Monthly Archives - March 2020

NHS Podiatry Face to Face consultations during Covid-19

NHS Podiatry Patients welcome – Small fee required for consultation see below

Our team of private podiatrists also work within the National Health Service and understand very well about the significant pressures that Covid-19 has placed on local foot services.  The NHS understandably needs to prioritise people who are considered high risk or who have acute foot problems whilst also monitoring staffing levels during this pandemic period. As a result, all non-essential appointments have been cancelled.

South West Podiatry have taken steps to support our local NHS Podiatry service.  From the 25th March 2020 until the 1st of June 2020, we are offering appointments to anybody who has been previously reviewed by the local NHS Podiatry services within the last 3 months, who require an urgent foot service.

Please see the criteria below prior to attending your appointment:

Please note that in order for us to be able to offer this service, there will be a small fee to cover some of costs of the clinic costs including: administrative duties, dressings, medicines and staff costs.  This appointment is available for initial consultations and follow-up consultations during the period of 25th March 2020 to 1st June 2020, at a discounted rate of £32 per appointment. We would also welcome any NHS Key worker staff to support any foot concern at a 50 % discounted rate on fee’s throughout this period.

If you require ingrown toenail surgery or a Remote Podiatry Video Consultation in order to reduce contact, we have also discounted our private fee for NHS Podiatry patients who fall into the criteria below, by 50% during this period. We are happy to discuss the cost of this with you, as costs will vary according to what you may need.

Face to face appointments will be scheduled at our Earlsfield clinic only, SW184HR.  This service aims to reduce strain on the local NHS Podiatry team.

Please note that you do not need to contact your GP or local NHS Podiatry service to access South West Podiatry. Schedule your appointment online by clicking the following link: Book Online

You will need to provide one of the following documents below during your consultation:

  • An appointment letter or correspondence from the local NHS Podiatry service valid within the last 3 months
  • An SMS appointment confirmation from the local NHS Podiatry service, valid within the last 3 months
  • An email from the local NHS Podiatry service confirming that you have received care within the last 3 months

Please see the below criteria to determine if you may qualify for such an appointment:

  • Seen within the NHS Podiatry service within the last 3 months (The patient does not need to contact the local NHS Podiatry service)
  • Ingrown toe nail
  • Infected ingrown toenail requiring antibiotics
  • A previous history of foot ulceration (Diabetic or Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Ulceration currently present
  • Suspected infection / foot infection requiring antibiotics
  • Bleeding / pus or foot wound
  • Significant foot pain impacting the ability to walk or exercise to improve mental health throughout this period

Exclusion criteria for this type of consultation:

  • Firstly, please consider if your condition is Urgent or whether your condition could be delayed without causing a complication.  To reduce Face to Face contact please also consider a Remote Podiatry Video Consultation
  • Non-Essential foot problem
  • Routine foot care including low risk nail cutting, hard skin, verrucae or callus
  • Low risk diabetic foot care (Please consider if you have any of the above inclusion criteria)
  • Sports injury excluding suspected fracture
  • Musculoskeletal conditions (Excluding suspected fracture)
  •  Nail care (Excluding high risk diabetic nail care)
  • Hard skin removal (Excluding high risk diabetic patients who have had a history of ulceration / wound or infection)
  • We encourage you to seek a local private podiatrist near you by searching the NHS database of podiatrists.  Click HERE to search the database
  • Patients who schedule appointments who cannot prove they have been managed within the local NHS Podiatry service will be charged at our usual private self-pay fees

Click HERE to schedule your NHS Urgent Face to Face Podiatry consultation today at our Earlsfield Clinic.

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Covid-19 – UPDATE – We are OPEN

UPDATED: 21/03/2020 “OPEN – Operating a reduced clinical service and Remote Podiatry Consultations”

NEWS: To minimise contact with new clients and to help our existing clients continue to manage foot pain including ingrown toe nails, we have a Remote Video Consultation platform.  To schedule a Video Consultation with your Foot and Ankle specialist, book online here: www.swpodiatry.co.uk/book-appointment

At South West Podiatry we are very much aware and understand concern about Covid-19. Whilst the situation is ever-changing, South West Podiatry are monitoring the development daily and are actively taking guidance from the NHS, government business guidance and expert advice by the Chief Medical Officer, Public Health England.

