New technique helping patients suffering Lymphoedema

3Artboard 39@4xPeople in Surrey who suffer from Lymphoedema – a condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues – now have the chance to learn new techniques to keep them well at the Beacon Centre in Guildford, thanks to a special fund.

The new training and equipment was a project led by two of the service’s frontline clinicians funded by Virgin Care’s Feel the Difference Fund – money the organisation invests each year in improving services through small changes led or suggested by frontline teams.

Funding was used to buy training for the service’s staff, design and printing of extra information leaflets and the spongy ‘stress balls’ balls which patients can use as part of a self-care routine.

Now that they are trained, nurses working with people across Surrey offer patients training in the new self-care technique, information sheets and the spongy ball they need to complete the routine alongside their usual support.

Lorraine Brown, Lymphoedema Clinical Nurse Specialist for Virgin Care in Surrey, said: “Recent research has shown that using these spongy ‘stress’ balls in some areas such as under the arm or groin can promote better lymphatic drainage and is a better option than using hands in a traditional massage.”

“This new technique can be taught easily to patients and will help us improve the lives of the people we see.”

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