A new service to provide care for people with serious leg ulcers is up and running in the South Cotswolds.

The service, run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, is designed to deliver the best available treatment and management of leg ulcers, combined with social support, in a friendly environment close to home.

Each patient receives a 90 minute initial assessment and ongoing treatment at the request of their GP. It should reduce pressure on GP practices and hospitals, as well as offer flexible appointments.

Leg ulcers can cause extreme pain, interrupt sleep and reduce mobility, which can in turn lead to social isolation and a significant reduction in quality of life.

The service is being run from Cirencester Hospital and the Milsom Centre in Cheltenham. It is due to extend to Stroud in March and across the rest of the county throughout 2016.