Lymphoedema is a chronic (long-term) condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs. There are over 700 people already known to the service in the Western Trust locality.
Outpatient services are provided for lymphoedema at all three hospital sites. Referrals can be made by any health care professional or through your GP via CCG.
The lymphoedema service is responsible for educating patients on the condition and how best to deal with it. Treatments are varied and can include massage, compression bandaging, compression garments, skin care, exercise and advice on maintaining a healthy diet.
For further information and resources please look at the lymphoedema network northern Irelands web page: www.lnni.org