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Tissue Viability

For healthcare professionals managing patients with complex wounds.

Tissue Viability

About the service

This service is aimed at health professionals managing patients with complex wounds.

We offer joint assessment and clinic appointments to guide professionals on the best management of hard to heal wounds. We also offer formal wound management education to all health professionals.

Clinics are held in:

The Cedars Surgery (Alternate Thursday afternoons)
87 New Bristol Road
BS22 6AJ

The Marina Healthcare Centre (Monthly on a Tuesday afternoon)
2 Haven View
BS20 7QA

Referrals should be sent to the Tissue Viability Service (address below). All patients must have a referral from their GP surgery or healthcare professional e.g. practice nurse, district nurse.

If you are a healthcare professional and need to refer a patient to Tissue Viability or Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, please visit the Joint Clinic Booking page.

Please note that we do not accept self-referrals.

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Who is this service for?

Patients over the age of 18 with a deteriorating wound or a wound that has been present for more than six weeks and is failing to progress. Additionally it is available to all health professionals managing patients with a wound.

Diabetic patients with foot wounds

People with diabetes need to understand the importance of taking good care of their feet. Any diabetic person with a foot wound should be referred to our Podiatry service.


Information for care homes and nursing homes 

There are three wound pathways to follow before you consider referring a patient to the Tissue Viability service. These are:

Evidence of the date these pathways commenced and wound measurements are advised to help demonstrate if there is an improvement to the wound.

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Contact us

Tissue Viability Service North Somerset Community Partnership Pill Clinic 3 Station Road Pill BS20 0AB

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Case studies

Annie H., 71 years old

Four weeks prior to tissue viability service involvement.

Annie had a large open breast wound following surgery for cancer. The wound required daily dressings and fluid from the wound constantly leaked on her clothes. Negative pressure wound therapy was applied and immediately Annie's quality of life improved. The device enabled the dressings to be changed three times weekly and there was no leaking.

This therapy continued for four weeks and on discontinuation of negative pressure the wound was clean and small and could be managed with a small conventional dressing. It was completely healed two months later.

"I had surgery for cancer and was coming to terms with this diagnosis when I developed this wound. The wound was being dressed by the community nurses and every night my dressings leaked covering my clothes and my bed in blood. The nurses referred me to the Tissue Viability Service and they started a VAC. I can’t thank the service enough as immediately things improved for me. The blood was sucked into a canister which kept me dry and clean and the wound started to heal very quickly. My son was worried as he likes to take me out to dinner and before having the treatment I would not go out as I was afraid the dressing might leak. I now have a healed wound and I am please to say I am enjoying my life again."

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