Patient club to boost recovery

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 March 2015

New drop-in club to enable people with leg ulcers to receive treatment and meet new people.

New drop-in club to enable people with leg ulcers to receive treatment and meet new people.

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MEDICAL professionals and community groups in Nailsea are hoping to set up an innovative drop-in club to enable patients to access treatment, vaccines, health checks and meet new people.

GP practices in the town, North Somerset Community Partnership and Curo are planning to start a leg club to treat patients suffering from venous leg ulcers.

Rather than being visited in their own homes, patients would be taken into the Tithe Barn, in Church Lane, by volunteer drivers to be treated by nurses.

The nurses could also carry out routine health checks, vaccines and other treatment at the same time.

The aim behind the club is to enable patients to meet other people in the same situation and cut down on nurses’ travelling times.

The initiative is being supported by North Somerset CCG, Nailsea Town Council and the Tithe Barn Trust as well as voluntary organisations including the Rotary Club and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP).

Carole Brooke, practice manager at Tower House Medical Centre, said: “Suffering with leg ulcers can often lead to social isolation and have detrimental effects on individual health.

“Club members are treated openly alongside each other and members can share similar history of leg ulcers or other kinds of venous complaints.

“The club helps overcome the isolation felt by many patients with debilitating leg ulcers and also brings health and social needs together in a non-medical setting that speeds recovery.”

Leg clubs are run by a committee which operates according to strict guidelines of care, monitored by the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.

The surgery is now looking for volunteers to sit on the committee, drive people to the club, help with refreshments and befriend patients.

Anyone interested in finding out more can attend a meeting at the Tithe Barn, Church Lane, on March 26 from 11am-12.30pm.

For more details call Carole Brooke on 01275 866753.


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