Healing light trialled at Marchglen Care Centre

Pioneering light therapy used on a trial basis at a specialist care home in Forth Valley is now to become a permanent treatment at the home for a range of conditions, including pressure ulcers.

The Bioptron 2 device will assist patients at Marchglen Care Centre in Clackmannanshire, where it has been used to help long term resident  Andrew Clark.

Mr Clark, a retired charge nurse who worked at Stirling Royal Infirmary, is pictured with (left to right) Marchglen deputy manager Marek Tarnawski, light company managing director Hani Rifai and NHS Forth Valley Consultant in Neurological Rehabilitation Dr Robert Prempeh.

Dr Prempeh, who is a visiting consultant, said Mr Clark had had a persistent ulcer for more than a year, but within three months of light therapy it was almost completely healed. He added: “Many people in Marchglen spend much of their lives in bed, leaving them particularly vulnerable to ulcers. These can be very debilitating as well as significantly increasing the cost of their care. This new technique has been proved to work in reducing the healing time.”

Lorena Love, Care Home Manager at Marchglen, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have this pioneering piece of equipment which will help in the treatment of a range of painful skin conditions at this and our neighbouring homes.”

The light therapy system emits light that is similar to that part of the electromagnetic system produced naturally by the sun but with no UV radiation.  It can be used as a complementary therapy for wound healing, including burns, leg ulcers and pressure injuries, as part of physiotherapy treatment, for skin conditions and can also help people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Marchglen provides nursing care in a purpose built environment for up to 36 people in four small homes within the grounds. Each home provides different types of care and support including physical disabilities, learning disabilities and challenging behaviours in both young adults and elderly.

If you would like to find out more about life at Marchglen and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5522 or marchglen@CaringHomes.org.


Home Manager

Marek Tarnawski


2 Gannel Hill View,
FK10 3GN

0808 223 5522
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