General Care


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All new general footcare (routine) patients are seen for an initial 30 minute assessment appointment (this also applies if you have not been seen for more than 2 years).

During the consultation we will take your medical history, in addition to the physical assessment. It helps us greatly if you complete a medical history form and bring it with you, copies can be downloaded here.

We record details including your: name, address, telephone number, email address, date of birth, GP name and address, past and current medical history, allergies, medication, and any previous Podiatry treatment.

This is known as your minimum data set and recording it is a legal requirement. If you refuse to give us this information we will not be able to offer you treatment at our practice. We keep all the information you give us confidentially, in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, the Health Professions Council and the Data Protection Act (we are registered data users registered with the Information Commission).

In most cases treatment will be provided at your first appointment, however, if your assessment takes longer to complete (maybe you need further tests) then you will be invited back for another appointment.

Many NHS trusts do not now provide services for people with basic foot care needs unless they have an underlying medical disorder and are considered to be a high risk patient.

If you are housebound we may be able to provide podiatry care for you at home, please telephone your nearest surgery and the receptionist will be happy to organise this for you. (NB home visits are only offered to house bound patients within a specific distance of the surgery).

We normally write to your GP, after your first appointment, to inform them that you are registered with our practice and give brief details of any treatment plan. Please tell us if you do not wish us to communicate any information to your GP.