The Tissue Viability Service provides specialist assessment, advice and support on all aspects of preventative wound care as well as specialist advice for complex wounds.

The service is offered to individuals in the community, community hospitals, mental health services, nursing and residential homes, GP practices and prisons across Staffordshire and parts of Shropshire. The service also supports the local acute trust vascular outpatient clinics. It encompasses all age ranges, ethnic groups and clients with physical, mental health and learning disabilities.


The service includes:

  • Management of patients with acute, hard to heal or complex wounds
  • Prevention and management of pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and ulcerations of the lower leg including those associated with chronic oedema
  • The management of patients with wounds of complex aetiology such as malignant wounds, burns, sinuses or fistulas
  • Management of patients requiring complex interventions such as Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (commonly known as VAC/NPWT) and conservative sharp debridement.
  • Education, research, policy/guideline development and service improvement.

How to avoid getting a pressure ulcer

The following video presents advice about how to prevent getting sore skin from pressure, caused by not moving or changing position often enough.

Tissue Viability Contact Details

North Service:

Bradwell Hospital
Talke Road

South Service:

Armitage Clinic
Shropshire Brook Road
WS15 4UZ