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.

Contact us

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    


Finding us

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

Our team

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 - Linda Diamond, Emma Openshaw, Angela Rivett

Tissue Viability Staff Nurses - Tracy Finley, Nicola Thompson

Tissue Viability Support Practitioners - Alika Devlin, Jennie Barnes

Tissue Viability Equipment Coordinator - Jenni Garlick

Tissue Viability Project Assistant - Shelley McIvor

Tissue Viability Administrator - Kay Fairley

Useful information

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:

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Leaflet

Patient Shared Care Information Leaflet

Leg Ulcer Information booklet 

Skin Cleansing and Management