Diabetic foot clinics will be available every weekday morning at Walsall Manor Hospital from next week as funding is targeted to improve patients’ care and treatment.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is able to increase its morning diabetic foot clinics from two to five from Tuesday 3 October 2017 thanks to £1.2m that it has secured through NHS England’s Diabetes Transformation Fund. The Trusts worked with colleagues in podiatry, Public Health Walsall, Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group, Diabetes UK and a Consultant from Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust to develop the successful bid.
Walsall has the third highest prevalence of diabetes in the country and at any one time around 22% of patients at Walsall Manor Hospital are diabetic patients. This enhanced service is key to helping the Trust’s specialists to reduce the number of amputations in the borough as well as focus on preventative work.
Dr Krishnasamy Senthil-Kumar, Walsall Healthcare’s Consultant who leads the Multi-Disciplinary Foot Team, said: “This is good news for our patients with diabetes as it means they will have greater access to the specialist service they need to ensure their foot problems are identified and treated in a timely manner to avoid deterioration. The earlier that problems are addressed, the better the outcome for patients.
“Foot problems are among the most serious - and costly - complications of diabetes and prevention is so important as we work with a patient to lower their chances of foot problems and diabetic infections.”
Dr Senthil-Kumar will lead a team made up of podiatrists Ian Tarr, Lindsey Phillips and Catherine Cann.
Ian added: “We will see any diabetic patients who may need a treatment plan for a foot ulcer, infection, offloading, advice on how to improve circulation or specialist shoes. Additional clinics will help us improve patients’ experience and work with them to prevent conditions deteriorating.”
The clinics will run Monday to Friday from 9am until 12.30pm and can be contacted via email@example.com or by calling 01922 270382.
The NHS England funding, which is over a two year period, has also meant Walsall Healthcare will be able to double its diabetes nurse specialists to four.