Barnstaple club gives patients a leg-up with healing
Healing rates are on the rise for people suffering serious leg conditions following the launch of a new club in the Westcountry.
The Leg Club, the first of its kind in the South West, aims to provide care and support for people with conditions such as leg ulcers.
More than 30 patients have been referred to the service since it was launched in April 2012, with almost half having their conditions healed.
The volunteer-run club helps and encourages people to venture out of their home, as many conditions are socially isolating.
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Roy Pearce, who had not left his house for three years until he started attending the club, said: “The only time I went out was if I had to go into hospital because an ambulance would come and get me and that was the only way I could get out.
“I really enjoy coming to the club and think it’s a great thing. The nurses give you so much confidence and that can help you to heal quicker. I honestly believe that.”
The club is a led by nurses from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and there are now plans to open more clubs across the area.
Lead community nurse Meg Mew said: “Leg ulcers and other lower leg conditions are socially isolating and disabling. It is easy for sufferers to think it is just them, but in fact they are very common.
“We have found that at first patients are reluctant to attend the club but once they actually get here and meet with others suffering from similar problems they enjoy it and look forward to coming each week.”