Lymphoedema doctor with a patient explaining lymphoedema care, chronic wound care, wound healing, leg ulcer care and pressure ulcer care.

Skin care and dermatology

As the body’s single largest organ, looking after our skin is extremely important.

It is why dermatology is one of the key disciplines in our multidisciplinary team in our complex clinic.

Function of the skin

Our skin reflects our emotional and physical wellbeing.

Intact skin acts as a protective waterproof barrier between us and the outside work. It is designed to keep our bodies safe – for example, safe from infection.

Caring for your skin

Taking care of your skin is important to your overall health at all stages of life.

Healthy skin is a combination of:

Our care

Working with our dermatologist in our complex clinic, we assess your skin to check its overall condition, identify whether any related skin disorders have arisen in conjunction with chronic wounds or lymphoedema, and treat your skin accordingly.

We work with you to create a good, simple skin care routine which suits your lifestyle and needs. This can include advice on appropriate moisturisers, soaps and substitute cream as well as advice on the use of topical steroids.

Skin care and pressure ulcers

The health of your skin plays a big part in the development of pressure ulcers. Therefore by taking good preventative care, you can help avoid pressure ulcers developing.

Understanding pain

The nerve endings in our skin provide our sense of touch and pain. Pain makes us aware of external dangers and internal damage. It is often experienced with chronic wounds or lymphoedema as the body’s natural way of informing us of a problem.

We will help advise you on how to manage and reduce the pain.