A COUNTY-wide study day involving hospitals, community hospitals and nursing homes is aiming to reduce pressure ulcers in Gloucestershire.

Stop the Pressure, being held in Cheltenham on Wednesday, April 30, will bring together matrons, ward managers and nursing home managers to take co-ordinated action to improve the prevention and early identification of pressure ulcers in both health care and community settings.

The day, jointly organised by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will feature analysis from the Francis and Keogh reports into the NHS alongside practical workshops.

Lucy Woodhouse, Tissue viability lead at Gloucestershire Care Services, said: “Pressure ulcers and the serious impact they can have on health are the responsibility of all organisation providing care.

"We need to be working together to promote prevention of pressure ulcers and stay alert to recognise people at risk, from hospital wards to nursing homes.”

Pressure ulcers, sometimes known as bedsores, usually develop when the skin is placed under pressure for a prolonged period of time, disrupting the blood flow.

A lack of oxygen causes the tissue to break down, leading to the formation of an ulcer. People with health issues and reduced mobility are particularly vulnerable.

About 150 people are expected to attend the event which is taking place at the Sandford Education Centre at Cheltenham General Hospital.