The Tissue Viability Service offers a Clinical Nurse Specialist led wound care service to Adults and Children of Newham who suffer from both acute and chronic wounds and those at risk of developing wounds such as pressure sores.
The service operates an open referral system and provides hands on specialist clinical care, expert advice and education for patients and all stakeholders involved in wound prevention and treatment.
The service provides a range of advanced wound treatment interventions to enable people to receive care at home and prevent hospital admission.
The Tissue Viability Service was the front line submission for the High Impact Actions ‘Your skin matters’ and were able to demonstrate a reduction in hospital admissions associated with pressure ulcers by 50% with a cost saving in excess of 59K.
The Tissue Viability Service re-designed the leg ulcer service in consultation with community nurses to improve patient outcomes and improved healing rates and recurrence rates for venous leg ulcers. Healing rates are now on average 80- 100% in 12 weeks and recurrence rates are 2.4%. Nationally figures for healing rates are around 50% in 12 weeks and recurrence rates of 24% are reported.
Recent initiatives and achievements
The Tissue Viability service has expanded and is now responsible for the nurse led community leg ulcer clinics in Newham. There are five leg ulcer clinics and 3 leg ulcer prevention clinics.
The Tissue Viability service now covers across all ELFT sites including Tower Hamlets and City and Hackney and is currently developing a link nurse system for these areas, as well as providing education and training.
How to Prevent Pressure Sores
Preventing pressures sores developing involves individuals, families and carers, as well as healthcare staff. The tissue viability team have supported the local authority in providing training and education for informal and formal carers working across the borough to raise awareness of pressure ulcer prevention and where to seek help. You can learn about how pressure sores develop and key ways to prevent them by viewing here (to be added)
Contact Tel: 020 8553 7484
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