High Risk Podiatry

feet

In Bexley, people with diabetes who have foot ulceration, neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, retinopathy or nephropathy are eligible for treatment.

One of the main service aims is to prevent tissue breakdown and the risk of ulceration.

If foot problems are detected and managed appropriately from the start, they can prevent hospital admissions and foot or leg amputations.

This service is for high risk patients only and priority is given to those patients with acute foot conditions such as ulceration, Charcot or ingrowing toenails.  Patients who are eligible for this service are given a full podiatric assessment, an individual treatment plan, advice on the treatment needed and advice on self care.

A nail surgery service is also offered for patients with painful ingrowing toenails, and this surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic.

Where can I attend an appointment for the high risk service?

The podiatry team hold community clinics at two venues in Bexley; one at the Barnard Medical Practice, in Sidcup and the other at Erith Health Centre.

The team can also attend a house visit if a patient is housebound.

The team also offer an over the phone advice service: 0203 260 5152.

There is also a clinic dedicated to people with diabetic foot problems held at the Diabetes Centre, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, for a day and a half a week.  This clinic has the advantage of having access to diabetes consultant if required.

Please see you GP to be referred to this service. If you have an ulceration you should be referred to the podiatry team immediately.

Block A Level One, Queen Mary's Hospital, Frognal Avenue, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LT Diabetes Queries: 020 8269 3419