Lit­tle is known about the con­di­tion of lym­phoedema

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

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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