Lymphoedema Service

Lymphoedema Services

Supporting patients with lymphoedema

The St Luke’s Lymphoedema Service is here to treat and support patients aged 18 years and over with Primary and Secondary lymphoedema.

The service is run jointly by St Luke’s Hospice, Cheshire Community Integrated Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Care.

We accept referrals via GPs, consultants, nurses and other health care professionals for patients with GPs in South Cheshire, Vale Royal and Bunbury/Tarporley.

The St Luke’s lymphoedema team is made up of two highly skilled nurses Kirsty Sewell-Threadgold and Dawn McManus, who have extensive experience within the community and Hospice and are specialists in lymphoedema management.

What is lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a long-term condition which causes swelling in the body’s tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms and legs. It is caused by a failure of the lymphatic system which can be the result of an inherited genetic condition, cancer treatment, injury or infection.

How is it treated?

There is no cure for lymphoedema but it is possible to manage the main symptoms using techniques to reduce fluid build-up and stimulate the flow of fluid through the lymphatic system.

At our clinic we provide individualised care for our patients based on the four cornerstones of lymphoedema management

  • Skincare – you will be given skin care advice and appropriate use of emollients. Skincare is integral to lymphoedema management and ultimately reducing the risk of infection.
  • Exercise – you will be advised on specific exercises and stretches to aid the movement of lymphatic fluid. We encourage all of our patients to be as active as possible.
  • Hosiery – you may be provided hosiery as part of your management plan.
  • Simple Lymphatic Drainage (Massage) – your nurse will provide an individualised plan for you to massage the area of swelling as part of your daily self-management plan.

Where are the clinics held?

Once a referral is received by the team, the patient will be invited to the Hospice for their first appointment to have an initial assessment, in which a detailed history will be taken. An individualised lymphoedema management plan will be drawn up with the patient to increase supported self-management of their lymphoedema. Initially patients may be seen every few weeks until their lymphoedema is stabilised, treatments will vary from patient to patient dependent on their needs.

Following the first assessment patients will be seen as close to home as possible. Unfortunately we are unable to offer home visits due to the capacity of the service.

We have satellite clinics in:

  • Alsager Medical Centre
  • Ashfields in Sandbach
  • Churchview in Nantwich
  • Eaglebridge in Crewe
  • Weaverham

If you have concerns between appointments, please give us a ring and leave a message. However if this is of an urgent nature please contact your GP or Out of Hours Service, including 111.

St Luke’s Lymphoedema Service 01606 555 682 Monday- Friday 9am–5pm (we don’t work weekends or Bank Holidays).

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Lymphoedema Service

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