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Lymphoedema Support Suffolk info evening

The next Lymphoedema Support Suffolk (LSS) meeting will take place on Monday, 28 January at the Moreton Hall Community Centre in Bury St Edmunds from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

People living with lymphoedema, the long-term condition that causes painful swelling and restricted mobility, and lipoedema, a long-term (chronic) condition where there's an abnormal build-up of fat cells in the legs, thighs and buttocks, and sometimes in the arms, are welcome to attend.

Lymphoedema Support Suffolk volunteers will be joined by Gylda Nunn, head of integrated therapies and Sharon Basson, head of community nursing, at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. They will give information about the West Suffolk Lymphoedema Service provided by the Trust, and their aims for the service in 2019.

The meeting is also an opportunity for current patients to ask questions and give feedback about their experiences of the service.

Jess Davies, lymphoedema clinical lead at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Lymphoedema and lipoedema can be debilitating conditions and can have a huge impact on someone’s quality of life. We work in partnership with our patients to plan their treatment and support them to identify many self-help factors that allow people to manage their condition and live a healthy and independent life.

“We are able to offer a multidisciplinary team approach to our lymphoedema and lipoedema patients, with physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses and rehabilitation assistants’ involved in the service.”

Lymphoedema is a chronic 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, making it difficult to move.

Gwen Williams, Secretary of Lymphoedema Support Suffolk, which provides reassurance, support and advice on living with and managing lymphoedema and lipoedema, said: “Lymphoedema Support Suffolk meetings include clinical input from WSFT’s lymphoedema service staff so that patients are kept up to date with new treatments, compression garments and service developments. We work with the service to promote awareness of both lymphoedema and lipoedema amongst health care professionals and the public alike, while also fundraising to provide clinical equipment for the benefit of both patients and clinical staff.”

LSS meetings are free to attend, people are encouraged to come along and find out more about living with, and managing, lymphoedema and lipoedema in a relaxed and friendly setting. 

For more information contact:  lssuffolk@gmail.com / lss@lymphoedema

 

 

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The West Suffolk Lymphoedema Service team. Left to right: Kate Laybourne, lymphoedema specialist nurse, Jess Davies, lymphoedema clinical lead, Stefan Currington, lymphoedema assistant practitioner, and Laura Beaumont, lymphoedema specialist nurse.

The West Suffolk Lymphoedema Service team. Left to right: Kate Laybourne, lymphoedema specialist nurse, Jess Davies, lymphoedema clinical lead, Stefan Currington, lymphoedema assistant practitioner, and Laura Beaumont, lymphoedema specialist nurse.