Worthing Hospital’s Castle Ward Manager, Liane Seymour, has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of her valuable contribution to patient care and pressure ulcer preventions.
Liane has been dedicated to building her team and highlighting the causes, effects and treatment of pressure injuries on Castle Ward, which specialises in diabetes and endocrine.
Pressure ulcers, also known as pressure sores and bed sores, occur when there is constant pressure or friction on the skin. This causes damage to the skin and underlying tissue, particularly in people with reduced mobility.
Liane’s efforts were recognised by the Trust’s Tissue Viability Team, who are responsible for the management and prevention of pressure damage.
They use their specialist knowledge, skills and experience to deliver advice and support on the prevention and treatment of wounds such as pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and surgical wounds.
Liane said: “Pressure sores can have a massive impact on the patient. They can be painful and patients can become reluctant to turn, so things can escalate if it’s not dealt with efficiently.
“If patients stay here longer due to pressure sore management, this can then have an impact on the hospital’s capacity.
“The safety and wellbeing of our patients is our top priority and this recognition is testament to that.
“It’s really nice to receive recognition, but it is not just me, it’s a whole team effort.”
Clare Semple, a Tissue Viability Nurse who presented Liane with the award, said: “Liane is amazing. Since taking over Castle Ward she has worked tirelessly to improve patient care with preventing and managing pressure damage on her ward. She strives to improve patient care daily and is a fantastic role model for her staff.”