A community care service for people with chronic wounds has won patient-praise..
The nurse-led service, run by North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist treatment and advice to patients who have chronic wounds over six weeks old that are not healing. These can include leg ulcers, pressure ulcers among others.
Ninety per cent of patients asked in a survey said they would be extremely likely to recommend the service.
Fifty patients took part in the survey, run by the North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group. All those asked rated the care they received as either excellent (84 per cent), very good (14 per cent) or good (two per cent).
Patients are seen in community clinics, their own homes or within a residential or nursing home, and are offered a full assessment, treatment plans and then follow-up reviews as required.
Treatments include Doppler assessments, compression bandaging and in some instances lava treatment.
Comments from patients included that: ‘nurses are efficient, caring and pleasant’, ‘treatment is first class with friendly staff and excellent attitude’ and ‘staff are welcoming and courteous, your wellbeing is of paramount importance.’
Helen Davis, operational matron for adult specialised community services, said: “We strive to offer the highest levels of care to our patients so it is very encouraging to hear such positive feedback.”
The majority of patients were referred to the service by their GP or by self-referrals, but referrals are also taken from other healthcare professionals including hospital staff and district nurses.
The chronic wound team can be contacted on (07795) 470665.