You can contact the service by phone or email directly on BHNT.Foothealth@nhs.net
Communication from the Tower Hamlets Foot Health Service to all our Patients and Carers About How to Keep Feet Safe During the Period of Coronavirus 2020
We wish to provide important information to support you while the Foot Health Service can see only patients with urgent problems during the period of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- You, your family or carers may have been assisting you with our advice to carry out simple foot care or dressing application for wounds on your feet
- The frequency of the visits for your care might have been decreased
- If the care you received is not essential it might have been stopped for the time being
- You need to be seen by the Podiatrist but have been unable to attend the appointment because you are affected by Coronavirus, in self-isolation or require shielding at home.
- You may have been referred but not yet received an appointment.
However, please present at the Emergency Clinic at Mile End Hospital without delay if you have any of the following:
- Bleeding or infected areas, open wounds or cuts, sudden injuries, swollen or inflamed areas
- You do not need an appointment. The Emergency Clinic operates Monday-Friday 8.30am (except bank holidays) for immediate care
- If you are unable to attend the Emergency Clinic we can offer you advice by telephone or arrange an assessment virtually
We appreciate your understanding during this uncertain period when there is a lot of pressure on the NHS. A first or new appointment will be sent out as soon as the Foot Health Service is able to resume normal service. We thank you for bearing with us as we revaluate our caseload and patient care needs routinely.
Please be vigilant - if you have symptoms of a fever and/or cough or have lost your sense of smell and taste please do not attend your clinic appointment. Please be vigilant and contact NHS 111 for advice online on 111.nhs.uk
Emergency Clinic at Mile End Hospital Foot Health Dept.
Monday-Friday 8.30am - prompt (Excluding Bank Holidays) for treating blisters and sores, discharging wounds and inflamed areas such as ingrowing toenails.
People who have generic foot care needs will be signposted to accredited podiatry services which they will need to pay for.
If you do not meet the above criteria for NHS podiatry services, you can arrange to see a private podiatrist.
You can find a list of local non-NHS providers here
If you have basic foot care needs because you can't reach your feet or you do not have a carer that can undertake basic foot care, you could opt to visit a nail technician for nail cutting - and a bit of pampering.
* The service is no longer commissioned to provide treatment and advice for:
- Diabetics with painful peripheral neuropathy or burning sensation to feet
- Anyone with a verruca or fungal infection
- People with Rheumatoid disease affecting their feet requiring musculoskeletal assessment or insole therapy
- People with plantar fasciitis, heel pain, digital deformities or bunions
- Anyone requiring an internal or external heel raise for a leg length discrepancy
Any health professional in Tower Hamlets can refer patients to this service using our referral form.
Email the form to: BHNT.Foothealth@nhs.net
Self referrals are not accepted.
The department will prioritise assessment and foot care services for high risk or vulnerable patients.
Main Foot Health Service
The Foot Health Department in located in Mile End Hospital. Call 020 8223 8849
- Bethnal Green Health Centre
- Newby Place Health Centre
We can help with a range of conditions which affect foot health such as Diabetics with foot complications, circulatory conditions or congenital deformity. The service treats those with high risk conditions which affect the foot.
The department consists of a small team based at Mile End Hospital and provides high risk specialised podiatric interventions.
The podiatry team is formed of podiatrists and trained foot care assistants working together to provide advice and clinical expertise for patients experiencing high risk foot problems.
This is a drop-in clinic and provided you arrive by 8:30 am, you will be assessed by a Podiatrist and treatment will be offered if necessary.
The clinic operates from Monday-Friday 8.30am prompt (Excluding Bank Holidays) for treating blisters, sores, wounds, ulcers, infections, swelling, discharging wounds and inflamed areas such as ingrowing toenails.
You will not be treated in the Emergency clinic with non-urgent foot issues like long nails, corns, callous, verruca or heel pain.