Foot Procedure Unit

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

The Foot Procedure Unit provides treatment for individuals with complex wounds affecting the feet and Active Charcot Foot. Treatment is provided by Podiatrists, Orthotists, a Clinical Nurse Consultant, Dieticians and a Consultant Geriatrician. The Foot Procedure Unit also consults closely with other departments within The Northern Hospital including, but not limited to: Orthopaedics, Vascular, Plastics, Endocrine and infectious diseases

What can I expect from the service?

Individuals can expect to receive clinic based appointments with a Podiatrist, Orthotist, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Dietician and a Consultant Geriatrician who will be involved in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of their complex wound or Active Charcot Foot. Individuals may invite a family member or carer to be there too to help answer any questions.  Individuals will also receive ongoing written and verbal correspondence to their referrer and GP regarding their individual podiatry needs. In addition, Northern Health patients have access to the provision of Interpreter Service.

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

  • Medicare card
  • Glasses/Hearing aids
  • An accurate list of medications
  • Relevant blood test results/Imaging results (X-Ray/MRI)
  • The name and clinic address of your GP
  • Current footwear

Contact us

The Northern Hospital
Foot Procedure Unit
Phone: 8405 8017
Email: NHS-FootProcedureUnit@mh.org.au

To enquire about your referral: 9495 3443 or 1300128539


For Health Professionals

Service Overview

The Foot Procedure Unit employs an interdisciplinary approach for the treatment of complex wounds affecting the feet and Active Charcot’s Neuroarthropathy. Treatment is provided by a Podiatrist, Orthotist, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Dietician and a Consultant Geriatrician. The Foot Procedure Unit also consults closely with other departments within The Northern Hospital including, but not limited to: Orthopaedics, Vascular, Plastics, Endocrine and infectious diseases.

Inclusion criteria:

  • Multidisciplinary team required
  • Diagnosis of Active Charcot’s Neuroarthropathy
  • Active ulceration on the foot in a person with diabetes where the referral is from an internal or external service with relevant radiology and pathology.
  • Active ulceration on the foot in a person without diabetes where the referral is from another NH service
  • Hospital admission in the last 12 months, risk of representation
  • May live in the community or Residential Aged Care Facilities 

 Exclusion criteria:

  • Single discipline only referrals.
  • Active ulceration on the foot in a person without diabetes when the referral is from an external service.
  •  Non-Active Charcot’s Neuroarthropathy where patient already receives podiatry/orthotic services for  management of deformity.

How to Refer:

Internal Referrals:

Refer using Generic Referral – Internal Allied Health – 330280 Indicate Foot Procedure Unit.
Please forward all referrals to the Community Access Service.
Email:     CommunityAccesshelpdesk@nh.org.au
For all internal referral enquiries email: CommunityAccesshelpdesk@nh.org.au or Phone: 03 949 53443

External Referrals:

Please forward all referrals to Community Access Service via fax: 9495 3510
Following receipt of referral, referrals are processed within three business days.
Processing involves checking eligibility; ensuring referral contains all required information and determining the priority status of the referral. The referrer will be contacted re referrals that have insufficient content.

For general referral enquiries

Email:     CommunityAccesshelpdesk@nh.org.au
Phone: 9495 3443 or 1300128539

 Referral must include:

Minimum requirement for all referrals is that they are ISBAR compliant.

Referral must include:

  • Past medical history
  • Medication history Functional status and social situation
  • Functional status and social situation
  • Current community services/supports involved
  • Consent to refer to Foot Procedure Unit

 Alternative service options:

Northern Health

  • Community Therapy Services (CTS)
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program (HACC CHSP)
  • Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP)
  • Sub-acute Ambulatory Care Service (SACS)
  • My Aged Care
  • NDIS

External services

  • Community Health Podiatry
  • Private Podiatry Practices

Director/Head of Unit:

Samantha Hanna
Associate Director of Podiatry & Orthotics
Phone: 0438 332 749
Email: samantha.hanna@nh.org.au 

Enquiries:

The Northern Hospital
Foot Procedure Unit
Phone: 8405 8017
Email: NHS-FootProcedureUnit@mh.org.au