Tissue viability (wound management)

Service overview

Our tissue viability teams manage and treat people's wounds, and provide advice and support for patients, their families and carers.

We run a variety of wound care clinics in the community and also visit patients in their home, as well as patients in nursing and residential homes.

Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and in Westminster  You can contact our Appointments Booking Centre for tissue viability via:

Clinician queries:

T: 020 8102 5520
F: 0300 008 3251
E: cbo@nhs.net (Mon to Fri, 8am to 6pm)

Patient queries:

T: 0208 102 5555
E: clcht.bookingsupport@nhs.net​ (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm)

 

Wandsworth referral information

Who is our tissue viability service for?

  

Barnet, and Westminster
Our tissue viability service in Barnet, and Westminster is for people with a wound or those at risk of developing a wound who are living, or registered with a GP, in these boroughs. 

Kensington and Chelsea
Our tissue viability service in Kensington and Chelsea is for people with a wound or those at risk of developing a wound who are registered with a GP in this borough.

Wandsworth referral information

  

What does our tissue viability service do?

  

Our tissue viability teams undertake:

  • leg ulcer assessment and management
  • doppler assessment
  • compression bandaging
  • wound management
  • negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT)
  • MIST therapy (not in Barnet)
  • primary lymphoedema management (not in Barnet)
  • pressure ulcer assessment and management
  • prevention of pressure ulcer development
  • advice on wound management e.g. wound bed preparation and dressing choices
  

Where do we provide our tissue viability service?

  

Our tissue viability teams advise and support wound care management in nursing and residential homes, community hospitals, wound care clinics and patients' homes.

Our clinics are located in East Barnet Health Centre, Vale Drive Health Centre, Finchley Memorial Hospital, St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing and Colville Health Centre in (both Kensington & Chelsea), Harrow and Wandsworth.

  

Who do our tissue viability teams work with?

  

Our tissue viability teams work closely with other healthcare professional teams depending on the needs of the patient.

Examples of the teams we work with include: GPs, podiatrists, district nurses, practice nurses, rapid response nurses, continuing care, dieticians, continence, nursing and residential homes and acute hospital teams.

We are a national research centre and regularly take part in clinical trials for new therapies and dressings.

  

What can you expect from our tissue viability service?

  

Our teams can offer care and advice to patients with a range of wounds and injuries including:

  • advice on the most appropriate wound dressing products
  • joint visits with other health professionals to see patients
  • advice on further assessment of slow healing wounds
  • advice on pressure reducing equipment
  • advice including how to prevent ulcer occurrence and reoccurrence
  

Who works in our tissue viability teams?

  

Our tissue viability teams are made up of specialist tissue viability nurses.

  

How do you access our tissue viability service?

  

Patients can be referred by their GP, nurse, and other healthcare professional.

Self referral in Barnet

In some cases Barnet residents are able to self refer into Barnet tissue viability services.

Please note that our wound care clinics are by prior appointment only.

  
 

Our tissue viability teams work in the boroughs of:

  • Barnet 
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Westminster
  • Wandsworth

Referrers

This information is for GPs and other healthcare professionals who refer patients to our service teams.

Referral criteria for our tissue viability service

  

Our tissue viability service in Barnet, and Westminster is for people with a wound or those at risk of developing a wound who are living, or registered with a GP, in these boroughs. 

Our tissue viability service in Kensington and Chelsea is for people with a wound or those at risk of developing a wound who are registered with a GP in this borough.

Wandsworth referral information

  

What referral information does our tissue viability need?

  

Our teams accept faxed referral only. Please use the referral forms below in all circumstances.

Barnet tissue viability referral form

Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster tissue viability referral form

Wandsworth referral information

  

How do you refer to our tissue viability service?

  

Referrals are accepted via fax of our referral form only. 

Barnet tissue viability team
East Barnet Health Centre
149 East Barnet Road
EN4 8QZ
P: 020 8216 2329 or 020 8216 2340
F: 020 8364 8762
E: jayne.flynn@barnet.nhs.uk

Harrow referral information

Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster referrals
St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing (and satellites)
Tissue Viability Team
Clinic 1
Exmoor Street
London
W10 6DZ
F: 020 8962 4145
E: tissueviabilityservice@clch.nhs.uk  

The Barnet tissue viability service at East Barnet Health Centre accept referrals from health professionals and also accept self-referrals from patients.

The Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster tissue viability service at St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing accept referrals from health professionals only. Visit the Single Point of Access (SPA) page for more information.

Wandsworth referral information

  

Waiting times for our tissue viability service

  

Our tissue viability teams aim to see all patients within 21 days of their referral.

  

Discharge criteria for our tissue viability service

  

Barnet discharge criteria

  • completion of treatment or advice
  • three consecutive non-attendance to appointments 

Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster discharge criteria

Discharge criteria varies depending on the type of clinic the patient attends.  

Patients at our complex wounds clinic at St Charles will be seen for up to four weeks and are then referred back to the referring clinician or another wound care clinics as appropriate.

Patients are discharged if they do not attend on three consecutive occasions.

  
 

Locations

 
 
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