Assessment and treatment of lymphedema to resume at the Edmundston Regional Hospital

Edmundston, June 20, 2019 - The Edmundston Rotary Club recently made a generous donation of $4,160 to the Physiotherapy Department of Edmundston Regional Hospital.

This donation allowed Maryse Castonguay, a physiotherapist in the department, to take training on the assessment and treatment of lymphedema, a type of swelling caused by the abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid.

This training will allow the treatment for this condition – unavailable in the Northwest Zone since February 2017 – to be reintroduced.  

Patients needing lymphedema assessment and treatment services have been forced to go to Campbellton, Moncton or Waterville to get these services.

The department manager, Chantal Ayotte, is pleased that the service will be reintroduced. “The rollout will be gradual, starting in July 2019. We estimate that between 50 and 100 patients from the region will benefit. There is clearly a need for this service in the community,” she stressed.

Gary Thorne, President of the Edmundston Club Rotary, and Douglas Couture, Vice-President, underlined how proud the club’s members are to have contributed to such an important project for the community.  “We wish you and Maryse much success delivering this essential service,” he added.

In the photo, from left to right: Gary Thorne, President of the Edmundston Rotary Club, Maryse Castonguay, physiotherapist, Chantal Ayotte, Physiotherapy Department Manager, and Douglas Couture, Vice-President of the Edmundston Rotary Club.