Little is known about the condition of lymphoedema
SOUTH Bucks Hospice supported National Lymphoedema Awareness Week which took place from September 15-22 and aimed to raise awareness of this chronic, progressive condition, which affects more than 200,000 people of all ages in the UK and Ireland.
Lymphoedema is a chronic, long-term permanent condition that can affect any area of the body most commonly affecting the limbs. It results from poor drainage of the body’s lymphatic system.
There are many causes of lymphodema, including cancer or its treatment.
South Bucks Hospice’s Lymphoedema Clinic, which is based in Hazlemere, is the only one of its kind specialising in this type of treatment in the local area and treats more than 400 patients who rely on the service. Frances Wallington has been a lymphoedema therapist with South Bucks Hospice for the last 10 years
Little is known about the condition or that there is no funding in government budgets to treat it in this area. The services at the clinic are provided free of charge to those who need them and the charity relies on generous donations to continue its work.
Frances Wallington, lymphoedema therapist who has been with South Bucks Hospice for 10 years, said: “The most rewarding part of my job is working with our lovely patients – it’s a fantastic feeling to see that our work makes a difference.
“We have a wonderful team at Cedar Barn and all support each other to provide the best possible outcome for our patients. Please spread the word about lymphoedema and our work – even if you just tell one person about the condition, you are helping raise vital awareness.”
South Bucks Hospice will be expanding the lymphoedema clinic in 2017 when the build of our new community hospice is complete.
If you would like to support the lymphoedema clinic, fundraise or would like more details, call 01494 464045 or visit www.sbh. org.uk.
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