A Partnership Approach: Helping Patients with Leg Ulcers and Varicose Veins – Wounds UK 2018; Vol 14: No 3: p86-87.

A partnership approach - helping patients with leg ulcers and varicose veins - Leg Ulcer Charity and Lindsay Leg Club in Wounds UK

A partnership approach – helping patients with leg ulcers and varicose veins – Leg Ulcer Charity and Lindsay Leg Club in Wounds UK

This article appeared in Wounds UK, reporting the collaborative work between the Lindsay Leg Clubs and the Leg Ulcer Charity.

Ellie Lindsay OBE (founder of the Lindsay Leg Clubs) was the guest of honour at the recent College of Phlebology meeting in London. At this meeting, The Leg Ulcer Charity ran a leg ulcer stream for all 3 days.

The link between varicose veins and venous leg ulcers has been known to venous surgeons for many years. This means that treating varicose veins can prevent most venous leg ulcers. Also, most venous leg ulcers can now be cured by varicose vein surgery. As this can now be done as walk-in, walk-out procedures under local anaesthetic, even elderly and unfit patients can be treated safely.

Both Ellie Lindsay of the Lindsay Leg Clubs and Mark Whiteley of the Leg Ulcer Charity are dedicated to get this message out to patients and those who care for leg ulcer patients.

Saving money for the NHS and improving quality of life

If all of the patients with venous leg ulcers due to varicose veins or “hidden varicose veins” were cured, the NHS would save over £2 billion in leg ulcer dressings – every year!

These resources would then be available for patients with leg ulcers that are more complex and cannot be cured with varicose veins surgery.

To see full article: http://legulcercharity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Leg-Ulcer-Charity-and-Lindsay-Leg-Club-in-Wounds-UK-2018-Mark-Whiteley-and-Ellie-Lindsay-OBE.pdf

Further information about the link between varicose veins and venous leg ulcers, including who should be referred for assessment and treatment can be found on: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg168