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Lower Limb Service

If you’re living with a lower limb (leg) ulcer, or you have a high risk of developing one, we can assess your situation and provide treatment and guidance.

We also offer follow up assessments and recommendations for hosiery and skin care which can help reduce the risks of further problems.

If we think you might benefit from it, we may also refer you to one of our other care and support teams.

Changes to our Lower Limb Service service due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’ve put more details about these changes in the page below. For all urgent referrals, please follow the usual referral process. These changes will remain in place until further notice. 

When you’re referred to us, we’ll arrange an appointment with you at one of our community clinics in East Berkshire.

Your first appointment with us lasts around 90 minutes, and will allow us to get to know you and understand your needs. You’re welcome to bring someone with you to appointments .

At your appointment, we may carry out checks known as Doppler studies.

This involves using high-frequency sound waves to measure blood circulation in your arteries, to help give us a better idea of how to treat your ulcer.

These studies don’t involve any kind of surgery, but we recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing.

Treatment and follow up appointments

As part of your treatment, we may recommend wearing compression bandages or hosiery to help speed up healing.

Your follow up appointments will be much shorter (around 30-45 minutes) depending on whether you have an issue with just one leg or both. We’ll continue to see you until your ulcer is healed and offer advice on how to care for your leg to prevent further ulcers.

When you’ve been fully discharged, we’ll arrange appointments for every six months to check that all is well.

If your GP has referred you because you’re considered at risk of developing an ulcer, we’ll also see you every six months to make sure you’re still wearing the right hosiery and offer lifestyle advice to prevent further ulcers.

All of our clinics are held on an appointment only basis

To be referred to us, you must be over the age of 18, and registered with a GP in East Berkshire such as Bracknell, Windsor, Ascot, Slough and Maidenhead.

Speak to your GP, Practice Nurse or District Nurse to be referred to us. Unfortunately, we do not accept self referrals.

Each time you see us, we’ll confirm the date and time of your next appointment.

We often ask for certain blood test results to be sent with our referrals so you may need to have these taken at your GP Practice before we offer you an appointment.

If you have any questions about your appointment or treatment, please contact us on the email address provided on your correspondence with us.

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