Lymphoedema Clinic

 
Lymphoedema is the swelling of the limbs and body, due to the accumulation of lymph fluid. If the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged following treatments for cancer, the lymph fluid is unable to drain away resulting in swelling. Although lymphoedema cannot be cured, it is possible to manage and improve the problem. 
 
We offer both long and short term management programmes and provide information and advice on living with lymphoedema. Every patient is given an individual plan of care including treatment and advice on successfully controlling their lymphoedema. This may include: 
  • Skin care - to help prevent infection and promote comfort
  • Exercise - to enhance lymphatic drainage
  • Massage - specialist techniques to promote lymphatic drainage
  • Compression - bandaging or use of compression garments. 
Referral to the service can be arranged by your GP, consultant or specialist nurse involved in your care. We aim to see all new referrals to the service within four weeks.

For further information please contact Julie Shepard on 01904 708553.