Who is the Community Podiatry Service for?
The service is for children, young people and adults who are registered with a Harrow GP.
What does the service provide?
Community Podiatry is a specialised service for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with foot and lower limb pathologies. It provides assessment, diagnosis and management of feet and lower limbs to support good foot health and maintain mobility.
The service provides:
- Expert advice and treatment for progressive cure and discharge. This includes effective care plans and support for those patients who are assessed to be in need of clinical care.
- Information, advice and training to providers of low-level foot care.
- Assessment and treatment for children, in addition to services for acute problems, e.g. infections and painful conditions such as in-growing toenails.
- Extensive advice for parents who are concerned about developmental problems with children’s feet and their gait.
The service has a number of learning disability champions and every effort is made to accommodate and make suitable adaptations where necessary.
How do I access the service?
Referrals can be made by health professionals, including GP, practice nurse, district nurse, school nurse, health visitor or Allied Health Professionals (e.g. physiotherapists, occupational therapists and dieticians). Referrals can be made by social care and care workers.
Access to the service will depend on podiatric and medical needs that are identified by professionals using a patient assessment tool.
The service is available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
The service is provided by London North West Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWHT).