We are a nurse-led specialist service for patients of all ages with a wide variety of complex wounds. We provide specialist advice and care to patients, carers, health professionals and allied health professionals who care for patients with complex wound management needs and those at risk of developing wounds such as pressure ulcers and leg ulcers. This service is provided to patients in their own home, hospital settings, hospice, nursing and residential homes, GP surgeries and other clinical settings.
We support the organisation to develop and maintain prevention and treatment strategies for pressure ulceration, leg ulceration and complex wounds in accordance with local and national policy. We also deliver an extensive educational programme on the prevention and management of pressure ulcers, wounds and leg ulcers for nursing and allied health professional staff across hospital and community settings.
At appointment you will be given information about the best treatment for your wounds, including tips about what you can do to help, and together with you and your healthcare professional we will develop a wound management plan.
The Tissue Viability Service can be accessed via your GP, District or Practice Nurse, Podiatrist, Therapist or Hospital ward staff if you are an inpatient.
The Tissue Viability Team can be contacted on the single point of contact number: 0191 2831432
We are based across 3 sites:
- Level B, Sunderland Royal Hospital, Kayll Road, Sunderland, SR4 7TP;
- 1st floor Clarendon House, Windmill Way, Hebburn, South Tyneside, NE31 1AT;
- South Tyneside District Hospital, Harton Lane, South Shields, NE34 0PL
We are a team of specialist nurses covering acute (hospital settings) and community settings across South Tyneside and Sunderland and consist of:
Tissue Viability Nurse Consultant - Joanna Peart
Tissue Viability Lead Nurse - Helen Myers
Tissue Viability Senior Specialist Nurses - Karen Reay, Angela Hanratty
Quality Improvement Lead - Angela Proctor
Tissue Viability Specialist Nurses - Debbie Houghton, Emma Openshaw, Angela Rivett
Tissue Viability Staff Nurses - Tracy Finley, Nicola Thompson
Tissue Viability Support Practitioners - Alika Devlin, Jennie Barnes
Tissue Viability Administrator - Lynda Jackson
Tissue Viability Equipment Coordinator - Jenni Garlick
Tissue Viability Project Assistant - Shelley McIvor
Tissue Viability Administrator/Equipment Co-ordinator - Kay Fairley
Your health professional may provide you with one of the below leaflets, dependent upon your individual risk of developing skin problems, or the type of wound you have: