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Patients with foot problems in the Stoke area are set to benefit from a review of the NHS contract responsible for this form of treatment.
North Staffordshire's two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are launching the strategic review following complaints of long waiting times to receive treatment. A recent patient survey highlighted the 'key areas of concern' and it something that the CCGs aim to address when assessing the performance of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, The Sentinel reports.
Patients are worried about the length of time that it takes for them to see a specialist that can deal with their foot problems. According to the current contract, 95 per cent of patients should be seen by a professional podiatrist within three weeks of being referred by their GP. However, figures released in October showed that the NHS trust was only reaching 70 per cent. Seventy-nine people had to wait over ten weeks while three were left without an appointment for around four months.
A spokesman for the CCGs told the news provider that they now aim to redress the balance and ensure that the contracts are being honoured and that patients should be given the best possible care as soon as possible.
"We are working with the service to understand the blockages within the system. We are also developing a robust action plan to ensure that the service delivers in line with what is specified," the spokesman added.
Podiatry services are an essential tool within the NHS, helping patients deal with everything from a common verruca to infected ingrown toenails to gout. By ensuring that people are seen as soon as possible it means that the ailments can be diagnosed right away and then treatment can begin after that.
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written by Martin Lambert
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