Ministry of Health criteria for podiatry referral for people with diabetes related foot complications
|At risk foot (criteria for referral to community based podiatry services)||High risk foot (criteria for referral to secondary care-based podiatry services)|
This service is to diagnose and treat patients with 'at-risk' feet and lower limbs.
The PHO podiatrists provide support for those patients who:
1. Have diabetes; and
2. Have any of:
In contrast, DHB services are for patients with active foot disease (e.g. active ulceration or infection). The patients do not need to be diabetic. See the DHB eReferral for more information.
If your patient does not meet the community podiatry eligibility criteria, other sources of potential funding include:
Patients can also self-refer and pay privately.
The presence of active infection, such as:
The BOPDHB podiatrists provide support for those patients who do not meet the criteria for the PHO podiatry service. Services are for patients with high-risk feet i.e. with the following conditions:
Criteria for Urgent referral:
Criteria for Urgent admission:
In contrast, PHO services include basic nail and skin care for patients without active ulceration who are at risk due to diabetic neuropathy and/or poor vision or mobility.
Screening and Management of “The Diabetic Foot”