Podiatry Service

Introduction

For the past few years patients have had a choice about where they go to hospital. If a GP refers their patient to hospital, the patient can choose where to go anywhere in the country. They might choose to have their care where there is a national expert in their condition, shorter waiting times, or that is close to their relatives.

In 2010 the Government made a commitment to extend this sort of choice to some health services which are provided outside hospital. In practice this would mean that when a patient is referred for a particular service (usually by their GP) they should be able to choose from a list of ‘qualified providers’ that meet NHS quality requirements.

In Lincolnshire one of the services which now offers more choice about who delivers care is podiatry and Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is committed to becoming the first choice provider of NHS podiatry services.

What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is the diagnosis and treatment, by podiatrists, of diseases and other disorders of the feet.

Podiatrists are highly skilled health professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.

 

For more information on the Podiatry Service please refer to the following document.

 Podiatry Service Information Leaflet

Where in Lincolnshire can I access the Podiatry Service?

There are 22 locations throughout Lincolnshire where patients can access our podiatry service. There are seven in the North West area of Lincolnshire, five in the South West of Lincolnshire, five in the North East area of Lincolnshire and three in the South East of Lincolnshire. Please refer to the following table.

 Locations for Podiatry Service