Outpatient Nursing Team
The team of outpatient nurses are lead by Sarah Balmforth (Matron for OPD as well as Nurse Practitioner), Elizabeth Pearson and Angela Riella, Hand Nurse Practitioners with their own caseload and patients. We are a team of 16 (10.85 wte) with a variety of registered nurses and Health Care Assistants, who are trained to NVQ level. We also have 2 RSCN to cover our paediatric service within the establishment.
The outpatient service sees approximately 700 patients a week. These are distributed into new elective, new trauma and follow-up clinics.
We also have dedicated nurse led clinics, reviewing approximately 120 patients per week – a caseload of both post-op elective and trauma patients, with varying conditions e.g carpal tunnel release, fasciectomies etc. We also provide expertise in tissue viability issues, e.g. poly-trauma injuries to the hand and lower limb.
We work in close conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team (surgeons, therapists, secretariat) with communication being the key issue in the efficient running of the department.