The Lymphoedema Nurse Led service

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    Lymphoedema is a swelling of the tissues which occurs when fluid builds up due to poor lymphatic drainage.

    What we do
    It can involve any part of the body, but is most common in the arms and legs.

    The lymphatic system transports fluid from the body's tissues back into the circulation through a network of lymphatic vessels. It is when these drainage routes are blocked or damaged or have failed to develop properly that a build up of fluid in the tissues occurs.

    Primary Lymphoedema is usually caused by an abnormal or underdeveloped lymphatic system.

    Secondary Lymphoedema is due to damage or blockage of the lymphatic's caused by a secondary source such as cancer treatment, surgery, infection, trauma, obesity or poor vein function.
    Lymphoedema cannot be cured, however with treatment from a Lymphoedema Specialist and self care strategies, the condition can often be managed and quality of life maintained.

    The Lymphoedema Nurse Led service provides assessment and treatment for patients with lymphoedema due to cancer and non-cancer causes. The service provides support and
    education to patients in a clinic setting, or at home if patients are housebound and also in a hospice setting if appropriate. We also provide support via a telephone clinic.

    Possible Treatment Options

    • Holistic assessment and diagnosis of lymphoedema
    • Individualised care plans tailored to patient need
    • Self-care strategies to empower patients to manage their condition
    • Reduce the risk of infection
    • Skin Care
    • Compression Garments
    • Multi-layer Lymphoedema Bandaging
    • Simple Lymphatic Drainage Massage
    • Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
    • Deep Breathing Exercises
    • Kinesio Taping
    • Low Level Laser Therapy
    • Lymph Assist Therapy


    Our Partnership Approach
    Lymphoedema is a lifelong condition.

    Treatment aims are for patients and carers to be able to self manage their condition, with support from the Lymphoedema Team.

    Effective lymphoedema management can only be achieved on a long term basis if you commit to continuing with your jointly agreed care plan.

    Meet the team

    Lorraine Severn - Team co-ordinator and Lymphoedema Specialist

     Beverley Howarth - Lymphoedema Specialist

    Jennifer Laming - Lymphoedema Assistant

    How to contact us:

    For further information contact the Lymphoedema team at:

    Darwen Health Centre
    James Street West
    BB3 1PY

    Tel: 01254 283609
    Fax:01254 226876

    Any Health Professional can refer you to the service at the address above.

    Click here for patient information on lymphoedema.