Lincolnshire hospitals open one-stop foot clinics for people with diabetes

New foot clinics have been launched in Lincolnshire in a bid to cut back foot amputations in people with diabetes.

The new initiative from Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital gives a one-stop foot clinic the place sufferers can obtain screening, scans, check-ups and remedy multi functional go to.

This sort of supply helps to cut back the time spent between appointments and for any recognized issues to be instantly handled.

Mr Murali Subramaniam, a Vascular Surgeon on the staff, stated: “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.”

People with diabetes have the next threat of foot issues, with one in 10 anticipated to develop a foot ulcer in some unspecified time in the future of their life. However, preserving good management of blood glucose ranges, consuming healthily and getting common train can decrease this threat considerably.

This new clinic set-up was instigated following statistics that exposed round 25 main amputations (above or beneath the knee) are carried out every year in Lincolnshire due to diabetes. Significantly, 80% of those amputations may very well be prevented.

The clinics carry collectively the experience of a variety of healthcare professionals together with vascular and orthopaedic surgeons, in addition to nurses and forged technicians.

“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,” added Dr Ammar Tarik, a Consultant Diabetologist at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

“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.”