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Venous Leg Ulcer Service (North)

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We are a specialist unit developed specifically to provide assessment, treatment, and aftercare for patients with Venous Leg Ulcers in the North locality of West Sussex. We are a team of District Nurses, specially trained to improve healing rates for leg ulcers.

What causes a Venous Leg ulcer?

In a normal leg the veins have the difficult job of transporting blood from the legs and up towards the heart. This is done by; the Calf Muscle pump is the muscle used for walking and exercise. This contracts and relaxes. The valves inside the veins stop the blood flowing back down the leg. These valves can be damaged following deep vein thrombosis, pregnancy, standing or carrying too much weight.Ulcers can happen spontaneously or as a result of injury to the leg.

What is a Venous Leg Ulcer?

This is a wound to the lower leg that can be slow to heal after 6 weeks. They can have the appearance of craters or holes and vary in colour and size and can be painful.

Our aim is to improve the quality of life for people with or at risk of venous leg ulcers. Through the delivery of clinically effective care and advice, we hope to improve healing and to reduce the risk of recurrence.

  • Service Location:
    • Burgess Hill
    • Crawley
    • East Grinstead
    • Haywards Heath
    • Horsham
  • How To Access:
    You can be referred into the service by your GP who will contact:

    Sussex Community Trust, OneCall North
    Tel:01293 228311
    Fax: 01293 600399
    Email: SC-TR.OneCall-North-Referralsonly@nhs.net
  • Contact Details:
    Sussex Community Trust
    OneCall North
    Tel: 01293 228311
    Fax: 01293 600399
    Email: SC-TR.OneCall-North-Referralsonly@nhs.net
    Referrals by GPs or health professionals only.
  • Opening Hours:
    Horsham Hospital
    Clinic Room, Rainbow Unit
    Thursday pm
    2 clinics

    East Grinstead Health Centre
    Clinic room 30
    Tuesday pm
    Thursday pm

    Haywards Heath Health Centre
    Clinic Room 2
    Friday all day

    Hassocks Health Centre
    Monday am
    Wednesday am (assessments)
    Thursday pm

    Crawley Hospital
    Planned Treatment Centre, 4th Floor
    Monday am
    Wednesday am
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