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Tissue Viability Service

Our goals

Enhancing Healing: Specialised Care for Tissue Viability and Complex Wound Management

Enhancing Healing for Lower Limb leg ulceration. Maintaining preventative treatments through educating service users.

Overview

Our Tissue Viability Service provides assessment and treatment for individuals with, or at risk of, compromised tissue viability, including conditions such as complex leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and non-healing wounds in the tissue viability clinic, nursing homes and patients who are housebound under the care of the community nurses.

Our Lower Limb service provides assessment and treatment for patients with lower limb ulceration (wound to the leg)

Tissue Viability and Lower Limb service is available to patients registered with a GP in the NHS Mid Essex area.

Referral Process

To access our services, you must be referred by a healthcare professional, typically your GP. If you are being seen by the District Nurse for wound care a referral can be made if further support/advise is required.

Tissue Viability:

Eligibility criteria

  • All referrals concerning children must initially be directed to the Community Children’s Nursing Team.
  • Patients must have a wound present.

Exclusion Criteria

The Tissue Viability Service does not cover the following conditions:

  • Patients displaying signs of claudication.
  • Critical ischemia.
  • Diabetic foot ulcers (please refer to the Podiatry Service).
  • Oedema without an associated wound.
  • Routine re-dopplers.
  • Skin conditions/rash (except varicose eczema, which can be referred to the Dermatology Service).
  • Category one or two pressure ulcers (patients with multiple category 2 pressure ulcers should be referred to tissue viability)
  • Varicose veins.

Service Details:

Our team of specialist nurses offer clinic-based services and supports Community Nursing staff in providing domiciliary visits to patients at their homes and in Community Hospitals. We also collaborate with Practice Nurses in GP Surgeries.

We are equipped to assess, diagnose, treat, and monitor individuals experiencing the following issues:

  • Leg ulcers or pressure ulcers.
  • Complex or non-healing wounds.
  • A variety of therapies to promote wound healing, including topical negative pressure, compression garments/bandages.

Operating Hours:

Our service operates from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays), at Braintree Community Hospital, Chadwick Dr, Braintree CM7 2AL

 

Lower Limb:

Eligibility Criteria

  • Patients must be mobile to attend clinics.
  • Have a wound present to the lower limb.

Exclusion Criteria

The Lower Limb Service does not cover the following conditions:

  • Patients displaying signs of claudication.
  • Critical ischemia.
  • Diabetic foot ulcers (please refer to the Podiatry Service).
  • Oedema without an associated wound.
  • Routine re-dopplers.
  • Skin conditions/rash (except varicose eczema, which can be referred to the Dermatology Service).
  • Varicose veins

Service Details

We have a team of specialist nurses offering clinic-based appointments for lower leg ulceration that will include assessment and setting treatment plan for suitability of compression garments/bandages to aid healing.

Operating Hours

Our Service operates from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). We are based at three sites: Braintree Community Hospital, Chadwick Drive, Braintree, CM7 2AL (Monday to Friday)

St Peters Hospital, Spital Rd, Maldon, CM9 6EG (regularly twice a week, Monday and Thursday with additional ad hoc days).

The Laurels Surgery, Juniper Rd, Boreham, CM3 3DX (one day a week, Monday).

All patients with foot wounds should be referred to Provide Podiatry Services.

For additional information on leg ulcers click here. A useful guide for leg ulcer treatment and advice can be found here.

This service can be accessed through our Care Co-ordination Centre

Available Monday to Friday
8am to 6pm

Call Us

0300 1310 111

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