Multidisciplinary diabetic foot service awarded for excellence

A woman and three men standing inside a hospital treatment area
Dr Carsten Ritter, Jonathan Hiew, Dr Emma Hamilton and Dr Laurens Manning are part of the FSFHG Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Unit that was recently awarded for excellence by the NADC.
March 25, 2019

The Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group (FSFHG) Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Unit (MDFU) was recently recognised by the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) for providing excellent multidisciplinary diabetic foot care with a patient-centred approach.

The MDFU team is the first collaborative, interdisciplinary diabetes high-risk foot service in Australia to be accredited at the Centre of Excellence level by the NADC.

In their assessment, the NADC commended the MDFU for delivering a comprehensive service with exceptional availability of specialist and evidenced-based care, leadership in developing foot services in WA and the breadth of the multidisciplinary team.

Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Dr Emma Hamilton is the Endocrinology clinical lead for the team.

“We have senior podiatrists, endocrinologists, vascular surgeons and infectious disease specialists, all of whom are experienced in high-risk diabetic foot disease and complications,” Emma said.

“We are a highly collaborative and dedicated team that works across specialties to provide care to patients who are experiencing distressing, limb threatening diabetic foot ulcers and infections across the emergency, inpatient and outpatient settings.”

Emma said she was incredibly proud of the team.

“This recognition is a great reflection on our hard-working team, particularly our strong commitment to providing high-quality and evidence-based care to our patients,” she said.

The NADC accreditation is highly sought after and a respected symbol of quality diabetes services.  The NADC’s accreditation model is focused on a three-pronged approach combining governance, clinical and quality criteria.

The MDFU is also finalist in the Excellence in Clinical Care Award category for the SMHS Excellence Awards (external site).

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