The Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse team are a part of the wider community nursing service in Guildford and Waverley working with patients, carers, GPs, practice nurses, care homes (nursing and residential), other specialist nurses and consultants to prevent skin breakdown and to treat and manage complex wounds.
The service provides specialist advice, support and treatment to people, carers and other health/ social care colleagues to optimise the health and wellbeing of patients at home through promoting care of skin.
The service is for adults, aged over 18 with lymphoedema and is usually for people registered with a GP practice within Guildford and Waverley, living in their own homes and in all care homes.
Healthcare professionals can also access the service for specialist advice.
Through referral to the Community Co-ordination Centre or from your GP, health or social care professional or following a discharge from hospital.
Telephone consultations are also available.
The service operates Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00, excluding bank holidays.
Post hospital discharge review and assessment
Optimisation of dressings and treatment for complex wounds
Prevention and management of pressure ulcers (bed sores)
Education and advice to support people with treatment and self-management strategies at home
Maintaining skin integrity for end of life care in partnership with local palliative care and District Nurse teams
Advance wound care assessment, diagnosis, care planning and treatment
Please show details of medication that you are on or any hospital discharge letters.
If a home visit, please provide hand washing facilities and paper towels.
We very much value feedback from all of our patients, and may ask you to complete a satisfaction questionnaire after your appointment.