Orthopaedic hospital The Horder Centre participated in National Thrombosis Week by encouraging staff to get their blood pumping for a team walk, to raise awareness of the potentially deadly condition.

Members of staff wore red to take part in the fun event at the Crowborough hospital to highlight the importance of keeping active to prevent blood clots. Patients and the public were also offered a wide range of information on thrombosis including symptoms and prevention.

The national awareness event which is celebrated around the country every May, aims to help increase the understanding of thrombosis. Also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and venous thromboembolism (VTE), thrombosis is the formation of potentially deadly blood clots which can form in the artery or vein. This very common condition affects more than 60,000 people every year in the UK and the condition is the number one cause of preventable hospital deaths.

Clinical Services Manager Faye Biggs said: “It was great to see the team coming together to raise awareness of National Thrombosis Week with the walk and by information within the hospital to make more people aware of thrombosis and what they can do to help prevent any problems. As an Exemplar Centre, we take our role seriously of bringing to the public attention the major negative impact of this non-infectious disease on global health.

The Horder Centre currently holds ‘Exemplar’ status, which is awarded by the National VTE Prevention Programme, for its commitment to significantly reduce the risk of venous blood clots occurring in patients.

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The risks associated with developing a venous blood clot are not due to staying in a hospital or clinical setting itself but rather the prolonged immobility patients can endure during their stay, which may cause blood to stagnate in the veins.

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Page last reviewed on 17/05/2019

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