COVID-19: we must not forget the vital role community nurses play during lockdown

Community nurses find solutions to challenges – but not at the price of their own well-being 
Illustration of stressed out community nurses

Community nurses are tenacious and find solutions to constant challenges – but not at the price of their own health and well-being

This latest lockdown is a further challenge to our already stretched health and social care system. Our acute colleagues are under unprecedented pressures, and this is equally the case for community nurses.

Community services, including hospices, have been reconfigured to meet local needs, with many nurses working in different roles. Such reconfiguration, the loss of capital and diminished funding could potentially have a long-term impact on community provision.

Nurses are exhausted, overwhelmed,