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from the Daily Mail, UK…

By ANGELA EPSTEIN
Last updated at 9:55 PM on 20th June 2009

Podiatrist Catherine Dean at her surgery in Sainsbury's

Foot work: Podiatrist Catherine Dean at her surgery in Sainsbury’s

The supermarket that introduced the in-store GP has now expanded into podiatry.

Sainsbury’s Heaton Park store in Manchester has introduced the footcare service – the first of its kind in the country.

Shoppers can add corn treatment and toenail cutting to their weekly grocery list, with prices starting at £18.

‘An NHS referral to see a podiatrist can take up to a year,’ says the store’s podiatrist, Catherine Dean.

‘By using our service, you can see one in a week. For those who work full-time it’s particularly helpful as we’re open on Saturdays until 8pm.’

Michael O’Neill, spokesman for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, welcomes the move.

‘Due to increased awareness of foot-related health issues, such as diabetes, demand for podiatrists has never been greater,’ he says. ‘The NHS is often unable to keep up and appointments are scarce.’

Carl Meaney, 32, a merchandiser, agrees. ‘My feet take a real battering because I go rock-climbing and I noticed that my toenails looked terribly discoloured,’ he explains.

‘But they didn’t hurt so I just left them. Because of the new drop-in service I decided to have them examined. It seems I have a really bad fungal infection that has spread into my skin and the podiatrist has referred me to my GP.’

‘By seeing a podiatrist as soon as you want one you could prevent more serious health problems,’ adds Dean.

Sainsbury’s will initially provide two clinics a week. If the podiatry service proves successful, it’s likely it will be rolled out, along with other healthcare services, to other stores.

David G. Armstrong

Dedicated to amputation prevention, wound healing, diabetic foot, biotechnology and the intersection between medical devices and consumer electronics.

2 comments

  • Maybe its time to get into the produce business…… I hear “corns” are always growing somewhere.

    Bret

  • Wonder what level of care will be given in a walk-in no appointments environment. Will people be rushed because there are other people waiting?

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