Lymphoedema is a long-term
(chronic) condition that causes swelling in the body's tissues. It
can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms
or legs. It develops when
the lymphatic system doesn't work properly. The lymphatic system is
a network of channels and glands throughout the body that helps
fight infection and remove excess fluid.
The purpose of the service is to
provide assessment, treatment and preventative advice for patients
with complex Lymphoedema.
The Lymphoedema Service aims to
Management of complex
Specialist treatment programmes
for patients with severe or complex Lymphoedema.
In addition we provide
preventative advice on the avoidance of risk factors for those with
mild to moderate Lymphoedema, or those at risk of developing
Comprehensive assessment to
ascertain cause of Lymphoedema in order to treat appropriately, or
to refer on if necessary.
The lymphoedema service is run
by two full time registered nurses holding qualifications in
management of advanced lymphoedema who are trained in provision of
manual lymphatic drainage massage (MLD) and deep oscillation
therapy treatment (DOT).
This service is available Monday
to Fridays to adult patients within County Durham and
Darlington. The service is accessible to patients with
lymphoedema, either cancer or non cancer related, registered with a
general practitioner (GP) in the Durham/Dales, Easington, Peterlee,
Sedgefield, Chester le St and Durham areas. The service is
community based and
Clinics are held at the
Butterwick Hospice, Bishop Aukland, Richardson Community Hospital,
Barnard Castle, Easington Healthworks, Sedgefield community
hospital, Chester le St community hospital and Willowburn hospice
Lanchester ( soon to be re-established).
Home visits are arranged on
specific days with the two lymphoedma practitioners each providing
three days per month.
Referrals can be made by any
health care professional by contacting the administration desk at
the Centre for health, Peterlee for the referral on line form or by
letter including reason for referral and full medical
District nurses may refer via
Telephone: Macmillan team central access team,
Centre for Health, Peterlee 01915692870.
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital