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England Rugby Star Supports Stop the Pressure Campaign

Newsdate: 20 November 2015

Chris Hill with two of his childrenWigan born Chris Hill, England Rugby star has joined forces with two Health providers in Wigan to continue to help to educate local people about pressure ulcer prevention. The campaign is aimed at educating people about the risk of pressure ulcers, an injury to the skin that can lead to serious infection and even death. 

Roughly 1000 people a year die as a direct result of pressure ulcers in England. The aim of the campaign is to provide information about prevention to as many people in the Borough of Wigan as possible including those who are risk of developing pressure ulcers and those who are caring for people who are at risk.

“The vast majority of pressure ulcers are entirely avoidable,” comments Lindsey Bullough, Tissue Viability Nurse from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.  “The Stop the pressure campaign aims at providing a basic level of education about prevention which will help many people to avoid getting pressure ulcers at all.  The steps that can be taken to avoid pressure ulcers are really simple and don’t cost anything.  We are really grateful to Chris for his support in helping us to raise awareness.”

Chris says: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to help raise awareness of this preventable condition.  My mum is a senior nurse at Wrightington Hospital and is a passionate advocate of bed pressure prevention and was really pleased to offer my support when Lindsey asked me to be the face of this year’s campaign”.

Karen Patterson, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Tissue Viability Nurse based in Wigan, added: “Those people who are most at risk are those who have trouble moving and cannot change position themselves, have a poor diet and don’t drink enough fluids, have other related conditions such as incontinence or those who cannot feel pain over part or all of their body.”

If you want to know more about pressure ulcers, how to prevent them and whether you or someone you care for is at risk of developing pressure ulcers visit our awareness day or go to www.stopthepressure.org.uk for more information.  Or visit the information stands at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Hospitals on the 19 November 2015.