Leg Ulcer Service

The Leg Ulcer Service offers assessment and management of patients with a non-healing leg wound of 4 weeks duration or more.

Who we are

The team consists of registered nurses with a special interest in wound healing supported by Healthcare Assistants.

What we do

We carry out a full assessment to determine the cause of the leg ulcer.  This involves taking a full history of health and lifestyle as well as an assessment of the ulcer.  The assessment will help determine the type of treatment required.

If appropriate, compression therapy will be used to help the ulcer heal.  Once the ulcer has healed then you will be discharged from the clinic.

However, if on assessment it is apparent that compression therapy is not appropriate, then you will be referred back to your general practitioner for ongoing wound care.

How you can access these services

If you are registered with a GP practice in West Somerset, Central Mendip or West Mendip your doctor or nurse can refer you to the Leg Ulcer Service for assessment and treatment of your leg ulcer.  Once we have received your details we will contact you to offer you an assessment appointment.

Clinics are held at the following venues

  • Bridgwater Community Hospital
  • Burnham-on-Sea War Memorial Hospital
  • Millbrook Surgery, Castle Cary
  • Exmoor Medical Practice, Dulverton
  • Minehead Community Hospital
  • Park Gate House, East Reach, Taunton
  • Shepton Mallet Community Hospital
  • Wellington Community Hospital
  • West Mendip Community Hospital
  • Priory House, Wells

Waiting Time

We aim to see all referrals within 6 weeks.

Contact

 Leg Ulcer Patient Line – 01823 346176.  Please leave a message – the answering machine is checked regularly and someone will call you back.