Lewis-Manning Partners with AECC University College on ‘Closer to Home’ Lymphoedema Clinics
The Clinics run two days a week and see up to 12 patients a day for initial assessment, reviews and therapy sessions.
The ‘closer to home’ Clinics are funded by cancer charity, Walk the Walk, and run by Senior Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist, Linda Sjollema.
“Our patients are referred by the NHS and come to us from across Bournemouth, Christchurch and West Hampshire. It was really important for us to find a location that made this treatment more accessible from these areas.
“It’s great to have a permanent location for these Clinics, which began as mobile units in Bournemouth and were very popular with our patients.
“We treat secondary lymphoedema; our patients have swelling that is caused by damage to lymph nodes through surgery, or cancer treatment such as Radiotherapy. Two thirds of our patients are breast cancer patients.
“Our partnership with AECC University College is working really well. The feedback from our patients has been really positive. I think a lot of them like to come to an out-patient clinic that is focused on health promotion.”
Director of Clinical and Rehabilitation Services at AECC University College, Dr. Neil Langridge, said: “We are really pleased that the Lymphoedema Clinics are working well and providing an accessible location for patients to get to.
“It’s important to us that we are contributing to community health care and making our facilities available with this in mind.
“Collaborating in this way also gives our students an insight into this treatment, and the patients that benefit so much from it.”
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Walk the Walk are the organisers of the iconic MoonWalk London, where thousands of women and men walk marathons overnight wearing brightly decorated bras. You can find out more here.
Above (L-R): Katherine Kennedy, Clinical Assistant; Linda Sjollema, Senior Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist; Esmarié Jones, Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist.