Abscesses: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure people with venous leg ulcers and other chronic wounds are able to access community and acute care services promptly; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

As set out in the Community Health Services Prioritisation guidance on 19 March, a priority for providers of community services during the pandemic is to ensure that patients cared for at home receive urgent care as and when they need it including wound care if deemed urgent or essential. Services for non-urgent cases are stepping up with full attention to infection prevention and control as the guiding principle.

The National Wound Care Strategy Programme, commissioned by NHS England and Improvement to improve the prevention and care of Pressure Ulcers, Lower Limb Ulcers and Surgical Wounds, is also developing a set of recommendations that they believe will improve wound care and associated outcomes moving forward.

More information on the National Wound Care Strategy Programme is accessible at the following link:

https://www.ahsnnetwork.com/about-academic-health-science-networks/national-programmes-priorities/national-wound-care-strategy-programme

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