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.

Compression

This may be using multi layer lymphoedema bandaging or compression garments which limit the formation of lymph fluid and increase drainage.

Skin Care

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.

Exercise

We offer guidance on exercises. Exercise helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, increase your range of movement and improve muscle strength.

New for 2018:

We are re-introducing our support group for patients with lymphoedema, please see dates and times below

Day

Date

Time

Thursday

29th March

1pm – 3pm

Wednesday

30th May

10am - 12pm

Thursday

26th July

1pm – 3pm

Wednesday

26th September

10am - 12pm

Thursday

29th November

1pm – 3pm

 

Please find the following useful links for patients with lymphoedema who would like to access some further information about self -help which will be discussed in more detail at the support groups

Lymphoedema Support Network

http://www.lymphoedema.org/ 

Lymphoedema Exercises

https://www.lymphedema-clinic.com/oedemarten/5-saeulen-der-behandlung/entstauungsgymnastik.html

NHS - Support with Health Issues & Lifestyle in Bucks

https://www.livewellstaywellbucks.co.uk/

U3A - Mixed Activities for Seniors including exercise

https://u3a.org.uk/

Local Walking Groups

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/environment/exploring-the-countryside/simply-walk/

https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/south-east/buckinghamshire-simply-walk-health-walks


For more information about our lymphoedema care or support groups please: Call our lymphoedema team on 01494 552756 or email them at lymph@sbhospice.org.uk

Lymphoedema Care

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your opening hours?

Monday and Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm 

Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday 8am - 4pm

I am not dying, why am I coming to a hospice?

Our Lymphoedema Clinic is a separate service offered by The South Bucks Community Hospice which is independent from palliative care.

Is there 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 there disabled access?

Yes, Butterfly House is fully accessible.

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.