interagency transfer details (SCOT)
- Supply of extraordinary dressing requirements
- Long term medication chart filled in by discharging Medical Practitioner should you require medication management
- Prescriptions to fill dosette/arrange for Webster pack
- Post acute care agreement
Hospital in the Home
This program is designed to provide acute care to patients in the home.
The aim of the program is to:
- Provide individualised and holistic care to patients requiring home based acute nursing care. We aim to provide continuous patient care from the hospital to the home.
- The patients remain classified as inpatients for the duration of hospital in the home episode
- The funding for this care is provided by the hospital the patient is aligned with.
- Individual assessments are essential to determine eligibility for the program
- The hospital will coordinate the care from hospital to home and monitor progress daily with the assistance of nursing staff of the Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre.
- A range of care is provided through the Hospital in the Home program. Most commonly the care is to provide ongoing medication management and wound care
Access to Psychiatric Services
The Balmoral Bush Nursing Service works in close conjunction with Pyschiatric services through Western District Health Services and Wimmera Health Care Group. We are a referral point for clients requiring assessment and support through these services.
Collection of Pathology Specimens
Pathology collections services are provided at the Balmoral Bush Nursing Service on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9am and 10.00am at a cost of $4.00 per patient. Courier collection is only on these days.
Patients need to bring the pathology advice slip from their doctor.
Continence Care and Advice
Nursing staff are able to provide advice and support through provision of aids for continence issues. Registered nurses at BBNC are able to refer to the Continence service at Western District Service who can visit clients in Balmoral by appointment made through the Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre.
Access to Medications
In accordance with their drugs and poisons licence, the Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre has a range of over the counter medications available for purchase by members of the Centre.
Registered nurses are able to provide education and advice in regard to medication to clients and their carers.
Medications are delivered daily from Reeds Pharmacy in Coleraine to provide timely access to scripted items required.
The registered nurses are able to provide a range of wound care services to clients. We have a range of dressing supplies available for purchase.
Through access to video link we work closely with the regional wound consultant from Western District Health Service to ensure clients have access to best practice care.
BBNC employs two registered midwives that able to provide advice and support to parents on discharge from hospital post delivery of their baby. Our staff work closely with the discharging hospital and the maternal and child health nurse to provide the best possible care to you and your child.
Community Nursing – Veterans Affairs clients
Community Nursing is funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs in the aim to work with people to assist them to live independently in their homes. We aim to promote, support and maintain client independence. We also provide assistance to carers. Individual care is assessed on individual needs.
A range of services are provided depending on assessed need.
Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre has two registered immunisation nurses on staff to ensure timely access to all immunisation requirements. This includes fluvax and Government recommended vaccinations.
For infant immunisations please refer to the Maternal and Child Health Information page.
Contact the Centre for more information on 5570 1304.