"Leg ulcers bleeding"

About: Tameside General Hospital / Accident and emergency Tameside General Hospital / General medicine

(as a staff member),

This story has been posted by Healthwatch Tameside on behalf of a member of the public who asked not to have their name published. They said…

This man is on a high dose of warfarin due to previous DVTs and now has leg ulcers which can bleed heavily. He was admitted to A & E at Tameside Hospital but had to stay in hospital on bedrest as they did not have the compression bandages nor anybody who could apply them. He and his wife are both very disappointed, and worried that if his ulcers bleed again the same problem may occur. They both felt that there was no information given to them or anybody who knew what to do during his recent admission.

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Response from Lindsay Stewart, Deputy Director of Nursing, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for posting your comment regarding compression bandaging

I am sorry to read that you felt there was a lack of information regarding the treatment of your leg ulcers. Below is an explanation and some actions I will take forward to address your concerns.

Compression bandaging is a skilled procedure which requires specialist training and regular practice to maintain competence in the skill.

The Community Complex Wound Care Team are the specialist service for compression bandaging in Tameside Hospital and they should have been contacted during your admission to advise on the management of your leg dressings. I am sorry that did not happen and I will address this with the nursing and doctor teams in A&E.

I am also going to request it is discussed and reviewed at the Tissue Viability Meeting due to take place later this month (March 2014).

I hope this answers your concerns to your satisfaction, if not please do not hesitate to contact me

Sarah Williams

Matron Urgent Care & Cardiology

Ladysmith Building

Tameside General Foundation Trust

tel: 0161 922 6000

Kind regards

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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