Ellesmere Port and Neston MP, Justin Madders, is backing a call by Diabetes UK for local action to improve diabetes foot care for people with the condition admitted to hospital.
One in every six patients in hospitals in England has diabetes and should be getting a foot risk assessment on admission as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Nationally, as only 29 per cent are actually having their feet checked by hospital staff, foot infections or ulcers can potentially be missed and develop unnoticed during their stay.
There are now more than 20 diabetes-related amputations a day in England, many of which could be prevented if the right foot care is in place.
“Diabetes UK’s findings that the majority of people with diabetes are still not getting a foot risk assessment when they are admitted to hospital, or during their stay, concerns me.
“It is worrying that such a simple measure which could identify those at risk and protect their feet while in hospital is, in most cases, not occurring.
“I urge our NHS Trusts to review their current systems to improve the level of foot risk assessments carried out.”