TREATMENT IN LEICESTER
There are 2 centres for Lymphoedema treatment in Leicestershire.
- The Lymphoedema Unit at the LOROS Hospice.
Following a meeting with the staff at LOROS, the manager of the Lymphoedema unit, Mandy Mitchell, has issued the following statement to explain the changes that are going to be happening at the unit:
“The LOROS Lymphoedema service has recently undergone a review to explore ways of meeting increasing demand, within existing resources and to ensure the service aligns to the mission of the charity.
“Until recently the service has seen all patients with Lymphoedema including some from Northamptonshire. Our aim is to free up capacity to enable the service to provide specialist care for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland patients with cancer related and complex Lymphoedema more quickly whilst supporting community services to treat other patients nearer to home.
“The local Clinical Commissioning Groups are aware of the changes and we are aiming to support the development of new services in primary care by providing specialist advice and education. This will help community services to care for Lymphoedema patients who don’t need specialist care,
“From July 2016 all patients with primary Lymphoedema will continue to be seen at LOROS, however some patients with secondary Lymphoedema that is not cancer related may be treated by community services.
“LOROS is currently working in collaboration with Nottingham University and 3M Healthcare on a two year pilot to develop nurse led community services for chronic oedema management. The pilot is being supported by Leicester City Commissioning Group initially with the hope that it will be rolled out to other areas in the future. We continue to act as a resource for other services and are developing a Lymphoedema help-line. This will run between 9 and 10 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and can be accessed by healthcare practitioners.
“Patients can continue to ring the Lymphoedema service at LOROS for advice and support.”
- Lymphoedema Clinic at Glenfield.
Patients who develop Lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment will be referred to the Lymphoedema unit at Glenfield. At a first appointment the Lymphoedema will be assessed and either
- advice given on skin care/exercise and measurements taken for compression sleeves/gloves
- if the Lymphoedema is severe and requires more intensive treatment a referral will be made to the LOROS unit.