Community Nursing Award winner: Deep Vein Thrombosis Specialist Team

Community Nursing Award winner: Deep Vein Thrombosis Specialist Team

SEQOL Specialist Treatment Centre

The SEQOL service, led by Jo Boyd, is the first in which a nurse uses ultrasound to confirm or exclude deep vein thrombosis in the community, keeping patients out of hospital and dramatically reducing the need for anticoagulants. Very few patients were receiving timely ultrasounds and, in 2014, 1,476 patients received an average of three unnecessary doses of anticoagulants while waiting. Jo earned ultrasound competency, enabling patients to be assessed, diagnosed, treated and reviewed in one place. Previously, only 20% of patients received a scan within 24 hours and 4% at initial consultation these figures are now 97% and 94% respectively. Patients written feedback is consistently positive.

Picture credit: Chris Balcombe

The Community Nursing Award is supported by Primary Health Care and sponsored by Superdrug.



Superdrugs purpose is simply to be the best in everyday accessible beauty and health. Superdrug has an estate of more than 800 stores, and employs 12,500 colleagues. At the moment, 200 stores have pharmacies, with pharmacy consulting rooms. Superdrug also has 24 stores with nurse clinics offering health checks, travel vaccinations and much more. The health and wellbeing offering ensures that Superdrug customers receive accessible, professional advice, always given in a friendly and confidential environment. Health care is an integral part of Superdrugs business, and it is committed to offer customers the best service and advice on the high street. Find out more at