What is a Leg Club?
Leg Clubs are a research-based initiative providing treatment, health promotion, education and ongoing care for people who are experiencing leg related problems such as ulcers. They are held in non-clinical locations, staffed by our local practice nurses and community nurses, and supported by volunteers. This model of care has good evidence behind it, working to high clinical standards, allowing holistic care to be provided in an informal supportive environment. People who attend become club “members” rather than patients. No appointments are required, and members can drop in for a cup of tea or coffee whilst awaiting treatment.
What type of problems can be treated?
Lots of problems involving legs such as ulceration, lower leg eczema, skin tears, swollen leaky legs. The club offers members full expert assessment, leg dressing, advice, social interaction & refreshments.
What happens at the Clubs?
You will initially be checked in by a volunteer, who will take your details and give you a membership number if it is your first visit. In the waiting area, you will be offered refreshments by a volunteer and introduced to other members. Once the nursing staff are ready to see you, you will be brought to the clinical area. In this area treatment is undertaken collectively, with 2 or 3 people having their legs washed & dressed in the same area. People are encouraged to openly discuss treatment issues. Some people may require a fuller assessment at one of their first attendances, possibly using a couch, but most treatments are in a chair. The nursing staff (only) have computer access to your GP record, so they can be aware of relevant medical issues, as well as record their findings & actions.
Across the country Leg Clubs have been very popular with patients and very effective at healing leg ulcers and preventing recurrence. We hope that this service will suit most people with leg problems. Current services (eg GP surgeries) will continue to offer some leg dressing appointments, but the aim is that most patients will prefer to attend their nearest club. If you have any worries, please talk to your practice nurse, or better still come along to your closest club to see what’s happening-- the kettle is already on!
Leg Clubs rely on volunteers & fundraising to pay for the hire of the hall & equipment. Do you have any time to support us? If so, please contact us or drop in (further information on this below).
How is this going to work in Weymouth?
Since May 2019, Weymouth GP practices have been rolling out the Weymouth Leg Club across several different locations in Weymouth in association with the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation. There will soon be five clubs running in different locations each day (once each week in each location).
July 2018 saw the launch of the Leg Club on Portland which was set up by the nurses at Royal Manor Healthcare in association with the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation. The Club is every Thursday 9-12 at Community 2000 in Easton.
Volunteering & Fundraising
Leg Clubs are run by a group of volunteers, they check members in, and help serve refreshments. The emphasis is on social interaction with the aim of reducing isolation & feelings of loneliness: Loneliness is a significant health care issue for many people in our community. By setting up these Leg Clubs we hope to alleviate some of the social isolation & provide a welcoming environment.
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or would like to help fundraise, please contact us or drop in.