News & Media

27 August 2015

New high risk foot clinic for Gippsland

Latrobe Community Health Service recently launched a podiatry-led high risk foot clinic.

New high risk foot clinic for Gippsland

Latrobe Community Health Service recently launched a podiatry-led high risk foot clinic.

“For people with acute foot problems such as wounds, ulcers, infections and diabetes-related issues, care in Gippsland only extended so far before they needed to go to Melbourne,” said Stacey Beacham, podiatrist at Latrobe Community Health Service. “This new clinic addresses that problem.”

Clinic patient Edwin Eyles said the time saving from not travelling to Melbourne was enormous.

“Before I started coming here, I used to go to the Alfred Hospital,” Mr Eyles said. “When you travel to Melbourne, you’ve got to make a day of it because it’s such a long way. The foot clinic really saves a lot of travelling to Melbourne.”

“The staff are good here. I prefer to see the same person, because you build up a friendship.”

Ms Beacham said staff had undertaken additional training in order to provide the specialised service in Gippsland.

“From podiatrists, to dieticians, to diabetes educators, all of our staff provide a very advanced level of care,” said Ms Beacham. “We also have teleconferencing with Monash Health for further expert input.”

“We know that if you have one amputation, you are 50 percent more likely to have another amputation within five years. Our podiatry-led high risk foot clinic aims to help those with acute footcare needs, but also to intervene earlier and prevent patients from getting to the stage where they need an amputation.”

Community members can get a referral from their current healthcare provider, or self-refer by calling 1800 242 696.