Tissue viability and chronic wound
The tissue viability/chronic wound service is a nurse led service that provides specialist treatment and advice to patients who have chronic wounds or skin integrity issues/concerns.
The service operates five days a week, Monday to Friday, and provides clinic appointments in five different localities across North Lincolnshire, as well as providing assessments and treatments to patients in their own home if they are housebound or within residential and nursing homes.
The chronic wound service provides assessment and treatment for patients with chronic wounds that are over six weeks old and remain non healing/unresponsive to current treatment. We ensure that each patient has a full assessment including a Doppler if required and the relevant treatment will be initiated and then re-assessed in the clinic at the required times. If the treatment is very intensive then the care of these patients may be shared with the practice nurse or district nurse depending on the patient’s needs.
The tissue viability specialist nurse provides specialist advice and support to patients, carers/relatives, and other professionals regarding tissue viability issues. The specialist nurse also takes the lead for those patients who require topical negative pressure in the community, as well as providing all the necessary training and education about wound management for community based staff, social services staff, care home staff and practice nurses.