The News
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Wednesday, 27 January 2024 16:39

August Newsletter

The August issue of the Welsh Wound Network newsletter is now available in English and Welsh

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 August 2023 11:43 )
Health Minister supports STOP Pressure Ulcer Day campaign
Written by Ian Dillon   
Monday, 19 November 2023 13:08

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths has praised efforts in NHS Wales to reduce pressure ulcers, and offered her support on the European STOP Pressure Ulcer Day this Friday November 16.

Pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are a problem for patients with limited mobility, or who sit or lie in one position for long periods of time. They can also lead to patients needing surgery, long stays in hospital and can be potentially life-threatening.

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said:

“The 1000 Lives Plus programme, Health Boards and Trusts have worked to hard and achieved big improvements in Wales. However I want NHS staff, patients and visitors to remain vigilant. This campaign is an important reminder for NHS professionals as well as patients and relatives and I am delighted to support the campaign.

“Pressure ulcers are painful and distressing and can cause unnecessary long stays in hospital, so it’s vital that we work to reduce them.”

Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Professor Jean White, said:

“We have seen great success in tackling pressure ulcers in Wales; Tissue Viability Nurses from across the country work together to ensure that treatment is consistent, safe and high quality.

“The 1000 Lives Plus SKIN bundle has been rolled out in all Welsh hospitals to prevent patients developing pressure ulcers. The approach ensures staff focus on: the surface - the mattress or chair being used by the patients; keeping patients moving; incontinence; nutrition and hydration.

“Hospital wards have seen a reduction in pressure ulcers – often going for hundreds of days without a patient developing one.

“The European STOP Pressure Ulcer Day campaign is a reminder to everyone to ensure patients get the right treatment, and I’m pleased to offer my support.”

Professor Michael Clark is the manager of the Welsh Wound Network and President, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. He said:

“I am sure most people have known a family member who has experienced pressure ulcers while they were ill. Yet they are avoidable, and our campaign is working with health services across Europe to prevent people suffering unnecessarily.”

Support for the STOP Pressure Ulcer day from Wales rugby stars.

The Welsh Wound Network is pleased to share the recent support of the STOP Pressure Ulcer Day by four of Wales' rugby team while preparing for the autumn internationals.

Thanks to Sam Warburton, Ryan Jones, Rob McCusker and Toby Faletau.

Watch out for the STOP Pressure Ulcer Day next year - Thursday 21st September 2013.


Last Updated ( Monday, 19 November 2023 14:50 )
STOP Pressure Ulcer Day
Written by Ian Dillon   
Monday, 15 October 2023 14:09
The first worldwide STOP Pressure Ulcer Day will take place on November 16th 2012. The Welsh Wound Network are firmly committed to the event and have been working over the summer to reach politicians, other professionals and the public on November 16th. You can download a poster on pressure ulcers, a fact sheet setting out pressure ulcers in Europe and a patient and care guide to pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. The document templates are also available should you wish to translate the documents into the Welsh language. If you are planning to translate the documents please let us know so that we can help share the translation.

Please follow this link to view the specially created EPUAP film on pressure ulcers.

If you are planning any events for November 16th let us know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will share the news on this website.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 October 2023 14:36 )
European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Annual conference, Cardiff September 19th - 21st
Written by Ian Dillon   
Monday, 15 October 2023 14:37
Well done Wales! The recent EPUAP annual conference attracted 520 delegates making the meeting the largest ever held by the EPUAP! For those who were at the event you will agree that it was extremely successful and offered a great deal to delegates and the over 35 exhibiting companies. The Welsh Wound Network would like to thank the people who talked about their personal experience of pressure ulcers upon the final afternoon of the event, a session organised by Professor Keith Harding and his team. Let us know if there would be interest and support for the Welsh Wound Network to expand from its present clinician, academic and industry focus to include the voice of people who have personal experience of wounds?
Last Updated ( Monday, 15 October 2023 14:37 )
Next meeting of the Welsh Wound Network
Written by Ian Dillon   
Thursday, 07 June 2023 08:43
The next meeting of the Welsh Wound Network will take place on Friday 20th July at the new Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital in Caerphilly.

The meeting will start at 10.30 (registration from 10am) and end by 3pm.

There will be opportunity to share 5 minute (maximum 3 slide) presentations with delegates. If you would like one of the presentation slots then e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The main part of the meeting will be to agree the steps that will be taken in Wales to support the worldwide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day scheduled for November 16th 2012. Further details of the day can be seen at

Remember to register for the EPUAP annual conference to take place in Cardiff over September 19 - 21 2012.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 June 2023 10:56 )

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