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Lymphoedema services

Our Lymphoedema Team provides specialist care for patients living with primary, secondary lymphoedema and chronic oedema.

Although there is no cure, we believe lymphoedema can be managed successfully, particularly if tackled early and before mobility is significantly reduced.

What do we do?

Once you have been referred to us, we will work to:

How do we care for you?

We involve all those in our team who are relevant to your care needs. Our specialists work with you to set your care goal so that your plan is comprehensive and most importantly, achievable.

We also take time to ensure that you and your carers understand your care needs as a critical part of lymphoedema and chronic oedema treatment is self-care. A number of useful resources are on our lymphoedema care information page.

Treatment involves a combination of skin care, exercises and lifestyle advice, which may include weight reduction, as well as the wearing of compression garments and bandaging. Some patients may also require a short period of intensive treatment.

Where do we provide treatment?

Depending on the location and mobility of our patients, we will treat in clinics or in the community. Our Treatment Centre at Mile End Hospital formally opened in 2015 and is a clinical centre of excellence. When you are referred to us we will work out with you to determine the best place of treatment.

Who else is involved in my care plan?

Alongside you, your family or carers, we will liaise with your GP, Practice Nurse, District Nurse, appropriate allied healthcare professionals as appropriate to ensure you receive the best possible continuity of care.

How long will you work with me?

How long we work with you is entirely dependent on your care needs. Unless there are good reasons to discontinue working together, we will work with you until you achieve your goals and can manage your on-going care plan.

How can I learn more about caring for my condition?

Please visit our lymphoedema care information page to learn more.

Resident of Tower Hamlets?

If you are a resident of Tower Hamlets you can self-refer to our service. Please fill in our referral form and/or get in touch with our reception to find out more on 020 3819 6022.