Tissue Viability and Vascular Service - Blackburn with Darwen

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Summary

The Tissue Viability and Vascular Service is based in Blackburn with Darwen, and may visit you for a range of different reasons.

What we do

  • If your wound is not healing - the team will advise alternative treatments to try and heal your wound quickly
  • Assessment of your circulation
  • Assessment of pressure relieving equipment to prevent or manage any pressure ulcers

The Tissue Viability and Vascular Service supports hospital consultants, GPs, district nurses, treatment room nurses, practice nurses, podiatry and nursing homes. Any member of the team may visit you at the clinic, hospital or if you are housebound you may be visited at home.

Our Partnership approach

Our treatment aims are for patients and carers are to be able to self manage their condition, with support from the tissue viability team. Effective tissue viability management can only be achieved on a long term basis if you commit to continuing with your jointly agreed care plan.

How to access the service

Referrals are accepted from all Health Professionals or self-referrals can be made by contacting the service directly.

A member of the team will see you and ask about your past medical history and other questions which will help to make a decision regarding your care. Then the Tissue Viability Nurse will discuss the plan of treatment with you and other healthcare professionals involved in your care.  They may follow you up for a short period but when there is an improvement in your condition the team will no longer arrange to see you again unless you have any further problems.

The service provides a range of treatments including larvae and negative pressure wound therapy and sharp debridement.

Useful Links:

Healthy Eating - NHS information on healthy eating

Pressure Ulcers - NHS information on pressure ulcers

Quit Squad - Stop smoking with expert help in your area

Stop the Pressure - Five simple steps to prevent and treat pressure ulcers

Venous Leg Ulcers - NHS information on venous leg ulcers

Venous Leg Ulcers - Patient.co.uk information on venous leg ulcers

Your Turn - Campaign to prevent pressure sores

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