The Podiatry Service, like other NHS services have continued to place patient welfare at the forefront of what they do, so patients with emergency, critical and urgent need have been attended to during the Coronvirus lockdown period. However, those patients who were scheduled to see the podiatry department at St Mary’s Hospital for their annual diabetes footcare checks, will have had their appointments cancelled as part of the lockdown measures taken to ensure the safety of patients and healthcare staff.

The NHS is trying to limit the number of people who physically visit the hospitals and clinics, so the team at St Mary’s Hospital are telephoning these patients to see how they are, and if they need a face to face appointment, they are re-booking theese appointments
on a two-weeks-ahead basis.

This ensures we can follow stringent guidelines to keep both patients and practitioners safe. Checking your feet every day is important to help prevent
foot problems, so that if you should find an ulcer forming or anything else of concern, you can get in touch with your GP and / or the podiatry service at St Mary’s Hospital. Most clinics have re-opened, except for West Cowes – patients from West Cowes can be seen at St Mary’s Hospital.