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Launch event for new Lymphoedema service in Richmond

The trust's Lymphoedema launch event takes place on 9 December

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust is inviting local people to find out about a new Lymphoedema service in Richmond at a launch event on Wednesday 9 December at Thames House, Teddington

At the event, all Richmond residents, family members, carers, healthcare partners, GPs and pharmacists will be able to meet the staff and find out about the new service that aims to help patients with Lymphoedema – a lifelong and incurable condition that causes body tissues to swell – and how the service will support those in borough living with it. 

People at the event will have the opportunity to meet the clinicians who will be delivering the service across the borough and those with the condition can provide feedback on the service based on what life is like for them. 

Edwin Chamanga, the clinical lead specialist nurse for the tissue viability team, said: “I’m delighted to announce the launch of our new swelling service as our tissue viability team have recently set the bar high for the innovative services that they provide." 

He adds: “Although lymphoedema is not curable - it can be well managed with the right treatment and self-care. Our new service will help patients to manage their condition more effectively and prevent related problems from occurring - such as infections.” 

Lymphoedema and the swelling of body tissues

A recent study has suggested that over 200,000 people in the UK with an estimate of 754 in Richmond may be living with the condition unaware. 

Lymphoedema is a long-term 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. 

The event will be held 5-6pm on 9 December at Thames House, 180 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8HU. Refreshments will be provided. 

For more details on the event or to book your place today call 020 8714 4085 or email Edwin.Chamanga@hrch.nhs.uk