Gobowen hospital handles the pressure well


Emily Davies

A BBC One television series has highlighted the good practice at The Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen.

The Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries and Clwyd Ward were featured as part of an NHS reforms special by the corporation’s regional Inside Out programme last Monday (January 21), which focused on pressure ulcers.

The hospital was the only in the West Midlands to not record any severe pressure sores last year and has not had any grade three or four pressure ulcers - the two most severe types - for the last six years.

Also known as bed sores, the condition is caused when pressure restricts blood flow to the skin. Most are small, but some can lead to serious complications.

The programme also asked how safe it is for patients to be in hospital, after the obtaining data under the Freedom of Information Act that revealed 40 per cent of serious hospital incidents reported across England relate to pressure ulcers, even though the issue can be easily avoided.

Director of Nursing, Jayne Downey, explained The Orthopaedic Hospital was approached by series producers last year.

She said: “We take great pride in our very low incidence of pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores. We take great care in nursing our patients and in ensuring their skin integrity, involving patient education, their nutrition and regularly turning patients who need assistance.”

Presented by Mary Rhodes, the film, which was filmed on January 3, also featured Matron Julie Roberts and Nurse Consultant Alison Lamb.

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