Diabetes, vascular and wound care centre

The Diabetes, Vascular and Wound Care Centre is leading the way in treating patients with complex wounds and vascular conditions which can result from diabetes.

Led by Stella Vig, Josh Derodra, Malcolm Prentice and Richard Savine, the centre is one of only a handful in the country which provides integrated care for patients with these conditions.

The Unit consists of two refurbished wards (Fairfield 1 and 2) and a provides the following:

  • 20 bed diabetes ward
  • 20 bed vascular surgery ward
  • 4 en suite “negative pressure” isolation rooms for those with serious infections
  • Vascular ultrasound facility
  • One-stop clinic for rapid assessment of wound problems
  • Vascular physiotherapy facility
  • Training, research and development

People with diabetes are prone to serious wounds which can lead to amputation of lower limbs, many of which are preventable.  The new centre brings together teams of podiatrists, vascular surgeons, nurses, educators, and diabetes specialists, working together to offer the optimum treatment and care for these patients.

The centre offers treatment and support for people with complex wounds both in and out of hospital, giving them rapid access to experts when they need it.

Early intervention can prevent the more drastic results from open wound infections. That means fewer amputations have to be carried out and patients benefit from less invasive treatments.

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