The Solent Podiatry Service is made up of clinical foot experts who aim to drive personalised quality care for patients with complex medical and foot health to optimise quality of life.
We are a dedicated team of around 65 members of staff, which include Podiatrists, Podiatry Assistants and Admin. We work across a large geographical area over Portsmouth, Southampton, West and East Hampshire.
We pride ourselves on being truly patient focused and strive to improve our service for patients. We are great team players and support each other in clinics to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.
We carry out research and audits regularly and create action plans to set goals to improve areas of our service. For example looking into planning emergency slots for urgent patients in QI projects.
We take patient satisfaction questionnaires, incidents and complaints seriously and take the learning from them to develop our service for the better.
Cosham Health Centre update – November 2023
Solent NHS Trust podiatry services based at Cosham Health Centre relocated in summer 2023.
The move was at the request of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board (ICB) and NHS Property Services, with the building to be repurposed in support of a wider strategic plan.
Existing patients with podiatry requirements now receive care and treatment from Thomas Parr House, situated within the Jubilee House site on Medina Road in Cosham which proudly takes up a place at the heart of the local community.
In terms of travel options to and from Thomas Parr, it is 0.5 miles away from Cosham High Street and accessible in various ways – such as by car or bus. There is onsite parking for patients as well as the 22 Bus from Cosham High Street, with a bus stop opposite the entrance to the Jubilee House site. You can find the map here.
If people have patient transport needs, we encourage them to discuss this with their GP in the first instance or through their SCAS/NHS provider if already a patient transport user.
Should you have any points you would like explained or clarified about the move, please call 0300 300 2012 or email Podiatry@solent.nhs.uk in the first instance.
People with long term conditions such as a poor blood supply or diabetes need to take extra care of their feet. If you notice an open wound, any redness or any signs of infection, DO NOT WAIT, seek medical advice from your GP or 111 as soon as possible.
How do I contact the service?
Our contact number is 0300 300 2012. It is open for calls from 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday. If you are worried about your feet and would like advice, or feel that you may need to be seen in clinic please do not hesitate to call us. We will ensure your concern is passed to the relevant clinician for your query to be answered. If required we will arrange to see you at one of our clinical sites, however this may not be your usual clinic, or the clinic nearest to your home.
I am on your waiting list? How do I find out how long I have to wait?
The waiting times for an appointment will vary from person to person as we prioritise appointments to ensure people who are at risk of wounds, infection, and loss of limbs are seen first. We are unable to advise on an exact waiting time for patients currently.
We are still accepting referrals in to the service and all our existing patients and all new referrals for treatment are being reviewed and placed on our waiting lists for an appropriate appointment. You will be contacted by telephone or letter when an appointment becomes available. We are working hard to contact as many patients as possible but If you are concerned that your foot condition is worsening then please contact us.
What to expect when you come and see us.
Please report to the podiatry reception team (Some of clinics have no reception, just a waiting area) and take a seat and the podiatry team will greet you in the waiting area at your allotted appointment time.
Do I still have to wear a face covering?
The use of face coverings in our clinics is currently optional. The staff may or may not be wearing a face covering depending of the type of treatment you are having.
Find a Podiatrist
Solent NHS Fee Paying service - The Foot Health Experts 0300 300 2015
HCPC accreditation check - https://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Royal College of Podiatry Find a podiatrist - Find a Podiatrist (rcpod.org.uk)
Age Concern nail cutting (over 50's) - 01962 868545
Age UK Portsmouth Nail cutting - 023 9286 2121
NHS Get Active - https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/get-active
The British Heart Foundation - https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/support/healthy-living/staying-active
Diabetes and Feet
Putting feet first - Diabetes UK is Putting Feet First | #PuttingFeetFirst | Diabetes UK (youtube.com)
Looking after your feet - https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/campaigning/putting-feet-first
Diabetes Complications - https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/complications
Low risk wounds - The Royal College of Podiatry (rcpod.org.uk)
Moderate risk wounds - The Royal College of Podiatry (rcpod.org.uk)
High risk wounds - The Royal College of Podiatry (rcpod.org.uk)
Looking after wounds - The Royal College of Podiatry (rcpod.org.uk)
Charcot foot - The Royal College of Podiatry (rcpod.org.uk)
Looking after a foot in remission - The Royal College of Podiatry (rcpod.org.uk)
Footwear advice to reduce the risk of amputation - The Royal College of Podiatry (rcpod.org.uk)
Care of feet on Holiday - The Royal College of Podiatry (rcpod.org.uk)
Infection and Sepsis
Other conditions that can effect the feet and legs
Peripheral Neuropathy - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/peripheral-neuropathy
Peripheral Arterial Disease - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/peripheral-arterial-disease-pad/
Chilblains - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chilblains/
Arthritis and feet - https://rcpod.org.uk/patient-information/arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis - https://rcpod.org.uk/common-foot-problems/rheumatoid-arthritis
Osteoarthritis - https://rcpod.org.uk/common-foot-problems/osteoarthritis
Stiff big toe (Hallux Rigidus) - https://rcpod.org.uk/common-foot-problems/hallux-rigidus
Toe deformities - https://rcpod.org.uk/common-foot-problems/toe-deformities
Foot pain - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/foot-pain/
Plantar Fasciitis - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/plantar-fasciitis/
Exercises to help foot pain - https://www.csp.org.uk/conditions/foot-pain/video-exercises-foot-pain
Lateral ankle sprains - Lateral ankle sprains leaflet
Flat feet - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flat-feet/
Athletes foot - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/athletes-foot/
Fungal nail infection - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fungal-nail-infection/
Sweaty feet - https://rcpod.org.uk/common-foot-problems/sweaty-feet
Corns and Callus - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/corns-and-calluses/
Ingrown toenail - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ingrown-toenail/
Ingrown toenail surgery video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7aNl2C6rv8&t=152s
Legs Matter - general evidence-based Information and and health advice / support for leg and foot problems.
Nail surgery can be used to treat in growing toenails that cause pain, inflammation (redness) often resulting in infection. It can also be used to treat thickened, deformed, and difficult to manage nails.
Nail surgery may be the best option for you if you have tried treatments, such as nail care from a qualified Podiatrist, experienced reoccurring infections or the pain from your nail stops you from taking part in an activity.
Nail surgery involves removing a portion or the entire nail and often, stopping the nail from growing back by applying a chemical or excising (cutting out) the nail bed.
If you are aged 16 and over and have a registered GP in Portsmouth, Southampton, Fareham, Gosport, East Hampshire, or West Hampshire area and have been struggling with painful in-growing toenails, you can now self-refer to NHS Solent Podiatry for a nail assessment.
Please follow the link:
or download the Printable self referral form
or use the QR code :
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- Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Clinics closed
- Sunday: Clinics closed
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