"Podiatry: why can I not be seen every 4 weeks?"

About: Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust / Podiatry & orthotics

(as the patient),

I am 83 and still paying taxes but am not getting the treatment I need. Ideally I should have my feet treated every 4 weeks but have been told that I cannot have them done as frequently as that and will have to wait 6 weeks, it makes it very difficult for me to walk 4 weeks after treatment so the last two weeks are very difficult.

The next appointment they have given me is at the end of June – I asked how many weeks that would be and was told ‘in 7 weeks’ but when I looked at the calendar at home it is 8 weeks before I go again -.

Why can’t they have more podiatrists so that older people like me can be seen every 4 weeks?

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Response from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Many thanks for your posting about the podiatry service. I am sorry to hear that you are unhappy about how long you are having to wait until your next appointment. So that I can find some more detail about the circumstances in your case, please could you contact me at steven.edwards@lancashirecare.nhs.uk.

Steven Edwards

Service Experience Manager

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Response from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

The follow up time between podiatry appointments is dependent on the patient's clinical need. At each appointment, the podiatrist will review the patient's treatment plan and recommend a suitable return time.

We would need to speak to you further to find out exactly what has happened in your case. So we can do this, please could you contact the podiatry team leader on 01772 644503 or 01772 777631.

Amanda Housley

Service Integration Manager

Ambulatory and Memory Assessment Services

Greater Preston

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