Lymphoedema is a swelling that develops because of a build-up of fluid in the body's tissues. This happens when the lymphatic system which normally drains the fluid away, isn't working properly. It can occur in any part of the body, but is most likely to affect an arm or a leg. There are many causes of lymphoedema, it can be hereditary, it can occur as the result of disease, or as a result of treatment for a disease such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy or an operation.
Dr Kershaw's Hospice is proud to be supporting and delivering a new lymphoedema service in partnership with Pennine Care to offer care and support to people living with this lifelong condition from right across the borough.
Patients can be referred to the lymphoedema clinic at the Hospice by their GP, District Nurse or other healthcare professional. At an initial consultation our specially trained staff will undertake an assessment of the patient's condition. This assessment will cover the four cornerstones of treatment for lymphoedema:
1. Skincare – to help prevent infection
2. Compression – affected limb are measured and following a discussion with the patient, the appropriate garment will be prescribed.
Patients will be shown the appropriate exercises and massages techniques which should help reduced/control their lymphoedema.
If you or someone you know is in need of our services, please speak to your/their healthcare professionals to be referred to the Hospice Lymphoedema Service.