Information about Leg Clubs

PatientsLeg Clubs are an 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 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 can 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.

Leg Clubs have four key features that are different from conventional leg ulcer clinics:
  • 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.
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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.

What is the cost?

The Leg Club nursing teams are employed by NHS local provider services, CCG's and GP consortia and the nurses incorporate the Leg Clubs into their everyday practice. The treatment is free and refreshments are freely available, for which donations are welcomed. Due to the cost of hiring the venue it is hoped that members will support this by fundraising activities such as holding weekly raffles at their Club.

Who can attend?

Anyone of any age who is registered with the local General Practitioner’s practice.
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