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Don't be afraid to ask for help

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Frank Turner who was diagnosed in April with a pressure ulcer on the heel of his foot, backed a campaign by Medway Community Healthcare to get people to check their skin for signs of pressure damage.

Pressure ulcer - Frank Turner and June Seifriss Frank Turner, 81, Rochester

Frank explains: "The area on my foot became bright red and was increasingly painful, particularly at night when lying in bed would put pressure on it. I would hang my foot out of the bed all night to stop the pain.”

After a visit to his GP, Frank was put in touch with the wound therapy team who advised him the wound was a pressure ulcer, applied appropriate dressings and arranged for him to be cared for by the community nurses team who regularly visit him to assess and dress the pressure ulcer.

The team have also loaned Frank a pressure-relieving mattress, which sits on top of his own mattress to relieve the pressure on his heel and give the ulcer a chance to heal.

Frank continues: "My advice would be to pay attention to your skin. I wouldn't have known that I had a sore on my foot without the help of my friend June who noticed that it was very red.

"Don't be afraid to ask the wound therapy team to take a look, if it is a pressure ulcer it needs to be seen quickly or it will only get worse.”

Although seen most often in people aged over 70 years of age, anyone with restricted mobility including people who are very ill and older people are at increased risk because they are less likely to move around frequently. People who use wheelchairs are also at risk due to being in a seated position for a long period of time.

Contact the wound therapy team for help and advice on treating and preventing pressure ulcers on 01634792072 or visit www.medwaycommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/changeyourskin