St Catherine's Hospice Lymphoedema nurse and patient

Lymphoedema

If you are a medical professional reading this page because you want to refer a patient to our stand-alone Lymphoedema service, please go to our how to refer page.

You may have been referred to our Lymphoedema clinic by your GP, hospital consultant or specialist if you have swelling as a result of surgery or radiotherapy for cancer. Based at our Crawley hospice in West Sussex, our expert Lymphoedema nurses are on hand to offer treatment and advice on how to manage the condition.

Lymphoedema is a form of swelling that happens when there is damage or failure within the lymph glands. It most commonly affects the arms and legs, but it can affect any part of the body. Lymphoedema can’t be cured, but with the right treatment and care it is possible to control and reduce the swelling. This could involve compression hosiery, taking regular exercise, skin care and massage.

You may also be offered treatments such as multi-layer compression bandaging and manual lymphatic drainage. If you have difficulty coming to the clinic, transport can be arranged so please ask us for more details or telephone our main reception on 01293 447333.

If you are a St Catherine’s Hospice patient and would like access to your medical records, or copies of hospice correspondence regarding your treatment, please ask a member of our team.