Consultant Haematologist Wins National Award
Consultant Haematologist Tamara Everington has was won an award from national charity Lifeblood for her leadership on blood clot prevention at Salisbury District Hospital.
The hospital is now an ‘Exemplar’ site on blood clot prevention and now helps other Trusts to learn from the work carried out at Salisbury District Hospital and enable them to build on their own systems.
Immobility, combined with short or long term disease, is the main cause of blood clots, which can form in the veins (deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). Together they are known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) and can affect around 1 in 2000 people each year in the community.
Dr Everington said: “Over the past two years we have done a considerable amount of work around VTE prevention and patients now receive an assessment to see whether they are at risk of developing blood clots while in hospital. We also use our experience and knowledge developed here to provide advice and share best practice with other hospitals across the country.”
Dr Everington added: “I’m thrilled to receive this award which reflects the work of the whole team and the improvements that have been made in this important area of patient care.” Ends
Notes to editors
1. Blood clotting provides us with essential protection against severe loss of blood from an injury to a vein or artery. However, blood is only supposed to clot when it is outside a blood vessel, and clotting within an artery, or vein, can be dangerous.
2. A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein. The DVT usually forms in a deep leg vein, and can cause immobility (lack of movement). Deep leg veins are the larger veins that run through the muscles of the calf and thigh. A DVT can form across all, or part, of the width of your vein, which can block your blood flow either completely or partially. A DVT usually develops in the calf, but it sometimes also occurs in the thigh. Occasionally, other deep veins in the body are affected. Inflammation of surface veins (superficial phlebitis) is much less serious.
3. All hospitals should have systems in place to see whether patients are at risk of developing VTEs while in hospital. Assessments enable staff to identify low and high risk patients and ensure that each patient is given the right level of treatment to prevent clots forming.
4. Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity. Its role is to increase awareness of thrombosis among the public and health professionals and to raise research funds to improve patient care through improved prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolic disease. More information can be found at: www.thrombosis-charity.org.uk
5. Tamara Everington won the Best VTE Prevention in Clinical Practice, Doctor Category award.
For further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170