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Trust pioneering use of maggots
Mair Fear changes Trevor Pierce's dressing
Mr Pierce has had a badly infected wound for three months
A Devon Primary Care Trust is one of only five in the country using maggots to help NHS patients with infected wounds to heal.

A cross-party group of MPs recently called for wider use of maggots.

Using maggots is a centuries-old way of healing wounds, which they can clean by eating away the rotten flesh.

Plymouth's PCT has been using the sterile greenbottle larvae, which are produced in a laboratory in Wales, since 2004.

Trevor Pierce, who is diabetic, has had a badly infected wound for the past three months.

After having maggots put into the wound on Thursday it should heal within just five days.

"The way it was going it could have been another couple of months before it healed over," said Mr Pierece

"But the maggots are going to do it in a couple of days and I'm going to save the NHS some money."

After having maggots put into the wound on Thursday it should heal within just five days.

Mair Fear from the Plymouth PCT said: "They have been developed within a bio-surgical unit which means the whole environment is sterile and when we put the maggots into the wound they are going in clean and taking away any bacteria and the dead tissue."

The cross-party group of MPs have said if the technique was used much more widely it could save the NHS millions of pounds.

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