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The Legs Matter campaign: reflections on COVID-19 and ‘get loud for legs’

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The Legs Matter campaign: reflections on COVID-19 and ‘get loud for legs’

Leanne Atkin, Tracey Goodwin
27 September 2020

So this year has not been a year anyone ever planned for or imagined could ever be possible. The impact of COVID-19 have been felt across the world, COVID-19 has taken so much from so many, with the loss of a loved one being the cruellest of impacts. It has changed summer for all of us, no summer holidays, limited socialising with friends and many events cancelled. This included our planned awareness week. Last year the efforts by so many across the UK really helped to raise the awareness of lower limb conditions, with many ‘Legs matters natters’ and Leg health checks, education events. I have always known, in general, healthcare is filled with passionate, caring people but what I did not realise was also how brilliantly creative and skilled many of you are. I have so many fond memories of all the colourful bunting, cakes, buns, posters, socks etc—your skills blew me away. I have two favourites from that week. The first was a cake of a bandaged limb which even had its toenails discoloured like the patient who had been using potassium permanganate—a great eye for detail. The second was the amazing talents of Laura MacKay, (Community Staff Nurse, Adult and Community Healthcare Team, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust) whose sketch of a person suffering with a leg ulcer is still etched on my mind—just a perfect visual reflection of what our patients go through every single day.

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