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Foot Amputation Warning for Cornish Diabetes Patients

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8:01am 12th August 2012

Cornish patients are at risk of having their feet amputated, because of a lack of diabetes care.

Treliske has been named as one of eighty-four hospitals across England and Wales without specialist teams.

Diabetes UK said eight in ten cases linked to the condition could be avoided.

Barbara Young is Chief Executive of the charity. She said: "It can be a matter of hours, if someone's got a foot ulcer, that can make a difference between it deteriorating at an alarming rate, or being saved for that person and avoiding huge amounts of heartache.

"A hundred people a week in the UK have a foot or leg amputated and eighty of those, with good care, need not have had that happen. They're all diabetes related.

The amputation rate in people with diabetes is twenty times higher than in the rest of the population.

The Royal Cornwall has admitted more work is needed to cut the risk of foot amputations for diabetes patients.

Dr Duncan Brown is a diabetes specialist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. He said: "We now have a podiatrist who's in the hospital. We're starting to do ward rounds of all patients with foot problems. We have an in-patient diabetes nurse team, and we've increased provision of diabetes consultant time.

"I think we've still got a little more room to go, and we can improve things further. The big thing for us is that patients need to be aware, that if they've got diabetes and they notice any new problems with their feet, ask to be sent up to a specialist team."

8:01am 12th August 2012

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