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The Department of Podiatry in Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) is a specialist unit focusing on preventing foot and lower limb amputations in patients with complex medical conditions. The service provides daily inpatient and outpatient clinics at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and regular care of inpatients at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.

The service aims to identify patients at high risk of a lower limb complication such as amputation and implement an appropriate management plan with an inter-disciplinary focus. Care is provided to those patients with post-amputation sites, active ulceration, infection and structural deformities of the foot and ankle. The service endeavours to optimise wound healing, reduce hospitalisations, facilitate suitable discharge and prevent readmission.

Podiatry is the primary contact for the Multidisciplinary Foot Clinic. This clinic has an alternate week diabetes focus. Within CALHN our High Risk Foot service has achieved national accreditation with the National Association Diabetes Centres.

Clinics operate on a daily basis across both sites.

Please view the Podiatry outpatient service in CALHN web page for more information.

Podiatrists

  • Cathy Loughry – Director
  • Megan McAuley – Senior Podiatrist

RAH Appointment location

Outpatient Department, Level 3F.
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Port Road SA 5000

Outpatient referrals to RAH

We accept GP, private specialist and other health professional referrals to this service.

All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency; waiting times will therefore vary depending on the urgency of the request. Patients requiring immediate assessment (outside of business hours) should be sent to the Emergency Department. We have rapid access appointments Monday- Friday.

To refer your patient, follow the outpatient service information, triage and referral guidelines, complete and fax a referral to us.

For urgent referrals, consider contacting our speed dial via switchboard on 81592 or alternatively HealthCALHNPodiatry@sa.gov.au

We accept referrals for acute foot complications (category 1 and 2). Patients requiring care for category 3 will not be accepted. Please consider alternate services such an Enhanced Primary Care Plan or University of South Australia Podiatry Clinic.

CALHN Podiatry service information triage referral guidelines (PDF 229KB)

To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results.

If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the service on (08) 7074 4000.

To make a referral:

Fax: (08) 7074 6247

Telephone: 1300 153 853

Email: HealthCALHNPodiatry@sa.gov.au

Cathy.Loughry@sa.gov.au

Podiatry services are provided across all metropolitan local health networks, only patients who reside in CALHN will be issued with an appointment.


Telehealth Foot Service

Make a deadly choice. Healthy feet – healthy you.

The Telehealth Foot Service is a culturally responsive high risk multi-disciplinary Telehealth Foot Service, aiming to support patients, their family/carers, and community health providers living in regional, rural, remote and isolated locations in the management of acute diabetes related foot complications in order to reduce lower limb amputations.

The Telehealth Foot Service specifically allows for:

  • Timely assessment/triage of patients with current foot ulceration/problem
  • Early access to specialist high risk foot services for health professionals and patients in regional, isolated, rural/remote areas
  • Discharge planning/follow up care from acute hospitalisation
  • Support for primary health clinicians managing foot complications

View this video to find out how the service works.

The availability of telehealth is essential for patients with active diabetes-related foot disease. It is of particular importance that there is timely access to specialist multi-disciplinary services to reduce lower limb amputation rates in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

The Telehealth Foot Service aims to establish ongoing care with the local health care service. We can provide input when local services are not available or cannot be provided in a timely manner. Due to the nature of foot disease, a healthcare professional will need to be present during the consult to assist with manual assessments such as dressings and or wound treatment.

Referrals

To access the Telehealth Foot Service a written referral is required. Referrals are welcome from all health professionals. If the matter is urgent, please also contact the mobile below.

Telehealth Foot Service Mobile: 0479 170 999

Referrals to be submitted to: telehealthfootservice@sa.gov.au

Contact:

Cathy Loughry, Director of CALHN Podiatry Telephone: (08) 7074 4000 Email: Cathy.Loughry@sa.gov.au

Katrina Fitzpatrick, Senior Telehealth Podiatrist Email: Katrina.Fitzpatrick@sa.gov.au

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