Whittington Hospital Tissue Viability Service

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The tissue viability service aims to:

  • Provide specialist advice and support to health care professionals on the management of patients with, or who are 'at risk' of developing chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers.
  • Provide advice on the management of patients who have developed leg ulcers and other types of wounds that are difficult to heal.
  • Advise on the appropriate use of advanced wound care technologies.
  • Reduce and prevent secondary care admissions by early intervention and management of infections.
  • Work closely with the multidisciplinary team in the management of diabetic foot.
  • Develop information and guidance for health professional, patients, carer’s on wound healing and prevention of pressure ulcers.

See Pressure Ulcer Management Page for more details

See Lymphoedema Service Page for more details

Eligibility criteria


Patients, 18 years and over, who live in or have GP in Islington may be referred for:

  • a wound that shows no signs of healing, is slow to heal or deteriorating
  • a wound that has not responded after four weeks of standard care, where the expected/planned outcome is healing.
  • management of fungating wounds
  • all category (grade) 3 and above pressure ulcers or ungradable pressure ulcers.
  • when compression bandaging or hosiery cannot be tolerated by the patient
  • when other advanced wound therapies eg. topical negative pressure wound therapy, larvae
  • advice regarding pressure-relieving equipment and management to prevent pressure ulcer development


  • patients aged <18
  • patients who have not completed the following community care:
    • four weeks of standard care
    • support with leg ulcer management within the practice setting
    • all patients with category (grade) 3 or 4 or ungradable pressure ulcers

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service:

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

A referral form can be found in ISL EMIS under
ISL global documents > Community Nursing Services  > Tissue Viability Service Referral form

e: whh-tr.tissueviability@nhs.net


Community Tissue Viability Service

Operating hours at Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Whittington Hospital Tissue Viability

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