Nottinghamshire clinic transforms patient services

The Leg Ulcer Clinic team

by Lisa Wright

A huge transformation has been made to the Oak Tree Lane Health Centre in Mansfield recently where the Leg Ulcer Clinic, provided by County Health Partnerships, is situated.

There was a historical issue surrounding the provision of the Leg Ulcer Clinic (LUC) at the Centre and infection control audits had recommended change or relocation. Following an investigation to look at other sites Oak Tree Lane Health Centre seemed to fit the bill in terms of ease of access but the building was not fit for purpose.

A decision was made to extend the old Health Education Room of the Health Centre to provide an area fit for purpose. Thanks to the local NHS Property Services estates team, which maintains the building for County Health Partnerships, work to refurbish the room with new furniture, fixtures and fittings was completed. The clinic’s facilities now meet the needs of patients, giving them dignity and privacy as well as all Infection Control policies – the Gold Standard if you like.

Leg Ulcer ClinicIMG_0115There are four purpose built clinic rooms which are used twice a week for leg ulcer clinic where approximately twenty patients are seen. This enables Community Nursing staff to undertake four Dopplers a week.  These rooms can also be booked by other services to use when not it use by the clinic.

A change has also been made to the large clean store to provide two smaller store rooms which make better use of the space for the clinics that use the centre and the health centre staff.

During the new build the Leg Ulcer Clinic was transferred temporarily to Bull Farm Primary Care Centre where clinical staff continued to meet the needs of the patients with limited facilities.

The Leg Ulcer Clinic which re-opened to patients on 15 July is a great improvement and a lovely working environment.

Clinic Co-Ordinator, Lynne Davey said about the improvements “Patients who have seen the transformation are thrilled with the brand new facilities”.