Lymphoedema: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Anna Turley Anna Turley Labour/Co-operative, Redcar

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the accessibility of services for treating lymphoedema in (a) the North East and (b) England.

Photo of Anna Turley Anna Turley Labour/Co-operative, Redcar

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve early diagnosis of lymphoedema.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

No specific assessment of the availability of lymphoedema services has been made. The commissioning of services for the treatment and care of lymphoedema patients is a local matter.

People with lymphoedema can usually be managed through routine access to primary or secondary care services. A range of guidance is available for the diagnosis, treatment and care for people with lymphoedema. This includes an international consensus document on best practice and guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Further information can be found at the following links:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg588

www.woundsinternational.com/resources/details/bioimpedance-analysis-in-the-assessment-of-lymphoedema-diagnosis-and-management

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