Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust launches new dedicated dressing clinic

Published: 20th November 2023

The first dedicated dressing service in North West London has opened in Soho Centre for Health and Care to better support patients who require wound care.

The dressing clinic, run by Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, has been set up to ensure patients receive hands on specialist clinical care, expert advice, and education to support with wound management and treatment.

It is also expected that the service will help alleviate pressures on same-day emergency care providers such as Accident and Emergency Departments, Urgent Treatment Centres and Walk in Centres, which have been seeing an increase in demand for wound care management.

The new dressing clinic runs Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm via booked appointments and sees patients over the age of 12 years old.

The clinic provides post-operative and post-injury wound care, such as:

  • Removal of sutures/clips
  • Non specialist operative wounds (no vacuum pumps or drains)
  • Minor burns, post-initial burn management and review
  • Post-operative incision and drainage wounds
  • Follow up wound care for soft tissue injuries such as abrasions, lacerations, and flap wounds.*

Rachel Dines, Head of Clinical Services - Bedded Rehab and Walk-In Centres at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This service will ultimately aim to reduce unnecessary presentations to Accident and Emergency Departments, Urgent Treatment Centres and Walk in Centres and support primary care GP practices where there are limited appointments available for dressing care.

“Having this new clinic ensures that patients have a dedicated service for wound care that is safe, organised, and sustainable. We hope that this will help to enhance satisfaction of care among patients with wound care needs.”

How to book an appointment

  • Patients may self-refer and book an appointment by calling the clinic on 020 7534 6543.
  • Patients can be booked by NWL GP surgeries or can be referred from A&E or post-operative hospital wards via the administrator
  • Unfortunately, due to capacity constraints, walk-in patients will not be seen.

*Patients who need support with any other wound care conditions not listed above should contact their local GP. Please see our service page for full eligibility criteria.

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