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Specialist care, support and advice for patients with lymphoedema.


About 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.

Other symptoms of lymphoedema can include an aching, heavy feeling in affected body parts and difficulty moving them.

There is no cure for lymphoedema, but it is usually possible to control the main symptoms using techniques to minimise fluid build-up and stimulate the flow of fluid through the lymphatic system.

We provide specialist care, treatment, support and advice to adults with lymphedema, and their carers, via a team of expert nurses.

We will advise you on compression garments, taking good care of your skin, exercise, and having a healthy diet and lifestyle. We provide patient-centred care and individual treatment plans.

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Who is this service for?

For patients with specific acute and chronic lymphoedema care needs.

The Lymphoedema service is not commissioned to see patients with a BMI>40 who have no other causes for their lymphoedema, unless they are on a successful weight management plan. We follow the British Lymphology Society Treatment pathway for Lymphoedema patients with a Body mass index (BMI) Equal or greater 40kgs/m2 See here for information.

It is also a requirement that skin is dry and intact.

If you are a healthcare professional and need to refer a patient to the Lymphoedema service, please complete the referral form.

Cancelled / missed appointments

If you cannot make your appointment, we require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to reschedule your appointment. Please contact us on 01275 547573. You may be discharged if you miss any appointments without letting us know, or if you cancel appointments more than once. A discharge letter will be sent to your GP who can re-refer you if they feel this is appropriate.

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Contact us

Marina Healthcare Centre Second Floor 2 Haven View Portishead North Somerset BS20 7QA

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