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New series of nursing events will help to eliminate Pressure Ulcers

World Stop the Pressure Day

Nurses and representatives from local care homes are invited to attend a new series of Link Nurse events aimed to help reduce pressure ulcers and have a greater understanding of wound care, hosted by the George Eliot Hospital.

The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is continually working to reduce pressure damage and partnership working with patients and care homes is an important part of this work. Four dates have been booked this year for this extremely popular series of events hosted by the Trust.

Events are booked for Thursday 31st March 2016, Friday 24th June, Friday 16th September and Friday 2nd December.

The ‘Tissue Viability Link Nurse Group’ has been developed to share advice about the importance of correct manual handling techniques and assessment of patients, equipment, correct seating, posture and useful tools to reduce the risk from pressure ulcers along with the other many aspects of wound care. The group is helping to eliminate pressure ulcers in the community. Last year the group held a successful day to share advice during ‘World Stop the Pressure Day’ to other nurses across the hospital and with the help of the Link Nurses out in the community.

Specialist Nurse and Service Lead, Lorraine Thursby said: "We have a brilliant network of link nurses who are sharing training and messages out in the community to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers developing with patients.

“We want to see more partners from residential and nursing homes join us at our link events to improve patient care and outcomes across all areas.”

Events are being held in the George Eliot Hospital Training and Education Centre at the George Eliot Hospital and are free to everyone that attends. Staff from local Nursing and Care Homes can book a place at future events by emailing TissueViability.Mailbox@geh.nhs.uk

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