"Diabetic foot ulcers"

About: Medway Maritime Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as a parent/guardian),

The district nurse called to see my wife and, after trying to cure the small ulcers, made an appointment at the local hospital podiatry clinic. They took her in straight away for debridement and after 2 attempts decided that an above the knee amputation was necessary. She was very brave but died of a heart condition 6 weeks after admission. I feel the details of the prognosis could be improved.

I suggest that anyone facing possible surgery for diabetes should do their utmost to get first class treatment.

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Responses

Response from Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for your feedback.

Please accept our sincere condolences on the sad news about your wife.

The diabetic nurse has passed on your comments to the podiatry team and they have responded to say that they are educating other professionals in assessing foot ulcers more robustly and refering them on to the podiatry team as soon as possible in order to prevent them turning into an emergency.

Thank you

Regards

Patient Experience team

01634 825004

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Update posted by tyroUK (a parent/guardian)

My wife is dead and nothing you can say or do will make any difference.

Carry on and make what improvements you can for future patients.