Lymphoedema Service

A Lymphoedema Service is provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust for Worcestershire patients, with clinics held in Pershore Hospital, Kemp Hospice, St Richards Hospice and Primrose Hospice.

Lymphoedema is a chronic and progressive condition related to the accumulation of fluid, which leads to the swelling (oedema) in one or more limbs, or at any point in the body.  The condition can be primary or secondary. Primary lymphoedema is a condition in which people are born with the condition, whilst secondary is caused by a number of external factors, for example cancer, surgery.  These can alter the way the lymphatic system works, through damage or blockage, which can lead to the swelling of the limbs.

Whilst the condition is not curable, it can be managed through a number of treatment options. The options available involve skin care, exercise, compression hosiery, bandaging, manual lymphatic drainage and the teaching of simple lymphatic drainage.  These options are chosen based upon the cause of the lymphoedema, and what is agreed as appropriate.

Patients can be referred by any healthcare professional to the Worcestershire Lymphoedema Service, and can be seen at Primrose Hospice.  Please contact your physiotherapist, District Nurses, GP, or Macmillan Nurse to make a referral.

If you would like further information, please contact the Lymphoedema Service on 01386 502030.