Did you know that the Spinal Community Nurses provide a free home visiting service for anyone with a spinal cord injury?
The Spinal Community Nurses are currently based at the Quadriplegic Centre in Shenton Park, but travel as far as Geraldton, Albany, Kalgoorlie and Esperance. They are in the process of setting up a telehealth link for video conferencing with patients in more remote areas.
Photo of the Spinal Community Nurses from left to right: Julie Evans, Peter Jeremic, Emma Shanahan.
There are 3 nurses involved, and between them they have over 40 years of experience with SCI which means they have seen just about everything! Some of the problems they can help with:
- Bladder/bowel – they can give advice about problems with bladder management and have samples of different products. They can also help with improving your bowel routine if bowel accidents have become a problem for you
- Skin – seen something when doing a skin check? The spinal nurse can come and have a look and let you know how to treat it, and help you work out what caused the problem
- Equipment – advice on suitable equipment and sources of funding
- Funding eligibility – advice on sources of funding and eligibility
- NDIS – can assist clinical staff with information for plans
- Silver Chain – can refer patients to Silver Chain when necessary
- GP – can give advice to GPs who need more information about SCI
The Community Spinal Nurses try to make contact with all new SCI patients before they leave hospital or within 3 months of discharge. If you haven’t heard from them give them a call and introduce yourself. If you have just moved to WA, or have returned after a few years away, please make contact and they will add you to their database.
The Spinal Community Nurses can be contacted during working hours, Monday-Friday:
Northern suburbs/northern country (up to Geraldton):0409 683 603
Southern suburbs/south-west country (up to Albany): 0417 977 299
Eastern suburbs/eastern country (up to Kalgoorlie and Esperance): 0409 894 185
If you are unsure of which area you fit into, call any number and the responding nurse will be able to put you in touch with the right contact.