Patient Grateful for Wound Care Close to Home

May 21, 2024

Hyperbaric Medicine Helps with Healing

Robert Tyler-Nelson, 79, received radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer, and afterward it was necessary for him to be treated at Anna Jaques Hospital’s Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center for pain associated with his bladder. Hyperbaric Medicine is a medical treatment administered by delivering pressurized 100 percent oxygen to a patient in an enclosed chamber. The pure oxygen promotes and accelerates the healing process.

Anna Jaques Hospital’s Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center was the first center in Massachusetts to receive full accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). The center at Anna Jaques Hospital proudly boosts a healing rate of 95 percent. Anna Jaques’ center is one of only four with this accreditation from UHMS.

After receiving his cancer treatment at Anna Jaques Hospital, Tyler-Nelson said he was pleasantly surprised and very thankful to find out there was an accredited wound center at AJH so close to his home in Byfield where he could receive the treatments.  He credits the team of nurses in the Anna Jaques' Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center with making the healing process easier. “They are such wonderful staff that see beyond the patient,” he said. “This is a scary thing to go through, and the nurses are the ones that make it bearable.”

Tyler-Nelson said recently he has spent a lot of time at Anna Jaques Hospital, and can’t imagine getting care anywhere else. “I have friends who go to Boston, and I think why?” you can get all the care you need right here at AJH, he said.

When To Seek Treatment at the Wound Care Center

  • You have a wound that has not healed after 30 days
  • You have a sore with increasing pain, redness, swelling, foul odor, or change in color
  • You have a surgical wound that has become infected

Anna Jaques' Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center staff will develop specialized treatment plans to get you feeling well again. We are experts at caring for people whose wounds have resisted traditional treatments.

How To Start Healing

  • Your primary care physician may refer you to the center or you may call us directly at 978-463-1303.
  • We inform your primary care physician about your treatment program and progress, and you will return to your doctor for follow-up care once your wound is healed.
  • Most of our treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs, and other private insurance plans.

The Anna Jaques Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.

About Anna Jaques Hospital

Anna Jaques Hospital is a 119-bed not-for-profit community hospital serving the Merrimack Valley, North Shore and Southern New Hampshire. With 1,200 employees and more than 200 physicians on staff, Anna Jaques is recognized for delivering high quality community health care with an emphasis on patient satisfaction.

Anna Jaques Hospital is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,700 physicians, and 39,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through ground-breaking research and education.