Tissue Viability Service

Our nurse-led tissue viability service provides advice and support to nursing and healthcare professionals, aiming to develop and improve practice and raise the quality and standards of care in Tissue Viability for hospital inpatients.
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Appointment Form

If you have been given an outpatient appointment at the hospitals and are unable to attend for whatever reason you can use the form below.

It is really important that you let us know of any changes as soon as possible. This means we can offer the original appointment to another patient.

Please complete the form below with your contact details and as much information as possible. You can find most of the information we need on your appointment letter.

If you have any problems using this form, please call the number on your appointment letter and we will do our best to help you. You will receive a response from us so you know it has been received and actioned.

If you wish to change the date and time of your appointment you, you can click the re-book option and state any dates that are not suitable for you, or you can contact us using the number on your appointment letter.

The service is to aid and support all healthcare professionals who are involved in the management of:

  • Complex wounds e.g. surgical wounds and chronic non-healing wounds
  • Leg ulcer assessment and management 
  • Pressure ulcer assessment and management
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Prevention of pressure ulcers/equipment needs
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
Referral

Referrals are made for patients within the hospital environment, requiring support with a complex wound or pressure ulcer and will be seen and assessed by a Tissue Viability nurse and have a care plan provided.

Referrals can be made to the team by any member of the staff using

  • ICE referral system
  • Ugent referrals - Bleep system or telephone

The team review all the referrals on a daily basis (Monday to Friday) and review patients on Wards and in Clinic settings (although there is not a designated Tissue Viability clinic). The Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist also sees patients in the nurse led clinic in the Diabetes Foot clinic. Patients are assessed and reviewed as required.

The Community Tissue Viability team is available for patients not admitted to hospital and contact information can be obtained via community nurses.

Team and contact information

There are 3 Tissue Viability nurses over the three hospital sites Warrington, Halton and the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre (CMTC).

Heather Aston

Xiurong Deng

Holly Leicester

Telephone - 01925 662954/ 01925 275571

(24 hour voicemail) checked throughout the day Monday to Friday - bleep 704/063

Available 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday

Education

The Tissue Viability nurses provide regular training on pressure ulcer prevention. This training is delivered twice monthly and is also available via e-learning.

The Tissue Viability team have a network of Tissue Viability link nurses who attend regular link nurse study days and act as a Tissue Viability champion on their ward or area of work.

The Tissue viability team are part of the Registered Nurse with a Specialist Interest (RNSI) initiative - this involves a nurse from a ward or department working alongside the Tissue Viability team for a 12 month period. The RNSI will gain valuable knowledge and experience in Tissue Viability, which they can share with their colleagues.

The Tissue Viability nurses provide ' on the ward' training at the bedside on a daily basis.

 

Useful links

European pressure advisory panel

An organisation that through research and education, strives for best practice and guidelines for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers across Europe.

http://www.epuap.org/

National Institute of Clinical Excellence

Advice for patients and carers on the prevention and treatment of pressure sores from NICE

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg179

React to Red

A pressure ulcer prevention campaign that is committed to educating as many people as possible about the dangers of pressure ulcers and the simple steps that can be taken to avoid them.

http://www.reacttoredskin.co.uk/

Stop the Pressure day

The European pressure advisory panel invites you to take part in next year's Stop Pressure Ulcers to help bring pressure ulcers to a wider audience. In 2019 there will be a Stop Pressure Ulcers to be held on November 21st 2019.

http://www.epuap.org/stop-pressure-ulcers/

 

Warrington Hospital

Halton General Hospital