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Lymphoedema clinics are held at the North end of the hospital (Entrance 15)
Tel: 01473 704 033
Email: Lymphoedema service
We hold clinics Mondays-Thursdays every week. This is an appointment-only service.
In the Community
Lymphoedema services are provided by ESNEFT on behalf of North East Essex Community Services Collaborative at clinics in Colchester and Harwich.
Visit the North East Essex Community Services website for information about the service
What is Lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is a long-term (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.
It develops when the lymphatic system does not work properly. The lymphatic system is a network of channels and glands throughout the body. The lymphatic system helps fight infection and remove excess fluid.
There are 2 main types of lymphoedema:
Primary lymphoedema is caused by faulty genes that affect the development of the lymphatic system. It can develop at any age, but usually starts during infancy, adolescence, or early adulthood.
Secondary lymphoedema is caused by damage to the lymphatic system or problems with the movement and drainage of fluid in the lymphatic system. Secondary lymphoedema can be the result of a cancer treatment, an infection, injury, inflammation of the limb, or a lack of limb movement.
For information about lymphoedema see the NHS Choices website
How to get referred?
Your GP or healthcare professional can refer you to our service if you are diagnosed or have suspected Lymphoedema.
What to expect at your Lymphoedema appointment
At your first Lymphoedema appointment we will assess your swelling, movement and skin and begin to discuss treatment. We will discuss what your goals are in relation to your condition and how we can manage and meet this appropriately and safely. We may measure you for compression garments and will likely teach you appropriate exercises and self-lymphatic drainage techniques.
Moving forward you should expect follow up appointments either face to face, telephone or virtually. This will be explained and agreed depending on what treatment is required.
Lymphoedema is a long term condition and therefore is important to self-manage. We will give you all the tools you need to be able to do so effectively.
Our overall aim is for you to be able to live your life with Lymphoedema by:
- treating the swelling to reduce it to a level where you can manage
- give you the knowledge and confidence to deal with it yourself for life
- support you with advice and further treatment when needed
For your appointment:
- Please wear loose comfortable clothes, you may be asked to remove clothes if appropriate to be able to assess your oedema.
- Please let our staff know if you feel uncomfortable or would like a chaperone.
- Please arrive promptly for your appointment, knock on the clinic door and wait at the chairs outside the clinic room and we will meet you for your appointment.
- Please bring a list of your medications
- If you are unable to attend your booked appointment please inform the clinic timely.