Four key points from the UK’s National Health Service Report:
- Hospitals should have a multi-disciplinary footcare team bringing together different experts to ensure good quality care for foot problems in people with diabetes. Having these teams is part of guidance to the NHS from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. However, Diabetes UK says around 40% of hospitals don’t have teams in place.
- Every hospital should guarantee that people with urgent foot problems can be assessed by the special team within 24 hours.
- Every area should have a system for identifying and regularly reviewing people at high risk of foot ulcers and infections, including annual foot checks.
- People with diabetes who are at high risk of having foot problems should be trained about what to look for and where to go in the event of a foot attack.