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Ipswich Hospital. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ipswich Hospital. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

From the Ipswich Star news article:

The College of Podiatry has praised the trust for its work in successfully reducing the number of diabetics needlessly undergoing amputations.

In 2010, Ipswich Hospital launched a programme to promote foot checks for diabetes inpatients.

Videos teaching staff how to check feet were shown in all wards and monthly random audits were carried out to check on the percentage of relevant patients having the foot screenings.

As a result, the prevalence of foot ulcers in Ipswich Hospital inpatients reduced by two-thirds in 2010-13 compared to 2008-10 – and health bosses are continuing to build on their success.


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