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Nurses at new specialist wound care centre to trial app

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A new specialist wound medicine centre, which recently opened in Kent, is to trial an innovative new digital application – or “app” – that should help nurses to monitor pressure ulcers.

The centre at Victoria Hospital in Deal opened its doors to patients at the end of October and was officially opened last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We are already seeing the real difference this centre is making to our patients”

Nicola Osborne

It is staffed by advanced wound nurses supported by tissue viability specialist nurses and has already treated nearly 50 patients.

Its daily clinic means every patient in Deal with a chronic, complex or surgical wound will now have access to specialist care. It is hoped a second clinic room will be opened later this year.

The centre has been kitted out with the latest equipment, including specialist chairs, couches and trolleys, via a £20,000 donation from the Deal Hospital League of Friends.

It will also be piloting an innovative new app to support clinicians to heal wounds and pressure ulcers faster, said Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the centre.

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Nurses at new specialist would care centre to trial app

Some of the Deal centre’s nursing team

The WoundMatrix app has been created through an international partnership between the trust and the US-based technology company WoundMatrix.

Nicola Osborne, the trust’s head of adult clinical services for South Kent Coast, said the app would support “our nurses to track the healing rates of their patients’ wounds, by taking photographs and measuring the length and width of each wound at every appointment”.

“Nurses, who already use tablets in the community, will be able to use this during home visits and beam the results to our centre for them to be looked at by our experts and get instant advice,” said Ms Osborne.

She added: “We are already seeing the real difference this centre is making to our patients and to our GP colleagues caring for patients with complex wounds, who are being supported by our team.”

Trust chief executive Paul Bentley said: “We have opened a number of wound medicine centres and every single one of them makes a difference to the quality of care our patients receive.

“For some patients, who have struggled for years, it relieves their pain and gives them back mobility and this is testament to the excellent care of our teams,” he said.

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