Tissue Viability

The Tissue Viability service provides specialist evidence based advice to all Health Care professionals, patients, families and carers on the management of wounds that are complex in nature and are failing to respond to treatment.

All patients are eligible for referral to our service, if registered with a GP in the geographical boundaries of Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon (Western CCG locality) and meet the referral criteria.

Tissue Viability visits are conducted in a variety of care settings which include; independent clinics, community hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries and patient’s own homes.

The service offers timed appointments, where appropriate. Visits are prioritised from the information provided on the referral form. Confidential specialist advice is giving according to the organisational confidentiality policy.

We are an advisory service and collate and store data specific to our service on an electronic database. The database enables us, through clinical audit, to measure patient outcomes, evaluate and improve the service we provide. Patient satisfaction audit is carried out through a corporate patient questionnaire as part of the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation Framework.