Tissue Viability and Vascular Service
The Tissue Viability and Vascular Service is based in Blackburn with Darwen, and may visit you for a range of different reasons, such as:
- 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.
Where the service is provided and how to contact us
Darwen Health Centre
James Street West
Tel: 01254 226875
Fax: 01254 226876
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