District nurse-led beds: an alternative to care at home.


Journal Article

Intermediate care is a key feature of the Government's plans for the development of the health service. The intermediate care scheme described here offers a district nurse-led bed (DNLB) stay in a community hospital to patients in the community who require short-term nursing help. District nurses are given the opportunity to admit patients from their community caseloads into a DNLB in a community hospital and are responsible for their admission, care and discharge. This article describes the pilot study that monitored the first 30 patients who used the DNLBs. Patients included younger people with multiple sclerosis who were admitted for respite care, but the principal beneficiaries were those aged over 65 years with chronic conditions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shepperdson, B; Phelps, K; Turner, D; Barrett, A; Wileman, C

Published Date

  • September 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 472 - 479

PubMed ID

  • 11832820

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11832820

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1462-4753

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.12968/bjcn.2001.6.9.9470


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England