The Gold Coast Health High Risk-Foot Podiatry Service is a service for patients with current foot ulcer, peripheral arterial disease, peripheral neuropathy, previous foot ulceration and/or lower limb amputation.
The service aims to reduce hospital admissions/length of stay associated with foot and lower limb disease, reduce the number of non-traumatic lower limb amputations and support and promote foot health practices.
General Practitioners are pivotal in the identification of the largely unrecognised population of people with a potential high-risk foot.
Gold Coast Health Podiatry Services aim to offer assessment of new foot ulcers and Acute Charcot foot within 48 working hours of referral.
Early referral for new foot ulcers is the key to successful management and improving outcomes.
Discharge/transfer of care from High Risk Foot Service
Once the High-risk foot is stable, the podiatrists may discharge some patients to Primary Care.
Patients will be provided with a discharge card, encouraging them to see their GP regularly and to be referred if problems arise with their feet.
The GP will be provided with a discharge summary outlining the foot assessment of the patient and the management provided by the High-Risk Foot Podiatry Service.
Podiatry clinic Locations
Gold Coast University Hospital referrals:
- Gold Coast University Hospital
- Robina Health Precinct
- Helensvale Community Health Centre
Send referrals to HighRiskFootPodiatryService@health.qld.gov.au
or Fax: 07 5687 7626
Robina Health precinct or Helensvale Community Health referrals:
Send referrals to: CentralintakeunitGCHSD@health.qld.gov.au
Or Fax: 1300 668 536
Telephone: 1300 668 936
To view the Gold Coast Health High-Risk Foot Podiatry Service Referral Criteria click here
Referral templates have now been updated and are available on the GCPHN referral template page here under Podiatry templates