The Lymphoedema Clinic began in 2004 and treatments are carried out by specialist nurses and therapists over 3 days each week.
The lymphatic system drains fluid that surrounds cells within the skin, back into the general circulation through a network of channels and nodes. These can become blocked if they are damaged by trauma, disease, surgery or radiotherapy and the result will be swelling in the tissues (secondary lymphoedema).
Any part of the body can be affected, although it is most common in the arms and legs. The swelling causes uncomfortable feelings of tightness and heaviness and can severely affect quality of life. Part of the treatment is the process of manual lymphatic drainage. This is a very gentle and relaxing face and body treatment carried out by trained therapists. It is achieved through gentle, rhythmical circling movements that stimulate the removal of the fluid and allow it to drain back into the lymphatic system. For further information about lymphoedema services, please telephone 01724 270835.
There is also a Lymphoedema Support Group, open to anyone with Lymphoedema, which runs from 12 noon until 2pm. Call 01724 854907 for further information and to register.
ELECTRONIC PATIENT RECORD AND SHARING OF INFORMATION
Lindsey Lodge Hospice uses a clinical computer system called SystmOne which allows us to record patient information securely onto a computer. This information can then be shared with other clinicians involved in your care so that everyone is fully informed about your medical history, including medication and allergies.
When you register with Lindsey Lodge, clinicians at other organisations that care for you (e.g. GP Surgery, Macmillan Nurses) and use SystmOne will be able to see the information we have recorded for you. For example, a MacMillan Nurse that visits you would be able to see the data entered by clinical staff at Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
If you are not happy for your records to be shared, please discuss it with us.