The community macmillan specialist
lymphoedema service is part of County Durham and Darlington
Community Health Services. Although the team is quite small at
present, we cover a large area which includes Teesside, parts of
North Yorkshire and most of County Durham and Darlington.
How can we help you?
Lymphoedema affects at least 100,000 people in the UK. It can cause
swelling of the arms, legs or body and can sometimes be very
disabling. It can affect mobility, the ability to do everyday
things like writing or peeling potatoes and can sometimes affect
your body image. We can help by treating your symptoms in several
ways- this might be in your home or in a local community hospital
Who are we and what do we do?
Specialist lymphoedema practitioners are highly skilled in looking
after people with lymphoedema and cellulitis. We have had
extensive training in treating complex problems. Although
lymphoedema can't be cured, we will offer treatment, advice and
support so that your symptoms are improved and controlled.
This is really important because if it is left untreated the
condition will deteriorate.
Helping you to understand your condition and learn how we can help
you adapt to doing things a little differently is a key part of our
role. We may treat your symptoms by using special massage
techniques or bandaging. Skin care advice and help with movement
and exercise is really useful, and we can supply special garments
or stockings should they be necessary to help you manage your
We also help other health professionals to understand and treat
lymphoedema by providing educational courses, with the help of
Teesside University. This means that other people who may be
involved in your care, for example hospital and hospice staff, or
district nursing teams will all have the information, knowledge and
skills needed to ensure you receive the best possible care.
The Macmillan specialist
lympheodema service is a community based service that covers parts
of North Yorkshire, Teesside (including Hartlepool) and most of
County Durham and Darlington. Some of our patients are seen
at home, but we hold regular clinics in the Richardson
Hospital, Barnard Castle; Weardale Community Hospital in Stanhope;
and Butterwick Hospital, Bishop Auckland.
You can access the service through your GP, district nurse, other
health professional who is looking after you, or by telephoning our
Tel: 01740 626649
Our office opening hours are 9am - 5pm, Monday to
(If our lines are busy and we can't answer immediately, please
leave a short message, including your phone number and we will call
you back at the earliest opportunity).
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community