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Clinical Standards

All treatment delivered by LSS is underpinned by best practice standards and the guidelines of the national professional body The British Lymphology Society (BLS) and the national patient organisation The Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN).

Upon referral, an initial comprehensive assessment determines the diagnosis and, in accordance with the symptoms that are present, the types of treatment needed. Treatments can include skin care, compression hosiery, manual lymphatic drainage (massage), bandaging, kinesio taping, laser therapy and programmes of exercise. Having obtained the patient’s consent, treatment is organised in line with government policy surrounding the management of long term conditions. This includes teaching patients to self manage their condition.

Legislation and guidance underpinning LSS operation

Best Practice for the Management of Lymphoedema (2006)

Care Quality Commission regulations (2011)

CREST (2008)

End of Life Care Strategy (2008)

Health & Social Care Bill (2011)

Improving outcomes: A strategy for Cancer (2011)

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2004)

QIPP initiative: Quality, innovation, Productivity and Prevention (2010)

Strategy for Lympheodema in Wales (2009)

Supporting people with Long Term Conditions: An NHS and Social Care Model to support local innovation and integration (2005)

Sussex Cancer Network

The British Lymphology Society

The Lymphoedema Support Network

The management of lymphoedema in advanced cancer and oedema at the end of life (2010)

The NHS Constitution for England (2009)

Waiting Time

Treatments provided promptly, and within NHS waiting time guidelines*:

  • Assessment: 2 - 3 weeks
  • Treatment: 2 – 6 weeks (depending on treatment type)
  • Palliative: 1 – 3 days

*On rare occasions, staff holiday and sickness may prevent this

Regulatory bodies & Affiliations

LSS conforms to the regulations of the following organisations: