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Welcome to the Leg Ulcers Website

Now recruiting for a research study on the impact of leg ulcers

The Leg Ulcer charity is performing a research study, asking individuals with leg ulcers or those who care for them, to answer an online questionnaire.
For this study, we are not including paid health care professionals - just those individuals with leg ulcers and the friends, family or volunteers who provide care for them.

The project is interested in your thoughts and feelings regarding leg ulcers and their impact. It is investigating the wellbeing of people with leg ulcers, the wellbeing of their carers and the relationships between them. Your responses to this questionnaire will help us gain a better understanding and influence how people like you are supported in the future.

Participation should take no longer than 30 minutes, and can be completed online, via freepost questionnaire or telephone completion. Participants must be over the age of 18. For more information, and to take part online, please click here

If you would prefer to take part via paper questionnaires (a large print version is available) or telephone completion, please contact the research team using the contact details below:

Pippa Tollow
01483 689 444
p.tollow@surrey.ac.uk

This research is being sponsored by The Leg Ulcer Charity, and completed by PhD Student Pippa Tollow. The study has been reviewed and received a favourable opinion from NHS Research Ethics Committee (South Central – Berkshire B), and the University of Surrey Ethics Committee.



This website will provide you with up to date information about Leg Ulcers, explaining both treatment and prevention - and how we can CURE most leg ulcers nowadays. Why?

Because:

  • About 120,000 people are suffering from leg ulcers today in the UK
  • About 500,000 people get recurrent leg ulcers in the UK
  • Approximately half of the people could be permanently cured - if they saw a specialist vascular surgeon and had specialist surgery
  • A very large number of people are slowly developing leg ulcers - and most never get the advice they need to prevent the ulcers developing

Most people with leg ulcers, or who are at risk of getting leg ulcers, never see a specialist vascular surgeon and so never get a chance to be cured.

Those with leg ulcers get into the routine of recurrent dressings and bandages - this temporarily heals the ulcer, which then breaks down again and again and again. Those at risk of leg ulcers are sent away with skin creams or pressure stockings, allowing the skin to worsen and the ulcer to develop.

The purpose of this site is:

  • to inform patients with leg ulcers what can be done for them
  • to inform people at risk of ulceration what they should do
  • to give people an idea of who is suitable for treatment and what results that they should expect

Our hope in developing this site is that many people who have given up hope of getting rid of the leg ulcers will be able to find a cure - and that people who are at risk of developing leg ulcers realise the fact and seek specialist help before they develop their leg ulcers.

This site is written by: The Specialist Vascular Consultants at The Whiteley Clinic.

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