51 amputations in Blackburn and Burnley last year

Blackburn Citizen: Royal Blackburn Hospital Royal Blackburn Hospital

THE Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals performed 51 amputations on patients in 2013.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) released the figure following a national report on vascular disease from the All Party Parliamentary Group.

Neil Carmichael MP, chairman of the group, said: “Too many patients aren’t getting the treatment they need to avoid losing their legs. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular Disease, working with the country’s top experts in this field, recommends that the Department of Health make reducing lower limb-loss a major priority.”

Ian Stanley, interim executive medical director at ELHT, said: “The trust has a multidisciplinary foot team and both clinical commissioning groups have organised foot care services which means the local population already have access to good local services and the necessary support.

“Having a high fat diet, high blood pressure and smoking all contribute to foot problems and it is important that foot problems such as ulcers are prevented and detected early so they can be treated successfully and reduce the need for amputations.

“Additionally, becoming a specialist vascular centre will ensure that the local population have access to high quality care and treatment with a network of vascular services which will provide modern, comprehensive care 24/7 across the area.”

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12:20pm Thu 20 Mar 14

chammy says...

As a diabetic for 25 years,i always had regular chropodist appointments,then a couple of years ago i was told i wouldnt be seen anymore,and if i had a problem my doctor could refer me back to the podiatrist,to go on a waiting list how many diabetics have lost limbs due to the goverment cut backs, One day they will realise that prevention is better than cure,and surely its got to be more cost effective getting regular check ups,than having to wait ages for an appointment and then needing lots of visits from doctors,and nurses and till finally they need an amputation,This goverment need to wake up
As a diabetic for 25 years,i always had regular chropodist appointments,then a couple of years ago i was told i wouldnt be seen anymore,and if i had a problem my doctor could refer me back to the podiatrist,to go on a waiting list how many diabetics have lost limbs due to the goverment cut backs, One day they will realise that prevention is better than cure,and surely its got to be more cost effective getting regular check ups,than having to wait ages for an appointment and then needing lots of visits from doctors,and nurses and till finally they need an amputation,This goverment need to wake up chammy
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7:56pm Fri 21 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

chammy wrote:
As a diabetic for 25 years,i always had regular chropodist appointments,then a couple of years ago i was told i wouldnt be seen anymore,and if i had a problem my doctor could refer me back to the podiatrist,to go on a waiting list how many diabetics have lost limbs due to the goverment cut backs, One day they will realise that prevention is better than cure,and surely its got to be more cost effective getting regular check ups,than having to wait ages for an appointment and then needing lots of visits from doctors,and nurses and till finally they need an amputation,This goverment need to wake up
like yourself l think this callous government have blood on their hands in more ways than one, on the other hand we voted them in and we forgot what Thatcherism did to us last time,,but l have never ever voted for these ruthless tories and never will,they have only ever supported the bankers and the rich and totally ignored the working classes,
[quote][p][bold]chammy[/bold] wrote: As a diabetic for 25 years,i always had regular chropodist appointments,then a couple of years ago i was told i wouldnt be seen anymore,and if i had a problem my doctor could refer me back to the podiatrist,to go on a waiting list how many diabetics have lost limbs due to the goverment cut backs, One day they will realise that prevention is better than cure,and surely its got to be more cost effective getting regular check ups,than having to wait ages for an appointment and then needing lots of visits from doctors,and nurses and till finally they need an amputation,This goverment need to wake up[/p][/quote]like yourself l think this callous government have blood on their hands in more ways than one, on the other hand we voted them in and we forgot what Thatcherism did to us last time,,but l have never ever voted for these ruthless tories and never will,they have only ever supported the bankers and the rich and totally ignored the working classes, noddy57
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