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Wiltshire VTE and anticoagulation nurses win award

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Nursing staff at Salisbury District Hospital who assess, manage and treat patients for blood clots are celebrating winning a national award.

Nurse-led venous thrombosis and anticoagulation services at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust have received an award from Quality in Care Programme.

“Our VTE and anticoagulation outreach services have been instrumental in helping reduce the number of admissions due to blood clots”

Lorna Wilkinson

They include the trust’s VTE service, which assesses and treats patients in outpatient clinics, and an outreach anticoagulation service that assesses patients in hospital and provides support and guidance for ward staff.

The Quality in Care Programme is run by the PMGroup, a media organisation producing magazines, websites and communications projects to support the pharmaceutical industry.

The programme recognises good practice in patient care and joint working in key therapy areas and allows these schemes to be shared and disseminated at a national level.

Each programme involves the support of healthcare professionals, charities, industry and the NHS.

Lorna Wilkinson, the trust’s director of nursing, said: “Our VTE and anticoagulation outreach services have been instrumental in helping reduce the number of admissions due to blood clots and supporting the screening and assessment of patients within hospital.

“They are leading edge services and a national exemplar site, providing the very best care and treatment for patients and sharing their knowledge and experience with other hospitals across the country,” she said.

Ms Wilkinson added that the awards judges had been impressed by the way in which nurses were used in the role.

“They were also impressed with our streamlined integrated care pathway, collaboration with other departments, the assessment of care and the involvement of people who use the service,” she said.

An awards ceremony was held at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London on 10 September.

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