Anstey Road, AltonHampshire GU34 2QX
Monday - Friday8:00am to 6:30pm
Sister Jane Barker and community Health Care Assistant Catherine Shenton.
Thursday 9.00 to 1.00 and 2.00 to 4.00 by appointment.
The morning is for treatment and the afternoon for prevention.
Sister Barker is one of the local district nurse sisters and the area’s leg ulcer nurse specialist. The clinic is supported by the other local leg ulcer nurse specialists and practice nurses from the local practices.
A leg ulcer is a wound below the knee that has been present despite treatment for at least six weeks. Our practice nurses are happy to see ulcers in the early stages and many will be healed before the need for this specialist clinic.
The clinic provides a full assessment, help, support, advice including educational material, treatment and, if necessary, referral to a vascular consultant. Most patients come weekly until their ulcers are haling when the time interval can be extended. Records are kept on a computer which allows the nurses to take regular pictures of wounds which can be saved and compared week by week.
The clinic has a relaxed and happy atmosphere, especially as wounds are healing and patients getting better. The ulcer that lasted for years and years is largely a thing of the past.
The afternoon clinic’s is for those who have had ulcers, who wear elastic stockings to prevent ulcers or those who have worries about their legs with swelling or varicose veins. Once a year everyone is offered a full assessment, with circulation test, blood pressure and blood tests. (especially for sugar) Advice is offered on toenail care, skin care and on which type of stocking to use and how to get them on!
We feel these checks are essential to prevent ulcers recurring and to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.
You can refer yourself to the clinic, although most are referred from their GP or practice nurse. Please ring your practices phone number for an appointment.