St Oswald’s Lymphoedema Service, based in Gosforth, Newcastle, has won the British Lymphology Society’s awards for ‘Innovation in Practice’ and ‘BestNovice Poster’.
The awards recognise St Oswald’s pilot Patient Education programme which was created by the nursing team after feedback from Lymphoedema patients. It offers the opportunity to access sessions about skin care, exercise and movement.
A pilot scheme at a Newcastle hospice which helps patients with a long-term illness to manage their condition has proved so successful it will be extended.
St Oswald's Hospice ran the one-year Patient Education Programme within its Lymphoedema Service.
It was designed to give patients knowledge and skills to be able to self-manage their condition.
Each programme runs for six weeks and covers skin care, exercise and movement, nutrition, lifestyle changes, lymphatic massage and use of compression garments.
"Lymphoedema can be managed effectively when diagnosed and treated early and this includes the promotion of self care.
"We've always provided education to our Lymphoedema patients during their appointments - however, patients told us they can feel overwhelmed by the amount of information they have to take in.
"Our new programme allows us to provide practical help and advice in bite-size chunks.
"The sessions also provide an opportunity for patients to share their experiences, support each other and consider how to cope with a chronic condition."
– Jill Lisle, practice development lead
St Oswald's has been providing a Lymphoedema Service for the last 25 years.
It now supports more than 1,400 patients from across the North East.
"Due to the success of the pilot we will be continuing the Patient Education Programme, inviting the majority of our patients to take part from now on, and we are looking forward to developing the programme further."
An open day is being held at gardens across Northumberland to help raise money for St Oswald's Hospice - a charity that provides specialist care for North East adults, young people and children with life limiting conditions.
Whalton Manor Gardens, Meldon Park house and gardens, Chipchase Castle grounds, Chillingham Castle gardens, Kirkley Hall gardens and Mindrum garden will all be open as part of the Open Gardens weekend which is taking place this weekend
Author Celia Bryce has opened a charity's first book shop which will raise funds to keep a Newcastle hospice running.
The former nurse was on hand for the official opening of St Oswald's Hospice book shop in Gosforth's High Street.
As well as books it sells DVDs, CDs, records and retro-style new goods.
Celia was born in Jarrow and now lives in Tynemouth. Celia donated a signed copy of her new novel Anthem For Jackson Dawes, for sale in the bookshop.
The store has an easy-reach children's section as well as sections for fiction, cookery, history, military, biography, and reference.
St Oswald's needs to raise £6.5 million each year to continue its work with families in the North East.
"I was so pleased to be asked to be involved in the opening of the shop. It looks absolutely fantastic, just like a proper local book shop should.
"You can really see the effort that has been put into it. Christine and her volunteers should be very proud. I'll definitely be popping in again soon."
– Celia Bryce
"We're very excited to be opening our first dedicated bookshop on the high street. It's a great opportunity for supporters to see the huge range, and the quality, of books which are donated to our shops, from fiction and biographies to cookery and text books - and everything in between.
"The shop will also sell CDs, records, DVDs and vintage-style new goods so there's something for everyone. Buying items from our shops is a fantastic way to support a local charity."
– Andrew Moir, retail services manager for St Oswald's