Tissue viability focusses on the prevention and management of wounds. Patients are predominantly referred to the Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist for advice regarding complex wounds. Types of wounds include;
Kingston Hospital NHS Trust promotes a zero tolerance approach to the development of avoidable pressure ulcers and has developed and implemented strategies to reduce patient’s risk. A link to our patient information leaflet can be found at the end of this page which includes advice regarding the development of pressure ulcers as well as where further information can be found.
In addition to providing specialist advice for patients with tissue viability needs, the Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse also;
The Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist role is part of a multidisciplinary approach to managing wounds and has access to plastic surgery and vascular services. Tissue Viability also performs an integral part of the Trusts multidisciplinary approach to the management of patients with diabetic foot wounds with other members being a Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Consultant Endocrinologist, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Specialist Podiatrist.
The Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist is only available for inpatients within the Trust and patients from the Diabetic Foot Clinic. There are however Tissue Viability services available in all of the neighbouring community areas. Contact details:
If you are a patient relative/carer of a patient in the Trust and would like to speak to the Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist, you can do so by leaving a message with the ward staff, giving an indication on the best time to make contact.
Contact details: 0208 546 7711 bleep 135
Hours of work: 7am – 5pm (Monday to Thursday)
More information on pressure sores can be found at:
www.nhs.uk/Pressure-ulcers/Pages/Introduction.aspx or via NHS Direct on 0845 4647
Wound Care Alliance UK: www.wcauk.org
Tissue Viability: www.tvs.org.uk/
Pressure Ulcer campaign group: www.your-turn.org.uk/
European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel: www.epuap.org/
Wounds UK: www.wounds-uk.com