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Podiatry

West London and Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Groups are responsible for designing and paying for (commissioning) local health services in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Queen’s Park and Paddington and Hammersmith and Fulham. We pay Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) to provide podiatry services to patients who have been referred for treatment by their GP.

Following a review of the CLCH podiatry service, we have taken the decision to prioritise the patients most in need by changing the eligibility criteria for podiatry services. This means that from 1 October 2017, patients with low level care needs will no longer meet the eligibility criteria for the podiatry service.  Details of the eligibility service criteria are outlined further below. 

Note: The following patients will automatically remain eligible for the service, without further assessment:

  • Registered blind patients
  • Homeless patients
  • Housebound patients
  • Children
Click here to search for your your nearest podiatry service. 

If your foot condition changes or you need any other information regarding foot health, please contact your local GP or Pharmacist. You can find a pharmacy near you through the following link: http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Pharmacy/LocationSearch/10.

Patients classified as having a high level of need include:

  • Registered blind
  • Homeless
  • Housebound
  • Children
  • Amputees

Patients who have any of the following conditions which put their feet at risk:

  • Long term conditions such as
    • Diabetes,
    • Inflammatory conditions
    • Vascular Disease
    • Requiring anticoagulants
    • Neuropathic conditions
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Connect tissue disorder
    • History of strokes
  • Infected ingrown toenail
  • Ulceration or history of ulceration
  • Moderate foot deformity 
Patients classified as having a low level of need include patients who: 
  • Can provide self-care, i.e. toe nail cutting and skin care
  • Low risk diabetics
  • Have callouses and corns that do not put their feet at risk
  • Have no foot or medical needs but are unable to touch their toes
  • Have fungal infections of the skin
  • Require verrucae treatment

Advice and medicine/treatment for many of the above conditions can be accessed through your GP or pharmacist.