New leg ulcer clinics launched for Harlow

Communities / Mon 10th Oct 2016 pm31 03:09pm

FROM 1 October leg ulcers will be treated at dedicated leg ulcer clinics instead of at GP surgeries. Research has shown that attending specialist clinics can improve healing rates. This is why NHS West Essex CCG has decided to transfer leg ulcer treatment to clinics run by specialist nurses at:

Rectory Lane Health Centre, Mondays 9am to 5pm
Waltham Abbey Health Centre, Tuesdays 9am to 5pm
Dunmow Clinic, Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm
St Margaret’s Hospital, Thursdays 9am to 5pm
Saffron Walden Community Hospital, Fridays 1pm to 4pm

Access to the clinics is by GP referral.

Leg ulcers are a long-term condition which can cause unnecessary suffering and a loss of quality of life for patients. NHS West Essex CCG is pleased to be launching this excellent new service.

The clinics provide specialist assessment, management and treatment of venous leg ulcers including health promotion and follow up care in order to prevent recurrence.

It has been found that having access to specially trained staff can improve healing rates and reduce recurrence of the condition,.

Close supervision and counselling by specialist leg ulcer nurses, as well as instant access in the case of recurrence, are factors which can benefit patients attending leg ulcer clinics. It was also found that patients often preferred going to specialist clinics.

If you have any questions about these changes to leg ulcer services please contact the West Essex CCG Patient Advice and Liaison Team (PALS) on 01992 566 122 or 01992 566 1223.

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