Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Intravenous (IV) therapy

Intravenous (IV) therapy is the fastest way of getting medications and fluids into the body, by infusing them directly into a vein through an injection or drip.

Our IV therapy team makes sure that every patient receiving this treatment gets the best possible care, using the most appropriate device in the right place at the right time, following the National Standards for Infusion Therapy.

The team is made up of two clinical nurse specialists and one intravenous therapy nurse.

The clinical nurse specialists provide clinical expertise and education, and manage the day-to-day running of the service, while the intravenous therapy nurse provides clinical support and expertise on wards.

You can read about the devices used in IV therapy in the leaflets the team has produced, which are available to download below.



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