What is Lymphoedema
Lymphoedema is a build up of lymph fluid in the body’s tissues that causes swelling. It can affect any part of the body. Lymphoedema can occur if there has been damage to the lymph vessels or lymph nodes through certain treatments, trauma or infections.
Some people are either born with a problem with their lymphatic system or have developed medical conditions throughout their lifetime that may affect the lymphatic system. Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that can be managed well.
The Lymphoedema Clinic is based in the Renal Unit at the Churchill Hospital on the same site as Sobell House, and is open 9am to 5pm on weekdays. You can be referred to the clinic by your GP or any other doctor or nurse involved in your care.
Once you are referred you will be sent a letter with your appointment date, time and the name of the lymphedema specialist nurse who will be seeing you, and will most likely be the same nurse you will see for most of your treatments.
You are welcome to bring a close family member or friend with you and your first appointment will last approximately one and half hours. You will be given information about lymphoedema and the treatments available to you. Follow up appointments will take approximately 45 minutes.
Our clinic treats over a 1000 patients a year for relief of symptoms. Following assessment any treatment is primarily composed of:
- Careful skin care
- Compression therapy which involves applying support to the swollen area which can be in the form of a leg stocking, arm sleeve or multi-layer bandaging
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and advice on Simple Lymphatic Drainage (SLD) that can be done at home
The Lymphoedema Clinic can be contacted on 01865 225 864 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and an answer machine is always on for you to leave a message.