The Midwives deal with pregnant women before birth in antenatal clinics and relaxation classes, during delivery of the baby and care for mother and baby on their return home from hospital. They run antenatal clinics and work in collaboration with the GPs and hospital specialists. They can be contacted on Thurso 896990.
The District Nursing staff do some of their own work in the surgery but most of their duties are carried out in the patient’s home, offering general nursing care, changing dressings, removing sutures, ear syringing, taking blood and doing other procedures for patients who cannot get to the surgery.
Our attached Health Visitors have an office in the Thurso Community Health Centre and can be contacted there by telephone (Thurso 893442). Health Visitors can give advice on health care particularly for expectant mothers, young children the elderly and the chronic sick. If you have a problem with your health they can often put you in touch with sources of help.
Our health care team also includes a Community Psychiatric Nurse and Community Occupational Therapists. The social work department will be able to help you with problems relating to housing and finance as well as caring for the young, elderly or those with special needs or learning difficulties. They are now responsible for the placement of the elderly in residential and nursing homes. Because of the Care in the Community provisions everybody has a right to direct access to the social services through their local Duty Care Manager.