Our hospital steps in to keep a public foot clinic

HAPPY FEET: Podiatrist Lauren Whinray and high risk foot services nurse Leanne Cleeland are ensuring the feet of local patients including John Studd continue to be taken care of through the Northeast Health Wangaratta high risk foot service. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A SERVICE providing public treatment to patients with severe foot conditions has opened at Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) this week.

The high risk foot clinic was established as a rapid response to the closure of the service at Gateway Health last month, due to lack of government funding.

Service coordinator Tessa Archbold said the NHW service has been established in partnership with the Murray Primary Health Network and Gateway Health and will run from the out-patients area of the community care centre at NHW.

She said the community health reception will be receiving the service’s clients with the service operating every Thursday between 9am and 4.30pm.

“The aim was to get the service functioning as quickly as possible to ensure some level of continuity of care for the existing Gateway Health clients,” she said.

“We have made an arrangement with Benalla Health’s high risk foot service to utilise their resources in the short term.”

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