Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Podiatry Foot and Ankle Service

Last updated: 01 June 2020

Rheumatology Podiatry.

Who are Podiatrists?

Podiatrists are health professionals that specialise in the management and promotion of good foot and lower limb health. A Podiatrist will assess, diagnose and treat conditions affecting your feet and legs. All Podiatrists will have completed degree level training and are registered with, and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. The Podiatrists in this department have also undergone specialist training in rheumatology.

 

How can a Podiatrist help me?

A Podiatrist will help you to care for your feet by completing assessments that check your circulation, nerve function or overall health of the structures in your feet. The assessment may also include a review of your footwear and the way you walk, in addition to requests for specific imaging or review you latest blood tests. They will let you know about any potential risks to your foot health and how these can be reduced.

From time to time, Podiatrists may also complete treatments for the feet. The treatment given by Podiatrists ranges from assistance with wound care, the prescription of orthoses (insoles), the provision of some medication or steroid injections or recommendations for surgery to education and advice about more general foot care. The Podiatrist will work along with the rheumatology team when planning and giving treatment.

 

What will my appointment involve?

At your appointment a full examination of your feet (and legs where appropriate) will take place, according to your symptoms. The examination will include checking you have a good blood supply to your feet and that the nerves are responding correctly. The assessment may also include assessing ranges of movement and the alignment of your joints. This assessment may be carried while you are sitting down or when you are walking.

The assessment information is used to give a diagnosis and treatment plan whenever possible. The plan is often discussed with other members of the rheumatology team, so that it takes into account the many aspects of your health. Your views on the treatment plan are also valued.

Sometimes, only a single appointment is needed or you may need a course of treatment. Courses of treatment may take place either in the hospital or community setting.

 

Who are the Podiatrists in the department?

Lindsey Cherry, BSc, PhD: Lindsey is an NIHR clinical lecturer in Podiatric Rheumatology with Solent NHS Trust and a research & lecturer at the University of Southampton. More information about Dr Cherry and her research can be found here http://www.southampton.ac.uk/healthsciences/about/staff/lh1g06.page

Rachel Ferguson, BSc: Rachel is a Specialist Podiatrist with Solent NHS Trust and is currently completing a Masters in Research at the University of Southampton.

 

Useful links:

http://www.scpod.org/find-a-podiatrist/

Last updated - 20.1.20

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