One-stop foot clinic set up in Lincolnshire
Newly introduced one-stop foot clinics in Lincolnshire are already seeing results just weeks after being set up to help prevent amputations in people with diabetes.
The clinics are being run at Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital, bringing together the expertise of vascular and orthopaedic surgeons, podiatrists, research nurses, radiology, microbiology, cast technicians and orthotics.
That means those with diabetes can receive screening, scans, check-ups and treatment all in one visit, helping to reduce time spent between appointments and for any diagnosed problems to be immediately dealt with.
Mr Murali Subramaniam, a vascular surgeon, on the team, said: “A diabetic patient is 16 times more at risk of having a limb amputation than a non-diabetic of the same age.
“Time is so important in these cases and having to wait for a referral to the diabetes foot team or vascular team could make a real difference between a patient keeping their foot or having to have it amputated. It really is that serious.
“By having these clinics a patient can come in see a diabetes doctor, have their foot treated by the podiatrist, they can seek the advice of the vascular team and can have scans, treatments and check-ups all in one visit.”
Dr Ammar Tarik is a consultant diabetologist at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), added: “By working so closely together we can prevent the risk of amputation it is as simple as that.
“It also has a positive impact on our patients general health, reduces mortality, reduces the number of hospital admissions, means fewer hospital outpatient visits for patients and improves their quality of life.
“Despite only running for a few weeks we are confident that we are going to see the new clinics having a positive impact, not only on the state of our patients’ feet but also their overall health.”