Media Release

NURSES’ DAY 2018 at QEH: ‘The Pressure Ulcer Police’ are unsung heroes

To mark International Nurses’ Day on May 12 and 2018 being the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we are highlighting some unsung heroes at QEH.

They are so well known because their specialist nurse role regularly takes them to every part of the hospital.

Tissue Viability Nurses (TVN) Jane Parker and Rachel Fletcher – otherwise known as The Pressure Ulcer Police – give advice, support and education on the treatment and management of sometimes complex wounds. And they love what they do.

Rachel, who has worked at the Trust for seven years, the last three as a TVN, said: “The satisfaction for us is seeing a wound progress and heal.”

Jane, who began her training here in 1997, is in her fifth year as a TVN with Team QEH.

She said: “Making a difference to a patient’s life is a real pleasure. Some of them might have had their wound, such as a leg ulcer or pressure ulcer, for quite a while.”

The colleagues, who work quite closely with the community through partnership with the Community TVN and the Community District Nurse, like that their role can provide different scenarios every day. A key strand of their work centres on education about pressure ulcer prevention.

Deputy Chief Nurse Val Newton said: “I would like to say thank you to Jane and Rachel for all their work in supporting teams with the care of patients who have wound and pressure ulcers.

“The work undertaken by them over the past few years has led to an improvement in the care and treatment of these areas and has made a difference to patient care and comfort. I know the ward teams value the advice and support they give on a daily basis.”


Photo caption: Rachel Fletcher and Jane Parker

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