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New chronic wound clinic set to open at The Mornington Centre

Dr Angel Lee and Meagan Shannon at The Mornington Centre. 

People with chronic wounds will be able to access specialist treatment and support at Peninsula Health’s The Mornington Centre, when the Chronic Wound Clinic opens next month.

A chronic wound is a skin wound that doesn’t heal, heals slowly or heals but tends to recur.

“People with wounds present for more than four weeks are eligible to be referred to the clinic by a medical practitioner,” explains Head of Geriatrics, Dr Anjali Khushu.

“The clinic will provide them with medical advice and a management plan for their chronic wound, including appropriate dressing products, dietary advice and suggested lifestyle changes.”

The clinic will be run by geriatrician Dr Angel Lee and specialist wound care nurse Meagan Shannon, who will work with each clients’ GP and healthcare team to ensure the best outcome.

For further information contact – 1300 665 781. Referral information for medical practitioners is available here.

Causes of chronic wounds*

Some of the many causes of a chronic skin wound can include:

  • Being immobile (pressure injuries or bed sores), where persistent localised pressure restricts blood flow
  • Significant trauma injury to the skin
  • Surgery – incisions (cuts made during operations) may become infected and slow to heal
  • Deep burns
  • Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or some types of vascular disease
  • Specific types of infection such as the Bairnsdale or Buruli ulcers (Mycobacterium ulcerans)
  • Trophic ulcers, where a lack of sensation allows everyday trauma to lead to an ulcer – such as in diabetic neuropathy and leprosy

*Source: Better Health Channel