Podiatry


The War Memorial Hospital Podiatry Service focuses on providing foot assessment and treatment, with priority given to patients who have existing peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation), peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage of the feet), infection and/or ulceration or a history of infection and/or ulceration.

The Podiatry Service also assesses and implements long term management strategies for patients at risk of developing foot complications including footwear and orthotic therapy.

Patients with Diabetes are offered annual Diabetes foot assessment appointments which will include patient education and implementation of appropriate management and referral pathways depending on the clinical outcome.

Patient education forms a strong link in prevention of foot complications and the service will provide education to patients in caring for their own feet.

Initial and ongoing treatment will be provided to patients by podiatrists at War Memorial Hospital based on the following criteria:

Referrals / Referral Pathway

  • Initial patient referrals must be made via NNARC (Northern Network Access & Referral Centre). NNARC is to be initially contacted via telephone on 93690400. A referral will then be requested to be sent to NNARC (either post or fax on 93690101). An appointment will then be issued to the patient.
  • Each new patient presenting to the clinic must have a referral from their General Practitioner or Specialist containing the reason for referral, full medical history, list of current medications.
  • Each existing patient will be required to bring in a new referral on an annual basis containing a full medical history and list of current medications.

Geographic Location

  • All patients new and existing must reside within the area boundaries of War Memorial Hospital / War Memorial Hospital Transport boundaries.
  • War Memorial Hospital suburbs include: Bellevue Hill, Bondi, Bondi beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Centennial Park, Clovelly, Daceyville, Darlinghurst, Darling Point, Double Bay, Dover Heights, Edgecliff, Elizabeth Bay, Kensington, Kingsford, Kings Cross, Maroubra, Millers Point, North Bondi, Paddington, Pagewood, Point Piper, Potts Point, Randwick, Rose Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Surry Hills, Tamarama, The Rocks, Vaucluse, Watson’s Bay, Waverley, Woollahra, Woolloomooloo.

Age Restriction

  • All patients must be 60 years of age for admission into the service

Medical Criteria

  • Patients must suffer one or more of the following medical conditions to be eligible to access the service. 
  • Current foot ulceration, foot infection or Charcots arthropathy.
  • Evidence of Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Evidence of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Foot deformity that may predispose to ulceration
  • Co-morbidities relating to foot pathology, foot deformity or healing ability (such as Diabetes Mellitus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Renal disease, Organ transplant) that may predispose to biomechanical issues and/or risk of ulceration.

Identified Risk Category

  • After assessment each patient’s relative risk status to ulceration, infection and/or foot complications will be identified. Treatment plans will be implemented to reflect prevention of foot complications to each individual patient according to their assessment.

Inpatients at War Memorial Hospital / Sydney Hospital
The podiatry department will offer consultation to inpatients of War Memorial Hospital and Sydney Hospital providing they meet the podiatry age restriction and medical criteria. Inpatients referred to the podiatry department must be ambulant or able to transfer to the podiatry treatment chair with one person assistance. Consultations regarding foot wounds, pressure care advice, foot wear and foot care education will be offered after a referring phone call has been made to NNARC (Northern Network Access & Referral Centre), phone 93690400. A completed Inpatient Referral Form is then to be completed and faxed to NNARC on 93690101.
The podiatry service is unable to offer general nail care to all patients whilst in hospital; patients must meet the medical criteria. Private podiatry services can also be considered on discharge from War Memorial Hospital / Sydney Hospital. Some private podiatry services will provide home visit consultations to those that may be unable to attend a private clinic upon their discharge from hospital.

Discharge from Service
All patients assessed and discharged from the service will be provided with information on other available podiatry options to discuss with family, carers and their General Practitioner/Specialist.
If a patient’s medical status is to change and subsequently meet the criteria of the service, they are permitted to attend for another assessment appointment. The patient must have another referral from their General Practitioner/Specialist outlining medical history and current medications and follow the referral pathway.

Location and Hours of Opening
The podiatry department is located in the Morgan building. For enquiries, rescheduling or cancelling appointments please call 93690100. Hours of business are 8am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday.