Lymphoedema is a chronic condition which causes a build-up of fluid in tissues. It can occur in any part of the body but is most common in the arms or legs. Lymphoedema can cause an aching or heavy feeling in the part of the body affected leading to problems with mobility.
Through proper management, our lymphoedema therapists can help you to regain mobility and ease discomfort. We offer specialist lymphoedema therapy using a variety of techniques to stimulate the flow of fluid through the lymphatic system to reduce swelling.
Our treatments include:
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
This is a specialised form of massage to encourage lymph drainage.
This may be using multi layer lymphoedema bandaging or compression garments which limit the formation of lymph fluid and increase drainage.
Lymphoedema can cause deterioration in the health of skin in the affected area. We offer guidance on how to care for your skin to ensure it is in good condition and provides a barrier against infection.
We offer guidance on exercises. Exercise helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, increase your range of movement and improve muscle strength.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
What are your opening hours?
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm.
I am not dying, why am I coming to a hospice?
Our Lymphoedema Clinic is a separate service offered by South Bucks Hospice which is independent from palliative care.
Is parking available?
Parking is available at the front and the rear of the building.
Can I access other support services and therapies at the Hospice?
Complementary and creative therapies, practical support and physiotherapy are available to all lymphoedema patients.
Is disabled access available?
Yes. However, please call prior to your appointment so we can make provisions if necessary.
Is there anything that I need to bring?
Yes, please bring along:
- Your medication list.
- Your compression garments if you have already been prescribed these.
- Evidence of your Medical Exemption or your Prescription Prepayment Certificate if under 60 years old.
Can someone come with me?
Yes, but please only one person. This is due to space restrictions.
How often will I visit?
This depends on your treatment plan. Please speak to a lymphoedema therapist for more information.
How can I be referred?
You must be referred by a GP or healthcare professional. Unfortunately you are not able to self-refer for our lymphoedema service.