"Podiatry waiting time for initial consultation - South Birmingham NHS area."

About: South Birmingham PCT / Podiatry

(as a friend),

A friend of mine was told by her doctor (G.P.) that there were only two active NHS podiatrists in the West Midlands and that she would have to wait several months for an appointment.

I notice that the Birmingham NHS web site says that five weeks is the waiting time for normal consultation with a podiatrist. I would be interested in your comments on the situation as regards podiatry services for residents of South Birmingham.

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Response from Alison Last, Associate Director of Patient Experience, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust has approximately 60 podiatrists working across the City in health centres, community hospitals and patients own homes.

The service is available for patients with high risk foot problems including wound care, biomechanics and nail surgery. Your GP or other health care professional will be able to advise you about whether a referral is appropriate and other options available to you if not. The waiting time for Podiatry with Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust is currently approximately six weeks.

If your GP or other health care professional agrees to refer you, they will need to send a written referral to:

Aston Health Centre,

175 Trinity Road, Aston,

Birmingham B6

Tel: 0121 465 3521

Fax: 0121 465 3519

If you have any other queries regarding the services of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust please do not hesitate to contact the customer service team on 0800 917 2855 or email contact.bchc@nhs.net

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