The Island Leg Club gets a little help from the Lions

Lions Dave Woolford and Roger Surtherland (Not in picture) present the equipment to the Leg Club staff and patients.

Helen Naerger, a practise nurse from the Royal Manor Healthcare, who set up the group, thanked the Weymouth and Portland Lions Club for their generous donation which allowed them to purchase the equipment said “The Island Leg Club was set up in July 2018 and meets every Thursday morning between 9-12 on a drop-in basis at Community 2000 in Easton Portland. The Club is run by a group of volunteers who provide coffee and cakes and a welcoming environment. It is open to anyone registered at Royal Manor Healthcare with a lower leg problem. We have already found that many of our members self-refer and the Leg Club provides an accessible setting for opportunistic early detection and treatment. Every leg club member is invited to provide a full history of their problem and each member is assessed by a nurse and who is competent in undertaking doppler assessments. In order to carry out these assessments we required specialist equipment. The Island Leg Club is very grateful to the Lions Club who provided the funds to buy a mobile bed and privacy screen. This enables our assessments to be carried out as quickly as possible in our non-clinical setting, the nurses are now able to provide treatment straight away if required. The aim of the club is to provide leg ulcer management in a social environment, with the emphasis on reducing loneliness and social isolation which in turn has a positive impact on healing rates and the members general well-being. The generous input from the Lions Club is greatly appreciated and has helped in bringing together our new club for the local community”.