The Tissue Viability Service, run by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, is a specialist nursing service for anyone with complex wounds or wounds that are taking a long time to heal. This includes surgical wounds, leg ulcers or pressure ulcers.
The service carries out assessments and identifies any problems that may be delaying wounds from healing and/or are becoming a source of infection and identifies and carries out the treatment required. The assessments and treatment are carried out by nurses with specialist knowledge, skills and experience in wound care and tissue viability and can take place in a variety of locations; in your own home, at a care home, clinic, GP surgery, or hospice. The service also offers telephone advice.
Referrals to the service can be made from the GP practice/care home/community nursing team/hospice/hospital. The service itself operates Monday to Friday 08.00 to 16.00hrs.