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Coronavirus (COVD-19): service changes

The Lymphoedema Service is not currently running any clinics. Newly-referred patients will be contacted and appropriate advice given. Your name will be kept on a waiting list; you will not need to be re-referred.

  • If you have concerns about your lymphoedema, please leave a message with your name and contact number on 01275 547573. A nurse will be available to pick up messages daily (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm) and will be able to offer advice and support.
  • If your concerns are of a more urgent nature or outside of these hours, please contact either your GP surgery or out of hours GP service.

Who is this service for?

For adults with specific chronic lymphoedema care needs.

What we do

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 lymphoedema, 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 person-centred care and individual treatment plans.

The service is based at Portishead. We run clinics at Portishead and Cossham Hospital, Monday-Friday. We also visit housebound patients in their own homes.

How do I access this service?

If you have lymphoedema you can refer yourself to this service by telephoning 01275 547573, or you can ask a healthcare professional to make a referral on your behalf.

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.

I’m a clinician – how do I make a referral to this service?

Referral information and other clinical guidance can be found on the CCG’s Remedy site:

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Marina Healthcare Centre

Second Floor,
2 Haven View,
Portishead,
North Somerset,
BS20 7QA

Opening hours

Monday-Friday (excluding Bank holidays), 8.00am-4.00pm.

Contact

Tel: 01275 547573

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