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Improved use of resources to provide more Podiatry appointments and access to better facilities for Laxey and Peel patients 10 September 2010

The Department of Health today confirmed that with effect from 4th October 2010 its Peel and Laxey based podiatry clinics will be relocated to the recently refurbished Central Community Health Centre at Westmoreland Road, Douglas, which already handles the majority of the Island’s podiatry patients.

This announcement follows an internal review of the Community Podiatry Service which included an evaluation of the clinical podiatry facilities across the Island.

The review, one of many regular reviews carried out by the Department of Health to ensure that services are fit for purpose and make best use of health resources, identified that there were significant efficiency improvements to be gained from relocating the two smaller clinics held in Peel and Laxey to the Central Community Health Centre.

It was highlighted that this would also make available the highest standard of podiatry service to patients who currently attend these clinics, giving them access to state of the art podiatry facilities in recently refurbished premises and access to staff with multiple clinical specialities not always available at smaller clinics.

The change will ultimately provide better management for the Island’s Podiatry workload and it is anticipated that an additional 30-40 appointments could be accommodated by the service each month as a result.

Podiatry Service Manager, Julia Devlin, explained: Improved use of resources to provide more Podiatry appointme

The Podiatry clinics at Peel and Laxey see relatively small numbers of patients and are no longer viable; there's also a requirement to bring the premises infection control facilities into line with evolving best practice, which would require significant investment. Amalgamating the smaller clinics outside Douglas with the three clinics available at the Central Community Health Centre, will enable us to make the best use of staff resources, provide an even safer environment for patients, and also enable us to provide 30-40 more appointments per month, so we will be able to see more patients.

David Anderson, MHK, Minister for Health added:

The Department and the Podiatry Service is constantly looking at ways to better manage its increasing workloads and deliver a service that meets the needs of as many patients as possible. Whilst we will always try to provide services as locally as possible, sometimes it is not sensible to do so, and makes more sense to locate clinics in the most modern settings, where clinical staff can work as a team to offer more and better services.

Patients who regularly attend the clinics at Peel and Laxey will be given detailed information on the move to the new clinics.

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