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Service Name:

Exeter Lymphoedema Service

 

Directorate:

Cancer Services

 

Specialty:

Lymphoedema

 

General description of what the service does:

Assesses, treats  and supports patients with the management of primary and secondary lymphoedema

 

What is Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is a tissue swelling caused by a build up of lymph, which is a normal body fluid, usually in the arms or legs, but sometimes in other parts of the body. Normally the lymphatic network of fine tubes drains lymph and returns it to the bloodstream but when the system is not working properly, lymphoedema can occur.

 

Where are you located:

RD&E Heavitree Hospital level 1

 

Treatments and procedures done:

Compression treatments with garments and/or multi- layer lymphoedema bandaging, skin care and exercise.

 

Medical conditions treated:

Primary and secondary lymphoedema

 

Wards you work with:

We run an out patient service

 

Contact phone numbers:

01392 405655 for the lymphoedema office.

 

Contact email addresses:

lymphoedemanursespecialists@nhs.net

 

Brief description of what staff makes up your team:

This is a nurse- led clinic

Lead Nurse: Alison Authers
Specialist nurses: Jayne Fahy and Michele Tiltman
Specialist Staff Nurse: Maggie Ruggles
Consultant support from Consultant Dermatologist Carolyn Charman

 

Opening times:

Daily out patients clinics ( no cover for nurses holidays, study leave etc.) 08:30 – 17:00

 

List of any charity partners:

Macmillan Cancer support

 

Details of patient user / support groups:

The local support group meets twice a year

 

Divisional Director Specalist Services:

John Groom

 

Clinical Director:

Tina Grose, Lead Cancer Nurse

 

Cluster Managers Cancer Services:

Louise Tillotson and Fran Lowery

Call 111 when its less than urgent