Tissue Viability

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    Tissue Viability Service

    We are a nurse-led service providing advice and support to patients, carers and health care professionals who have (or who are caring for patients with) complex wounds. The team works within community services, mental health inpatient units, residential homes, nursing homes and pediatric and learning disability teams in the following local areas:

    • Preston, Chorley and South Ribble
    • Blackburn with Darwen  
     

    Skin is the largest organ in the body. When it is damaged, the protection it provides from the outside is lessened and we may be more susceptible to infection, long-term open wounds and scarring. Wound care aims to make sure that the skin recovers from damage as quickly as it can. 

    What we do

    We work in partnership with patients, carers and staff to help look after wounds and prevent the risk of skin damage now and in the future.

    The Tissue Viability Nurses can provide specialist advice on all types of wounds including:

    • Pressure ulcers
    • Leg ulcers
    • Surgical wounds
    • Traumatic wounds

     

    We can also assess circulation and provide advice on the prevention of leg and pressure ulcers, pressure reducing equipment and we are trained in specialist therapies such as sharp debridement and negative pressure wound therapy.

    Please note we don't undertake routine wound care and dressing changes. If you require a nurse to carry this out please contact your GP surgery for details of your local treatment room or for housebound patients your local district nursing team.

    Referrals

    Referrals are accepted from all health care professionals or patients can self-refer. To request a referral form please email the team at tissue.viability@lscft.nhs.uk. Please include as much detail as possible on the referral form to enable us to triage and prioritise the referral appropriately. The form should be returned via the email address above.

    Link Practitioners

    We have a local network of Tissue Viability Link Practitioners in all Trust localities and for Mental Health Inpatient Units. If you are interested in becoming a link practitioner for your team please contact us using the details below.

    Contact Details

    Our normal working hours are 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). An answering machine is in use outside of these times.

    Preston, Chorley and South Ribble Tel: 01772 643147

    Blackburn with Darwen Tel: 01254 283609

    Or email the team at tissue.viability@lscft.nhs.uk

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