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Improved facilities for patients receiving diabetic foot care at Musgrove Park Hospital - 12 June 2015

Improved facilities for patients receiving diabetic foot care at Musgrove Park Hospital - 12 June 2015

Podiatry Room Opening EventMusgrove Park Hospital has opened a new specialist diabetes podiatry room. The facilities, which were formally opened at an event in May 2015, which celebrated the new Somerset integrated diabetes foot care service, facilities offered to patients and the great improvements the hospital has seen in amputation rates.

Historically, Somerset has had high rates of amputation in patients with diabetes. For the last three years, Musgrove Park Hospital has been keen to drive forward change in this area, both within the hospital and across the county. 

Musgrove Park Hospital has worked in close collaboration with Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Somerset Partnership and Yeovil District Hospital to find a countywide solution to this problem, which starts with prevention but also focuses on quick and efficient referral when disease does develop. 

Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at Musgrove, Dr Julia Thomas, said: “The new service has streamlined referral pathways so that diabetes patients with known high and intermediate risk to their feet can directly refer themselves to emergency foot clinics and community podiatrists can directly refer to consultants or for admission.  Barriers between community and hospital teams have been broken down, creating a ‘Super- Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)’ spanning Somerset. 

“The service has at its heart National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Diabetes UK recommendations and from these we have built a practical service that meets the needs of patients in Somerset.

“We are delighted with this new Specialist Diabetes Podiatry Room, situated in the Musgrove Vascular Unit.  The room will be used for patients with complex foot disease to allow them to see a range of specialists, including Podiatrists, Vascular Surgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons and Diabetes Consultants.  This is multidisciplinary care with the patient at the centre.”

Musgrove’s service was peer reviewed by NHS England in January 2015.  The comments the hospital received reinforced the great work they had achieved in a short space of time.  However, the results speak for themselves. The number of major limb amputations performed in patients with diabetes at Musgrove Park Hospital is dramatically falling: 22 cases in 2012; 20 cases in 2013 and only 12 cases in 2014.