Livewell Southwest will take over the provision of the NHS Lymphoedema service from St Luke’s Hospice on 1 April 2020.
Livewell has worked closely with NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and St Luke’s to ensure a smooth transition for patients using the service and to ensure they continue to experience the same high level of care from Livewell Southwest’s specially trained lymphoedema team.
Appointments will continue to take place at the Turnchapel Clinic.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us from 1 April by calling 01752 246600.
Please note this is a referral-only service and patients will need to be referred via their GP, a clinical nurse specialist or a hospital consultant.
What is lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is a long-term 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.
What is the aim of lymphoedema therapy?
Livewell Southwest’s mission is to support people to live independent, healthy lives and the Lymphoedema Service aims to enable this by empowering people to manage their swollen limbs. Once this has been established and there are no problems with their swelling, patients will be discharged back to their GP.
What do we do?
Our team will support patients through care and tools to help people manage their conditions including through education and treatment.
Care may involve:
- Skin care advice
- Recognising infection
- Guidance on the use of antibiotics
- skin care for patients with lymphorrhoea
- Healthy living and weight management
- Exercise and positioning
- Fitting of compression hosiery
- Manual and self lymphatic drainage
- Compression bandaging
- Kinesiology taping
- Living with lymphoedema