Tissue Viability


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Galsworthy Road Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT2 7QB
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Patient contact information Tissue Viability: 0208 546 7711 bleep 135

Tissue viability focusses on the prevention and management of wounds. Patients are predominantly referred to the Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist for advice regarding complex wounds. Types of wounds include;

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust promotes a zero tolerance approach to the development of avoidable pressure ulcers and has developed and implemented strategies to reduce patient’s risk.  A link to our patient information leaflet can be found at the end of this page which includes advice regarding the development of pressure ulcers as well as where further information can be found.

In addition to providing specialist advice for patients with tissue viability needs, the Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse also;

  • Delivers education to staff across the Trust on tissue viability and wound care
  • Acts as information and educational resource for all professionals
  • Proactively develops and disseminates policies, protocols and clinical guidelines
  • Develops and implements clinical audit to monitor effectiveness of current practice and to improve health outcomes
  • Works in partnership with community colleagues with the aim to provide seamless wound care.

The Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist role is part of a multidisciplinary approach to managing wounds and has access to plastic surgery and vascular services. Tissue Viability also performs an integral part of the Trusts multidisciplinary approach to the management of patients with diabetic foot wounds with other members being a Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Consultant Endocrinologist, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Specialist Podiatrist.

Your Healthcare Pressure Ulcer information leaflet

Pressure Area Management Leaflet

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The Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist is only available for inpatients within the Trust and patients from the Diabetic Foot Clinic. There are however Tissue Viability services available in all of the neighbouring community areas. Contact details:

  • Richmond and Hounslow Community Health Care - Tel: 0208 714 4085/6
  • YourHealthcare Kingston - Tel: 020 8274 4113
  • Wandsworth - Tel: 0208 812 4050
  • Sutton and Merton – Tel: 0845 567 2000

If you are a patient relative/carer of a patient in the Trust and would like to speak to the Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist, you can do so by leaving a message with the ward staff, giving an indication on the best time to make contact.

Contact details: 0208 546 7711 bleep 135

Hours of work: 7am – 5pm (Monday to Thursday)

More information on pressure sores can be found at: or via NHS Direct on 0845 4647

Wound Care Alliance UK:

Tissue Viability:

Pressure Ulcer campaign group:

European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel:

Wounds UK:

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