Our Lymphoedema Services

Here at Cornwall Hospice Care we have two highly skilled Specialist Lymphoedema Practitioners, out of the total of four in the whole of Cornwall.  They run outpatient clinics at our two hospices – Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle.

Lymphoedema Awareness Week

Lymphoedema Awareness Week is organised in early March each year by the British Lymphology Society.  They are the body who support for those involved in the care and treatment of people with lymphoedema and related lymphatic disorders, including lipoedema.  The Society aims to ensure high standards of care and equitable access to treatment across the UK and promotes early detection and intervention.

2022 Lymphoedema Awareness Week runs from 6th to 11th March and we are incredibly humbled that a number of our Lymphoedema patients have agreed to share their stories with us – scroll down the page to read and watch how our clinics have changed things for the better.

What is Lymphoedema?

It’s a chronic, long-term condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but most often in the arms or legs.  Symptoms can include an aching, heavy feeling in the affected limb. Lymphoedema is caused by a problem with the lymphatic system – a network of vessels and glands distributed throughout the body and it’s there to help fight infection and drain excess fluid from tissues. Abnormal development of the lymphatic system, damage to it and/or an increase in fluid in the body tissues can all lead to Lymphoedema.

Watch our short film below, where Chris, one of our Specialists explains more about what Lymphoedema is, what sufferers experience and how we help alleviate symptoms.

How can we help?

Amongst the many front line staff working for Cornwall Hospice Care are our two Lymphoedema Clinical Specialists, Helen Treleaven and Chris Jones.  They care for and support people suffering with Lymphoedema. Their patients visit them for outpatient appointments at both Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s Hospices and in many cases say Helen and Chris ensure they can continue living their life as well as possible despite having the condition.

Watch our short film to find out more about some of the new techniques used by Helen to treat patients that she was not able to before.  This is thanks to training she undertook, which was paid for by one of our corporate sponsors Ann’s Cottage Surf Shops.

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Referral to our Lymphoedema Services

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Need to refer someone to our Lymphoedema Clinical Nurse Specialists?  Click the button below to access our Referral Form.

Lymphoedema and Covid-19

People are understandably worried about the implications for those who live with lymphoedema now that the Covid-19 virus is part of our world.

Our colleagues over at the Lymphoedema Support Network have been working hard to reassure those with the condition.  Their experts assure us that in nearly all cases lymphoedema alone will not make you more susceptible to the virus and together with compression garment manufacturers have helped us to create some advice and suggestions which we hope will offer some assurance and guidance during these times.

Read their Covid-19 information sheet HERE.

They have also produced a number of self-management videos to help you – to watch them visit their website HERE.