Covid-19 – We wanted to let you know that as a business we are open and operating a reduced service with clients also able to access South West Podiatry via Remote Video Consultation. As Key workers we want to make sure we can fulfil the needs of our clients during these times 

As a medical practice generally managing bacterial and viral infections on a daily basis, our cleaning and hygiene standards are in line with current College of Podiatry, Health Care Profession Council and NHS guidelines. We want to tell you about some of the steps we take on a daily basis at each of our clinical sites:

  • In each of our locations we pay particular attention to the surfaces that customers and colleagues touch most regularly.
  • We use Chlorhexidine (Hibi Scrub) hand wash before and after each clients consultation.
  • We encourage clients to use Chlorhexadine Hibi Scrub handwashing or alcohol gel which is available at each clinical site.
  • Clinell Antibacterial wipes are used before and after each consultation to wipe the patient couch, chairs and any equipment used.
  • We are also being extra cautious in terms of any colleague signs of illness, isolating where necessary and going over and above the advice from government and the WHO. We are checking the following NHS 111 Covid-19 online information page daily: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
  • Finally, we’re in constant contact with all relevant authorities to make sure that we continue to do everything we can.

In return, we ask that you please do not attend your appointment if you feel unwell. As well as:

  • Keep your hands clean, wash regularly and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch all coughs and sneezes and then bin the tissue – then wash your hands with soap and water or use a sanitiser.

If you experience a new persistent cough, have a high temperature OR have come into contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, please do not attend your appointment, self-isolate for 7 days and call 111. Families will need to self isolate for 14 days.  Please check the following NHS 111 link to review if you need to self isolate and cancel your appointment: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

If you need to cancel your appointment, please call 02071646607. During this period we will apply a reasonable cancellation policy. Please try and give our organisation as much notice as possible if you wish to cancel your appointment.

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Podiatry Video Consultation – Helping you manage Foot or Ankle pain

The use of technology is key for our organisation to provide excellent patient care. South West Podiatry have launched an innovative Video Consultation platform which aims to bring a specialist to the your hands in the comfort of your own home.

Our technology:

South West Podiatry are using the latest video conferencing technology to ensure that we can help you treat Foot and Ankle pain. A simple online booking platform available 24/7 enables you to schedule your Remote Podiatry Video Consultation. A clinical consultation letter is sent to you via email detailing your consultation, assessment and treatment plan.

Our partners:

We bring accessible healthcare to you, scheduling consultations around your schedule. We accept many Private Medical Insurance companies and self-paying clients.

How can a Remote Video Consultation help you?

  • Affordable and accessible Foot and Ankle specialist consultation in your hands
  • Online booking service 24/7
  • Saving you travel time and working around your schedule
  • Provide a diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your needs
  • Refer and triage you to health professionals such as Physiotherapists / Orthopaedic surgeons / Rheumatologists / Podiatric Surgery
  • Refer you for appropriate investigations such as x-ray, ultrasound and MRI
  • Ingrown toe nail screening ; Advice, Treatment and Surgical planning
  • Review your home exercise plan and discuss exercise progression
  • Monitor your progress, treatment and management plan
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Covid-19 South West Podiatry

At South West Podiatry we are very much aware and understand concern about Covid-19. Whilst the situation is ever-changing, South West Podiatry are monitoring the development daily and are actively taking guidance from the NHS, government business guidance and expert advice by the Chief Medical Officer, Public Health England.

Covid-19 – We wanted to let you know that as a business we are open and operating a ‘business as usual’ approach. We want to make sure we can fulfil the needs of our clients during these times.

As a medical practice generally managing bacterial and viral infections on a daily basis, our cleaning and hygiene standards are in line with current College of Podiatry, Health Care Profession Council and NHS guidelines. We want to tell you about some of the steps we take on a daily basis at each of our clinical sites:

In each of our locations we pay particular attention to the surfaces that customers and colleagues touch most regularly.

We use Chlorhexidine (Hibi Scrub) hand wash before and after each clients consultation.

We encourage clients to use Chlorhexadine Hibi Scrub handwashing or alcohol gel which is available at each clinical site.

Clinell Antibacterial wipes are used before and after each consultation to wipe the patient couch, chairs and any equipment used.

We are also being extra cautious in terms of any colleague signs of illness, isolating where necessary and going over and above the advice from government and the WHO. We are checking the following NHS 111 Covid-19 online information page daily: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

Finally, we’re in constant contact with all relevant authorities to make sure that we continue to do everything we can. Keep updated through or home page

In return, we ask that you please do not attend your appointment if you feel unwell. As well as:

  • Keep your hands clean, wash regularly and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch all coughs and sneezes and then bin the tissue – then wash your hands with soap and water or use a sanitiser.

If you experience a new persistent cough, have a high temperature OR have come into contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, please do not attend your appointment, self-isolate for 7 days and call 111. Please check the following NHS 111 link to review if you need to self isolate and cancel your appointment: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

If you need to cancel your appointment, please call 02071646607. During this period we will apply a reasonable cancellation policy. Please try and give our organisation as much notice as possible if you wish to cancel your appointment.

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