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What is a Leg Club?

Leg Clubs are an evidence-based initiative which provide community-based treatment, health promotion, education and ongoing care for people of all age groups who are experiencing leg-related problems. Leg Club staff work in a unique partnership with members (patients) and the local community. Working to best practice guidelines they provide a high standard of care in a social and friendly setting that promotes understanding, peer support and informed choice. Leg Clubs typically meet once a week, but in some areas the Club is held twice weekly. No appointments are required, and members can drop in to chat over a cup of tea or coffee while awaiting treatment. Transport may be arranged to and from the Clubs, and parking is available.

The emphasis of the Leg Club is to empower members to participate in their care, in a social environment that eases loneliness by providing congenial surroundings where old friends can meet and new friendships be formed. This innovative approach to wound management helps to give Leg Club members a greater say in their treatment, which is in line with current government thinking.
Leg Clubs social lower limb clinics differ from conventional leg ulcer clinics in that:
  • They are held in a non-medical environment, in partnership with members and local community.
  • Members are treated collectively sharing their experience and gaining peer support.
  • They operate on a 'drop in' basis (no appointments necessary) this encourages opportunistic attendance for information and advice.
  • They incorporate an integrated ’well leg' regime supporting maintenance of healthy legs, positive health beliefs and broad health promotion.
The ‘well leg’ programme at the Leg Club is an integral part of the social model and is aimed at health education, advice, maintenance and prevention of further leg-related problems once an ulcer has healed.

What type of problems can be treated?

Any problems involving legs, from varicose veins, skin tears, eczema and leg ulcers to difficulties in walking. For many people suffering with swollen legs and/ or leg ulcers the main problems are associated with pain, infection, wound leakage, immobility, loneliness and isolation.