Introducing Self-Referral to Podiatry Services
Livewell Southwest is pleased to announce that potential new patients, or their carers and
relatives, can now refer themselves to Podiatry Services if they are registered with a GP in the Plymouth, South Hams or West Devon areas.
The benefits of self-referral are numerous and this move to self-referral is part of national
requirements1 which aim to “expand direct
access and self-referral where GP involvement is not clinically necessary”. Further, “expanding direct access and self-referrals empowers you to take control of your healthcare, streamlines access to services and reduces unnecessary burden on GP appointments
You can now complete on-line self-referral via our website without prior approval or review by a health professional, and health
professionals in primary care can signpost
people to the self-referral website in response to e-consultations and the like.
Self-Care & Other Resources
We also have a wide range of self-care and education materials available on our website for a wide range of foot conditions and foot care difficulties, as well as information on transport options and for those with footcare needs the NHS does not locally provide for, information on accessing alternative providers of Podiatry care.
We recognise that not all members of the
public will be able to use online services and so there is a telephone self-referral option. We are keen to encourage those who can use the online form to do so, freeing the telephone line for those people who genuinely cannot use the website.
Telephone self-referrals: 01752 434100
What if I Don’t Meet Criteria?
People who self-refer but do not meet the
criteria for care by the service will continue to receive self-care, health education materials and alternative provider signposting as
appropriate to their general needs
Mount Gould Hospital
200 Mount Gould Road
T: 01752 434855
E: [email protected]