The Diabetic Foot Unit is a team who look after people with diabetes-related foot problems.

Diabetic Foot Services - treating a foot

The Diabetic Foot Unit is a service for people with diabetes-related foot problems. Our aim is to prevent people being admitted to hospital for foot related problems. It is a short term service which will transition you to a suitable community or private service.

When you are in hospital

If you need to stay in hospital for your foot problem, the treating team will visit you at your bedside.

You will stay in hospital until the team consider your foot problem to be stable enough for you to go home.

After you leave hospital

The team will continue to treat your foot wounds/problems when you are discharged home from the hospital. We usually do this at several clinics:

  • Diabetic Foot Clinic - you will be treated in the clinic if you need further medical testing, medication or footwear:
  • Podiatry Clinic - if you no longer need medical input but need ongoing foot wound care. You will have access to further medical testing if required and footwear.
  • Community Clinics - hospital podiatrists also work at cohealth in Moonee Ponds and Merri Community Health in Coburg and Fawkner. You will be treated in the community clinic when your foot is stable. The podiatrist will work with you and your GP.

Once your foot condition has healed and remained stable for six months, we aim to transition you to a community or private podiatrist.

You can be referred back to the Diabetic Foot Unit by any health professional.

If you develop a severe foot problem and you cannot contact your podiatrist or local doctor, you should attend an emergency department.

How to access this service

Hospital staff may discuss your eligibility for this service during your visit. Your GP will fax your referral to the hospital.

Once we receive the referral, we will contact you.

If there is a waiting list, we will advise you what to do.

Clinics

Diabetic Foot City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre THU

What to bring

Every time you come to hospital

Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care card (if you have one)
  • Concession card (if you have one)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
  • Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
  • Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
For a clinic appointment

If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:

  • Your appointment book
  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • TAC or Workcover claim number

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.