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18 October 2017

Specialist wound centre opened in Sevenoaks by Sir Michael Fallon MP

A specialist wound medicine centre has been officially opened at Sevenoaks Hospital by the town’s MP, Sir Michael Fallon.

Joined by Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust’s (KCHFT) Chief Executive Paul Bentley and Chairman David Griffiths, Sevenoaks MP Sir Michael Fallon cut the ribbon watched by dozens of guests last week (Friday, 13 October).

They were joined by Sevenoaks’ League of Friends Chairman Ian Philip and President Roger Hope, KCHFT’s Sevenoaks Governor Jo Naismith and satisfied patients.

The centre, which opened its doors in May, is staffed by advanced wound nurses supported by tissue viability specialist nurses. The clinic means every patient in Sevenoaks with a chronic, complex or surgical wound will now have access to specialist care.

Thanks to a generous £13,000 donation by Sevenoaks Hospital League of Friends, the centre has been fitted with the latest equipment, including specialist chairs, couches and trolleys.

Patient Monica Wain, 90, from Sevenoaks, couldn’t praise the care enough.

She said: “They really know what they are doing here and the bandages are so much more comfortable. In two months they healed my wounds. It’s marvellous.”

Patient Jonathan Dann, 84 from Sevenoaks felt the same. He said: “Three years ago I fell down the stairs at home and ended up with some terrible wounds that never healed. Twelve weeks ago I was referred to this centre and there has already been a significant difference. To come here and know someone was really going to take care of me, I am just so grateful.”

Ian Philip, Chairman of the League of Friends, said: “We were delighted to be able to support the wound medicine centre and it’s clearly already making a difference. We are very passionate about supporting this hospital and Sevenoaks patients.”

The opening also included a demonstration of an innovative new wound matrix app we are piloting, which supports clinicians to heal wounds and pressure ulcers faster.

Sue Scott, KCHFT Community Services Director for West Kent, said: “We are incredibly lucky and grateful to be supported by the League of Friends. This centre is a welcome addition to our hospital providing patients with a convenient clinic and faster healing rates.

“We are piloting the use of an app, which will support our nurses to track the healing rates of their patients’ wounds, by taking photographs and measuring the length and width of each wound at every appointment.

“Nurses, who already use tablets in the community, will be able to use this during home visits and beam the results to our centre for them to be looked at by our experts and get instant advice.

“We are already seeing the real difference this centre is making to our patients and to our GP colleagues caring for patients with complex wounds, who are being supported by our team.”

Sir Michael Fallon said: “This new centre is an important addition to our local health services because treating wounds requires specialist ongoing care. Its unique state-of-the-art equipment helps keep Sevenoaks one step ahead in the services it provides.”

Paul Bentley, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted Sir Michael Fallon was able to join us today to officially open this vital service for Sevenoaks patients. Sir Michael is a great advocate and supporter of the hospital and the services it provides to local people.

“We have opened a number of wound medicine centres and every single one of them makes a difference to the quality of care our patients receive. For some patients, who have struggled for years, it relieves their pain and gives them back their mobility and this is testament to the excellent care of our teams.”

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