Diabetes service expansion in North East Essex

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Suffolk GP Federation CIC,DSC07199 foot clinic team who deliver the North East Essex Diabetes Service (NEEDS), have announced a joint reorganisation of the Diabetes Foot Clinic and new Inpatient Vascular Team to provide a comprehensive consultant-led service.

The Outpatient Foot Clinic, which is part of the NEEDS Service, is to be run by Consultant Diabetologist Dr Karunakaran Vithian and Consultant Diabetologist Dr Ravi Menon who has been recently appointed.

It will also be linked with the Inpatient Vascular Team led by Mr Adam Howard, Consultant Vascular Surgeon.

Dr Charles Bodmer, who has run the Outpatient Foot Clinic for 18 years, is to spend more time in the NEEDS community diabetes clinics as well as supporting GP practices in delivering the best levels of diabetes care. He will also continue his work in the Antenatal Clinic at the trust.

Dr Bodmer said: “I am very pleased to see our new foot and vascular service developing, fit for the 21st century. I have been running the diabetic foot service more or less single-handedly for many years, and although I shall miss it greatly, there is no doubt that it is clearly time to move forward. I am looking forward to spending more time on our Community Services and Practice visits, whilst continuing to help provide clinical support for the whole team.”

Tim Reed, Chair of Suffolk GP Federation said: “It’s fantastic to see an expansion of the NEEDS diabetes service and we’re very pleased that we can still benefit from the experience of Dr Bodmer, who has been involved with diabetes care at Colchester Hospital for many years.”

People with diabetes are at much higher risk of developing foot problems due to poorer circulation. The expansion of the NEEDS foot clinic will ensure that diabetes patients in North East Essex experiencing foot complications are treated promptly and effectively, which will ultimately reduce the risk of serious complications such as amputation.