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Right Arrow Drop-in foot clinic for diabetic patients launches
18 November 2013 at 16:44

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is launching a drop-in foot clinic for diabetic patients.

The pilot clinic will run on Monday mornings from 2 December 2013 for eight weeks. The clinic is specifically for diabetic patients who have a break in the skin, redness, swelling, pain or possible infection in the foot that they feel cannot wait to be seen.

Tim Caslake, Podiatrist Team Leader, said: “We keep a close eye on our diabetic patients’ feet because there is often a link between the health of their feet and their blood sugar levels.

“There can also be problems if cuts, redness, swelling, pain or infection in their feet are left for too long without treatment. By holding these drop-in sessions we hope to provide timely, efficient care and relief for the patient and possibly prevent a trip to the hospital.”

The clincs are open to diabetic patients only and will be held on Monday mornings from 2 December 2013 to 20 January 2014 between 8.45am and 11am at Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Houghotn Street. There is no need to book, simply turn up between 8.45am and 11am on the day. If the pilot is successful it is hoped the clinic be rolled out to other locations.

Patients wishing to attend the clinic should bring a current list of medications. Attending the drop-in clinic will not affect the waiting time for future routine appointments.

Issued by Kimberley Rushton, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 705061

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.