This nurse led service specialises in the prevention of and
treatment of complex wounds.
The tissue viability service is part of the County Durham and
Darlington Community Health Services specialist services
directorate. The clinical team consists of three specialist nurses
and an administrator. The service is currently available to any
patient of any age who is registered with a County Durham or
Darlington GP and who has pressure ulcer prevention needs or has a
wound healing problem.
A wound can be described as a break in the skin, it can be
superficial or complex; closed or open, caused by having an
operation, an accident or an underlying medical problem.
Although the body is 'programmed' to heal itself for some people
healing is delayed or does not happen at all. This can have a
significant impact on their lives, causing many problems including
pain and discomfort. Tissue viability specialises in dealing
with these problems and reducing their effect on your life by:
Tissue viability referral criteria for your health care
What are the hours of operation?
9.00am - 5.00pm
Monday - Friday
The team consist of:
Richard Buckland - tissue viability service team lead
Sue Maguire - tissue viability specialist nurse
Kay Thornton - administrative assistant
The team can be contacted on: Tel. 0191 5692970
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham