Cellulitis service celebrates ten years of success
19 April 2015
The Day Assessment Unit at the hospital recently celebrated ten successful years of its cellulitis infection home treatment pathway, which now sees over 100 patients a year.
And it's a service that has grown in that ten years, thanks in
no small part to more GPs referring patients and more people being
aware of it, especially as many patients have recurrent
Cellulitis is an acute bacterial skin infection that is most
common and severe in older people, although it can occur at any
age. Typically it affects people with chronic swelling of the legs
- hence the picture on the cake - caused by vein or lymphatic
trouble, but can also affect arms, the abdomen and even the
Consultant in infectious disease, John Day, helped start the
service which has made a real difference for patients who
previously required a one week stay in hospital for antibiotic
injections. He said: "After initially starting their treatment in
the hospital patients receive intravenous antibiotics in the
comfort of their own home from community nurses and this service
certainly would not have been a success without them.
"And without the service it would have meant people taking up
vital hospital beds, showing the treatment pathway was something of
a trendsetter in helping patients get the right care at home."
Prior to cutting the cake Dr Day thanked the entire Day
Assessment Team for their decade of dedication and flexibility.