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.
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.