Enquiries: 01305 251150

Community Children’s Nursing Team

The Children's Community Nursing (CCN) team provides expert nursing care and support for children and young people within the acute and community setting. This includes children and young people with acute, chronic, life-threatening and life-limiting conditions as well as providing end of life care. The CCN team are employed by Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and are based in the Children’s Centre.

The team's mission is to work within a multi-disciplinary environment to deliver excellent and holistic child and family centred care. It aims to allow the child/young person to achieve optimum potential for health and development within their family/community environment, by minimising hospital admission and facilitating early discharge alongside working in partnership with families.

Services we provide

The lists of core and specialist services, where nursing care, advice and support is provided to the child and their family, are given below:

Specialist interventions

  • oncology
  • palliative
  • respiratory/long-term ventilation
  • epilepsy
  • children with complex needs
  • sleep studies
  • premature babies
  • enteral feeding
  • oxygen therapy
  • ventilation
  • cardiac

Core interventions

  • short-term acute illness
  • long-term chronic illness
  • any child with an identified nursing need who is technology dependant


Criteria for referrals

For a child/young person to be referred, they must:

  • be 0-18 years of age, resident in West Dorset
  • have a GP in West Dorset
  • have a paediatric consultant at Dorset County Hospital
  • have a recognised specialised paediatric nursing need requiring support, including technology dependence

Any health professional can refer to the CCN team.

How to refer
Please request a referral form by emailing ccndorchester@dchft.nhs.uk or telephoning 01305 254279.

Our team

Team Lead, Zoey Fry

CCN Team Administrator Kimberley Thomas

The CCN service operates Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, except for bank holidays.

Working within the core community team is our specialist nursing CCN’s who work across the community, acute and clinic setting, these include:

  • Epilepsy Nurse Specialist (CCN)
  • Respiratory Nurse Specialist (CCN)
  • Special School Nursing (CCN) (more details below)

CCN Special School Nursing

We have two qualified paediatric nurses with a wealth of specialist knowledge, skills and expertise that are situated within Wyvern Academy, Weymouth. They work in the special school to support children and young people with complex health needs and provide support and education to school staff. They also work in partnership with other agencies to enable the school to meet the complex health needs of the child their family.

Gully's Place

Gully’s Place is a purpose-designed space, located at the end of the children’s ward in Dorset County Hospital. More information is available here.

Children and Young People's Diabetes Service

The Children and Young People’s Diabetes Service provides care to children and young people aged 0-19 with diabetes. More information is available here.