Wounds, ulcers & pressure sores
Who are we?
The Tissue Viability Service is a clinically-led specialist service for patients of all ages with a wide variety of complex wounds, skin problems and vascular problems.
The Tissue Viability Service provides a specialist service to patients with a wide variety of complex wounds including pressure ulcer prevention and management, management of leg ulceration, management of traumatic injuries and complex non-healing wounds. The team offers vascular assessment, tissue biopsy and histology and sharp debridement of wounds.
The Tissue Viability Service delivers competency-based education and training to all staff. We offer advice and support to staff, patients and carers.
We have a multidisciplinary approach to a program of care - which means we have access to a range of specialist nursing skills and experiences.
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The people we see
The Tissue Viability Service is available to all age groups requiring the skills of the specialist tissue viability team.
All patients are referred to the Tissue Viability Service by an accredited referrer such as any allied health care professional, hospital consultant or GP. Patients and their carers can also refer themselves to the Tissue Viability Service. Contact the service (using the contact details on the right of this page) for more advice and information on how to do this.
Services we do not offer
We do not offer a wound dressing service. This service is offered at GP practices or through the community nursing teams.
The community Tissue Viability Service is not offered on the wards of the Princess Royal Hospital or Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The hospitals have their own Tissue Viability Nurse Specialists.
What you should bring with you
Please bring with you on your first appointment:
- Patient held records
- Current wound dressings/bandages
- Any food for specific dietary requirements
- Urine sample
- If necessary, a carer or professional to support the assessment
Frequently asked questions
- Do patients come to us?
We visit patients in their homes or they are asked to go to local clinics, GP surgeries or the hospital outpatients. We will discuss the options with individual patients.
- How soon can I be seen?
We endeavour to see patients as soon as possible. Times will be discussed with patients when they are referred to the team.