Patient advisory group

Tracy Goodwin
Patient Partner

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“Patients are at the heart of Legs Matter. Everyone involved is so passionate about the campaign”

Tracy Goodwin has had a chronic leg ulcer for the last 15 years which started when she was in her early twenties. She has had to learn to live with an ulcer alongside bringing up a family and helping to run the family business. She is delighted that in May 2019, her leg ulcer is finally healed. She hopes to offer a patient’s perspective at Legs Matter.

Kristy Widdicombe-Dutch
Patient Partner

“I’m passionate about education, have a keen interest in health literacies & patient empowerment and want to make a difference and take action to improve things for patients. ”

Kristy feels like she is constantly having to tell her story and translate what she has experienced over a 20+ year period to health practitioners, managers and friends and family. Can you relate to this constant re-telling?

She has experienced leg issues since her 20’s, with swelling (what I now know is oedema) and issues with her circulation including varicose veins and, now in her 40’s, chronic venous insufficiency, secondary lymphovenous insufficiency along with venous eczema and dyshidrotic eczema on her feet. She has had two surgical interventions including stripping and radio frequency ablation on both legs and, as of last year, is a life-long friend of compression stockings!

Lynn Bullock
Patient Partner

“Legs Matter is a unique collaboration of organisations who have come together to standardise and improve lower limb care nationwide”

Lynn has hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy which causes muscle weakness in the feet, ankles and legs. She is passionate about improving the individual’s experience and believes everyone should have a voice in their treatment. She feels Legs Matter highlights the needs of people with lower leg and foot problems and is confident that together the coalition will not only help individual patients, but improve care at a national level.