Community Nurses

District Nurses

How to contact us


Darvel and Newmilns surgeries - call on 01563 825915

The Team


Your District Nursing Team comprises of a Clinical Team Leader and District Charge Nurse, Staff nurses and Nursing Assistants.



What do we do?


The district nurses provide a wide range of services for people in a variety of non-hospital settings who are housebound. The team works in partnership with patients, carers, other health professionals, social services, charities and the independent sector to provide personalised packages of care.


The following are some examples of the types of care the district nurses provide:

  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Acute and chronic disease management
  • Wound assessment and wound care
  • Post-operative care
  • Leg ulcer management
  • Continence care
  • Ear care
  • Health promotion and advice
  • Prescribing and administering medications and treatments where appropriate
  • Complex assessment of health needs and promotion of independence for housebound patients. Mobile patients should attend the surgery to foster independence where possible



When do we visit?


We will visit on an agreed day, but due to the nature of our work it is usually not possible to provide a specific time. However, some procedures may require us to visit at a regular time and this will be arranged with you.

Health Visitors

Contact the Health Visitors

For Darvel and Newmilns patients, the team is based in Galston Clinic, but covers the same areas as the practice. Their contact number is 01563 822702 . The health visitors work from 09.00 am - 17.00 pm Monday to Friday, but there is an answering machine 24 hours a day.


Health Visitor Role

All children have a named Health Visitor from 11 days of life until they start primary school. At school they are under the care of the school nurse . The school nurse team are based in Kilmarnock. You can contact them on 01563 545737.

The core health visiting input is as follows -
  • Initial visit day 11 post-natal
  • Weekly home visits by a health visitor for first 6 weeks of life
  • 6-8week check at home for growth and development
  • Post-natal depression check for mum
  • Appointments in the surgery at 8,12 and 16 weeks of life for immunisations
  • 3 month home visit to assess growth and development
  • 4 month home visit to discuss general deveopment, weaning and dental health, and further post-natal depression check for mum
  • 1 year home visit to assess growth and development
  • Appointment in the surgery for 13 month immunisations
  • 27 month home visit to assess growth and development
  • Appointment at surgery for pre-school booster at 3years and 4months
  • 4 year pre-school visit
  • The Health Visiting Team are available at any time outwith these planned contacts should you have any child care concerns or queries.

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