Podiatry in the time of Coronavirus

9 Apr 2020

Podiatry is a frontline health service and, as such, I will continue to offer care for the duration of the Coronavirus crisis. This will take the form of home visits on Mondays and Fridays, including for elderly and vulnerable patients who are otherwise staying in self-isolation.

 
 

Podiatry in the time of Coronavirus

Podiatry in the time of Coronavirus

Podiatry is a frontline health service and, as such, I will continue to offer care for the duration of the Coronavirus crisis. This will take the form of home visits for elderly and vulnerable patients who are otherwise staying in self-isolation. UPDATE: For patients able to travel to clinic, we are now open for appointments, including less urgent cases, as of 4th June 2020.

For many of my patients, appointments will continue to be essential to maintaining good health including bearable levels of comfort in the feet. I’ve set out below the type of issues which will require urgent attention. I’ve also described the precautions which I will take and the ones you need to take to ensure I can treat you safely. 

I am also able to pick up any essential shopping, prescriptions and supplies for you and bring these to your appointment – please just let me know by midday on the day before your appointment if this would be of help.  I am very happy to do this for you and will not charge anything extra for this service.

What sort of treatments are urgent and essential during coronavirus?

Most issues which arise with your feet are better dealt with sooner-rather-than-later. Even in this time of national crisis, it remains essential to address the following:

  • Ingrown toe nail
  • Infected ingrown toenail – this may require antibiotics
  • Those with a previous history of foot ulceration (Diabetic or Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Any ulceration currently present
  • A suspected foot infection which may require antibiotics
  • Bleeding and/or pus or another foot wound
  • Significant foot pain impacting the ability to walk or exercise to improve mental health throughout this period

What coronavirus precautions will I take during a home visit?

As a healthcare professional, I have always used “personal protective equipment”, or PPE, whilst treating patients. As well as keeping my hands spotlessly clean, I will wear gloves, an apron and face mask throughout your appointment.  I will limit what I touch in your house and will take all rubbish away with me for safe disposal. 

What do I ask from you in return?

It is crucial that you advise me if you are unwell before your appointment. Please call me with as much notice as possible, but if you can only give a hour’s notice, that’s fine too. The important thing is to call.

Please also wash your hands before your appointment thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and warm water. 

Remember, if you experience a new persistent cough, have a high temperature OR have come into contact with a suspected or confirmed case of Coronavirus, please call to cancel your appointment. In this situation, please also check the latest NHS Scotland Guidance on whether you need to self-isolate.

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