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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – If you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough, you are asked to self-isolate; please DO NOT ATTEND Leg Club, your GP practice, pharmacy or hospital.  Latest information can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 can be used as a symptom checker.

Island Leg Club members, please contact Royal Manor Health Care.

Following government advice on social distancing, we are temporarily changing the Weymouth Leg Club setup from Monday 23rd March.  Before then, please attend Leg Club as normal.

We will still be offering a daily service to enable care to continue but this will not be a walk in / sit and wait service.  Instead, you will be offered a pre-booked appointment and asked to attend at a specific time to account for the requirement of social distancing.  These daily appointments will be at Wyke Regis Community Centre to help us manage this required change.  

We will be contacting each active member to book you in, but if you need to contact us in the coming weeks, please call Katie on 07951 980091; if she is unavailable, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible between 9am – 5pm.  Please only use this number for Leg Club appointment queries.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus.

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Social distancing - steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus.

1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;

2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;

3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;

4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs;

5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media;

6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

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Below is info on Leg Clubs for when normal service resumes


Leg Club Venues

We now have 6 Leg Clubs running across Weymouth & Portland.

The Portland venue opens at 9.00 and we ask that the last member arrives by 11.45. For all Island Leg Club queries, please contact Royal Manor Health Care

Weymouth venues open at 9.30 and we ask that the last member arrives by 12.00. For all Weymouth Leg Club queries, please contact Teresa on 01305 831330 or email, or email our Lead Nurse, Mel.

Weymouth - Monday Leg Club 
St Francis' Church
Merridin Close
Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 6SJ

Weymouth - Tuesday Leg Club
Westham Methodist Church
103 Newstead Road
Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 0AR

Weymouth - Wednesday Leg Club 
Willowbed Hall
Putton Lane, Chickerell
Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4AJ

Island Leg Club - Thursday
Community 2000
6 Straits, Easton
Portland, Dorset, DT5 1HG

Weymouth - Thursday Leg Club
The Springfield Centre/Reynolds Centre
536 Dorchester Road
Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5BY

Weymouth - Friday Leg Club 
Wyke Regis Community Centre
7 Ryemead Lane
Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9NS

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. This is now a daily service across five different locations.

Like our Facebook group to keep in touch.

Portland – Island Leg Club

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.

All our Leg Clubs are in association with The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.

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.