Wound care service shortlisted for national award

The wound care service at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital, in Harrow, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The independent hospital service, for people with leg ulcers and post-operative wounds, is seen as an exemplar for best practice and its introduction has led to reduced pressure on the neighbouring NHS hospital.

Mary and LindaIts creators, tissue viability nurse Mary Bond and clinical outpatient manager Linda Gleeson, are now delighted to learn that the service has been shortlisted for a LaingBuisson Award for excellence in risk management.

Linda said: “This is a great endorsement for a service that Mary and I have developed over the last 10 years. We are both extremely passionate about wound care and customer care, and we are thrilled with the news.”

The LaingBuisson Awards recognise and celebrate industry excellence and innovative services in the public, private and third sectors. Mary and Linda will join colleagues at BMI Healthcare for the awards ceremony in London.

Hospital executive director David Marshall said: “Mary and Linda’s contribution to patient care is wonderful and we are all proud that the improvement that they have been able to make for patients, not just in this hospital but also wider afield, has been recognised nationally.”

In setting up the service, Mary and Linda ensured the team obtained a diploma and training in the Management of Leg Ulcers and Tissue Viability at the Thames Valley and Buckinghamshire Universities. As result, the team can provide support and advice:

  • To patients and their carers on managing wounds outside the hospital environment
  • To a team of multi-speciality Consultants, nurses and GPs on site
  • On clinically supported consumables which enhance patient recovery
  • On best practice and advice on standards to other BMI Healthcare hospitals
  • On cross referral management of patients with complex health issues between BMI Healthcare hospitals and primary care

International and UK patients continue to visit the wound care service post hospital discharge and by their own preference as a result of the great work, and on-going care provided during the clinics.

Mary and Linda have led the BMI Healthcare steering group on wound care. They share best practice, guidelines, up to date policies and invaluable in-house training sessions.  Their commitment to excellence and input has enabled nurses to use this training towards their revalidation. The team, at the invitation of Molnlycke (leading suppliers of surgical and wound management products), presented at the nationally recognised Harrogate Wound Care UK Conference and were featured in the Wounds UK publication for best practice.

Case study

Barbara Rose, from Kesgrave, near Ipswich, Suffolk UK, spent three months in the Clementine Churchill Hospital from February 2016 after undergoing traumatic spinal surgery, with a high chance of mortality. She had had some pain from a previous operation to correct a curvature of the spine - scoliosis – which had been carried out at another hospital. She had been having some pain and then developed a massive infected boil at the base of her spine.

Consultant spinal surgeon Mr Sean Molloy and Mr Awwad Awwad Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, operated on Mrs Rose. Then followed several hours each day in theatres for extensive wound dressing by Mary Bond.

The wound extended from neck to the lower torso and affected her posture and mobility. Two months on from discharge, Mrs Rose has fully recovered and has complete mobility. She owes her rapid and successful recovery to the dedication, skill, knowledge and care she received:

“Mr Molloy carried out two operations to remove some metalwork and a large amount of infected tissue near my spine,” she said. “The wound was very deep in places and I understand my spine was in view. I was in intensive care for three days and then in my room at the Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow. From the first operation, I had an Avance Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) pump applied to the whole wound and this remained in place for over 14 weeks.

“Throughout my stay in CCH I had full support from Mary Bond the Tissue Viability Nurse. She made sure there was a sterile environment in theatre for dressing changes. Mary also gave me her phone number in case I had any concerns while she was not on duty. She fully explained the procedures and I was able to use the internet to understand the process.

“I was pain free during my stay even though the wound was very deep. After 105 days, I was allowed home with a smaller NPWT pump and nursing back up organised by CCH. The wound is now completely healed and I am pain free for the first time in several years.

“I am so very grateful for the dedication, expertise and knowledge of Mary and I am sure I owe her my survival after the operation.”

Mrs Rose is the former manager of the Felixstowe Citizens Advice Bureau, where she still volunteers.

Categories: Awards

Date: 30th November 2016