About Us

The name Esklymphology comes from the River North Esk that runs near to our base in Dalkeith, just outside Edinburgh.  Lymphology is the study of the lymphatic system and conditions such as lymphoedema.  The metaphor of a river seems a good way to describe the lymphatic system as it moves and balances fluid levels in our body.

Esklymphology was established by Dr Anne Williams, who has been a specialist lymphoedema nurse for over 20 years. Anne is a Lecturer in Nursing at Queen Margaret University, and has a background in cancer, palliative care and community nursing.  She has worked in various lymphoedema services in NHS, voluntary sector and private settings in Scotland and London.   Anne is a BUPA registered provider of lymphoedema treatment and manual lymph drainage therapy (MLD).

Anne trained in the Vodder method of MLD in 1994 and has seen many positive changes in lymphoedema care and treatment over the passing decades. Anne is an active researcher, teacher and writer, and has a variety of interest areas including self-care, compression therapy and manual lymph drainage. Anne also holds qualifications in aromatherapy, sports massage, and clinical hypnotherapy. Anne was awarded a PhD in 2011, after undertaking a research study into lymphoedema self-care.

Anne works with the lymphoedema self-management programme at The Haven Centres in Lanarkshire, and is an External Consultant to the NHS Highland Lymphoedema Project.  Our work at the Haven recently won an award in the Journal of Wound Care Awards 2015 and the NHS Highland Project has been shortlisted for the UK Patient Safety Awards 2015!

Anne is a Trustee of Talk Lipoedema, a voluntary sector organisation that supports people with lipoedema.

Anne has written over 30 journal papers and books, and is a member of the editorial team for the Journal of Community Nursing.

Some examples of Anne’s work:

Williams, A. and Whitaker, J. (2015) Measuring change in limb volume to evaluate lymphoedema treatment outcome. European Wound Management Association Journal, 15 (1), pp.27-32, May.

Whitaker, J. Williams, A. et al (2015) Clinical audit of a lymphoedema bandaging system: a foam roll and cohesive short stretch bandages. Journal of Wound Care, 24 (3), pp.83-94.

McGowan, A., Williams, A., Davidson, F. and Williams, J. (2013) A self-management group programme for people with lymphoedema: experiences from a Third Sector Project.  British Journal of Community Nursing, Chronic Oedema Supplement, October, pp.S6-12.

Williams, A. (2012) An evaluation of the lymphoedema self-management programme and overview of the literature. The Haven, Blantyre, Lanarkshire.

Williams, A. (2012) Working in partnership with patients to promote concordance with compression bandaging. Supplement. British Journal of Community Nursing, 17 (10), S1-15.

Williams, A. (2012) Living with and beyond breast cancer. Journal of Community Nursing, 26 (1), pp.6-8, 10.

Williams, A. (2010) Manual lymphatic drainage: exploring the history and evidence base. British Journal of Community Nursing, Supplement, 15 (4); pp. S18-23.

Williams, A. (2008) Lymphoedema. In: Corner, J. & Bailey, C.G. (eds) (2008) Cancer Nursing: Care in Context. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, Chapter 22, pp.496-503.

Williams, A.F. & Mortimer, P.S. (2007) Lymphoedema of the lower limb: causation, assessment and management. In: Morison, M., Moffatt, C. & Franks, P. (eds) Leg ulcers: a problem based approach. Edinburgh: Mosby Elsevier, Chapter 14, pp.243-260.

Williams, A.F., Franks, P.J. & Moffatt, C.J. (2005) Lymphoedema: estimating the size of the problem. Palliative Medicine, 19 (4), pp.300-313.

Williams, A.F., Vadgama, A., Franks, P.J. & Mortimer, P.S. (2002) A randomized controlled crossover study of manual lymphatic drainage therapy in women with breast cancer-related lymphoedema. European Journal of Cancer Care, 11 (4), pp.254-261.