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 and 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.
The department has a commitment to continued professional development activities, such as international and national conference attendance, workshops, courses and research to ensure ongoing best evidence based practice is achieved. All clinical staff and students are registered with the ‘Podiatry Board of Australia’.
The department provides field placements for students from the School of Health Sciences, Podiatry, at the University of South Australia and other national programs.
Clinics operate on a daily basis across both sites.
Refer your patient
Fax referral to us
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.
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.
You need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.
Your doctor will need to fax your referral letter to us. We will be in contact with you within clinically recommended times, depending on waiting list length. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.
Please refer to the information sheets below for information regarding the outpatient service.
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