New leg club set up for towns

PUBLISHED: 12:52 21 May 2016

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A second North Somerset leg club has been created to help people in Portishead, Pill and Clevedon who suffer with leg ulcers.

A leg club is already being run in Nailsea which has gone from strength to strength and therefore plans have been put in place to create a second organisation for other people in the district who need help.

Deborah Gadd, the practice Manager for Clevedon’s Sunnyside Surgery, said: “A leg club provides excellent medical care in a social setting, reducing social isolation for those who have become housebound due to problems with their legs.

“Ulcers in particular cause real concerns, particularly in the elderly, but the leg club can also review varicose veins, rashes, skin problems, etc, and healing rates are proven to be better than the current system.”

The club will be able to provide other health and wellbeing services such as flu vaccinations, dietary advice and support to stop smoking.

The leg club is a local partnership between GPs, community nurses, Community Connect, patients and members of the community.

It is run by a committee of members and local people.

To encourage people to find out more about the club, there will be an open morning on Monday from 11am-12.30pm at St Andrew’s Church in Clevedon.

Ms Gadd said: “This is a great opportunity to come along and find out more about the leg club and give something back to our local communities.

“We are looking for volunteers to help run the weekly club on a Monday morning as well as people who would be interested in joining the committee and community groups to provide people with transport to and from the club.”

The drop-in club will be for anyone to use with local district and practice nurses providing clinical care.

Anyone interested in finding out more or volunteering should call Ms Gadd on 01275 345860.

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