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May 2010

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Eastern Health lymphoedema practitioner Maria Stirling.

Eastern clinics bring service close to home

Eastern Health has responded to the need for lymphoedema services in the eastern suburbs by establishing clinics at Angliss Hospital, Box Hill Hospital and Yarra Ranges Health in Lilydale.

People living in Melbourne’s eastern and outer-eastern areas will now have greater access to this important service,’ said Eastern Health’s Chief Nursing Officer David Plunkett.

‘These new clinics will help to strengthen our ability to sustain services in our hospitals.

‘Importantly, patients are able to visit a local service avoiding the need to travel further and incur related out-of-pocket expenses.

‘Early detection and management provides better outcomes for patients.

‘Having these services close enables doctors and health professionals to refer patients to lymphoedema services in their local area.’

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition with up to 1,000 new patients with cancer-related lymphoedema in the eastern metropolitan region each year.

Patients are treated with complex physical therapy tailored to their needs and people at high risk of developing lymphoedema can receive preventative care.

Dawn Jones has been attending Angliss Hospital’s lymphoedema clinic for the past 12 months and is delighted more services have been established in Melbourne’s eastern region.

‘It is wonderful news, as people who have this condition will benefit from advice on how to better manage it—I have received excellent care including access to vital advice and equipment I needed,’ said Ms Jones.

The establishment of lymphoedema services in the east provides much needed relief for people living in the region.

‘People who live in the Yarra Valley and the Dandenongs no longer need to travel to the city to access services and people undergoing treatment at Box Hill Hospital will have a clinic onsite,’ said Eastern Health lymphoedema practitioner Maria Stirling.