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Ashgate Hospice > Our services > Lymphoedema

We offer treatments and advice to ease discomfort, improve quality of life and boost your independence.

Treatments for lymphoedema include skin care, massage, exercise and compression. Our expert team can help you to understand and cope with your treatment.

We can also teach you techniques and provide you with the information you need to help you self-manage your lymphoedema.

"I’m beginning to feel like my old self again and I can’t thank Ashgate Hospice enough for that."

Mariea Lawless-Mills, Lymphoedema patient

"Since coming to the hospice and being given all these different treatments and ways of dealing with the condition myself too, lymphoedema hasn’t become a burden for me."

Sally Knight, Lymphoedema patient
Three lymphoedema nurses sat on a bench
Our specialist lymphoedema team
Nurse putting a compression sleeve on a patient in the clinic
We can help treat your lymphoedema through a range of techniques

Frequently asked questions

What is lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a swelling that can affect any part of the body. It is caused by a build up of lymph fluid. This happens when part of the lymphatic system is damaged, for example, after an accident or from cancer treatments. Lymphoedema can also be caused by obesity, can develop from a pre-existing condition or you can be born with it. There is no cure for lymphoedema. But with treatment, you can improve and control the condition.

Where is the lymphoedema clinic?

The main clinic is at Ashgate Hospice in Old Brampton. When you arrive at the hospice, please check in at main reception. A member of the team will greet you for your appointment.

We also run a clinic once a month at Blythe House Hospicecare for patients who live in the High Peak.

How do I get to the lymphoedema clinic?

The clinic address is Ashgate Hospice, Ashgate Road, Old Brampton, Chesterfield, S42 7JD. Free car parking is available at the hospice and there is a dedicated bay for patients and visitors. Disabled parking is also available.

There is a bus stop located immediately outside the hospice. The service that travels to and from the hospice is the 170 Chesterfield to Bakewell operated by Hulleys of Baslow.

What will happen at my first appointment?

Your first appointment will take about 1.5 to 2 hours. During the appointment, we will ask you about your medical history. We will also examine you to find out the causes of the swelling. We will discuss your lymphoedema in more detail and develop a treatment plan with you. We do not necessarily start treatment at your first appointment.

What happens after the appointment?

We will write to your GP about your treatment plan. Depending on what you need, we may offer you a further appointment.

Our care
Will I have to pay towards my care?

All our services are provided free of charge. We rely on the support of our community to ensure we can continue to provide this service.

How do I leave feedback?

We work very hard to provide the highest standards of care and service to you, your families, and our supporters. However, we are aware that we may not always get it right. 

We hope you will tell us when we have got things right for you and perhaps when things did not go so well. It is very important to us that we hear from you so that we can use your feedback to continually improve our services. You can fill in this online form to leave feedback. 

How do I get referred?

A healthcare professional involved in your care can refer you to our services. 

To speak to a member of the team, please contact us using the details below.

Lymphoedema Team