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Rachel McGrath, 48 from Heaton, Newcastle, was referred to our Lymphoedema Service in January after being diagnosed with lymphoedema in her right arm

On Rachel’s first appointment she spent two hours with one of our Practitioners, who took the time to care for her lymphoedema and support her personally.

Rachel said:

“My initial thoughts of St Oswald’s is that it’s an amazing place. Despite being in the middle of a pandemic, I have received lots of support from the Hospice, including telephone consultations and face-to-face appointments. Through all the contact I have had, the staff have been brilliant and taken the time to thoroughly explain my condition and listen to my queries. On my first appointment, I was really upset about something that was unrelated to my lymphoedema, and the Practitioner spent two hours with me making sure I was OK.

“As well as my appointments, I have been given lots of information to help manage my condition, such as information about breathing techniques and exercises to help my lymphoedema. I waited over a year and a half to be diagnosed with the condition, but I feel that in the short time I have been supported by the Hospice, my lymphoedema has already improved and is less painful.”

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