By offering people choice in health and care services such as wound healing services, in the years ahead we expect to see more services being offered by a much wider range of NHS, private and voluntary providers.
An example of this, run by TVCS in Eastbourne, is described in the case study below.
Wound Healing Clinic, Eastbourne
- TVCS Ltd was established in 1999 by Sylvie Hampton, previously Tissue Viability Nurse at Eastbourne DGH, and Fiona Collins, previously Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at University of Brighton. Sylvie has an international reputation for healing wounds and Fiona for preventing pressure damage, particularly in the seated patient.
- In January 2008 TVCS opened a Wound Healing Clinic in Eastbourne – the first nurse led complex wound health clinic in the UK specialising in the prevention and management of wounds. They aim to offer patients the right treatment, at the right time and in the right place for their wounds.
- As the clinic meets the quality standards required by required by East Sussex Downs & Weald PCT and Hastings & Rother PCT and can demonstrate that they deliver the results the PCT wants for its patients, the PCT can offer patients the choice of being treated at the clinic as well as local NHS providers.
- The Wound Healing Clinic has both a high success rate and is cost-effective, 82-3% of patients have their wounds healed over a 6-week period – one of the highest in the UK.
- To put this into context, wounds have had an average duration of 3.3 years when patients arrive at the centre.