In the average lifetime each individual may walk the equivalent of
five times around the earth; the average adult takes between 4000
and 6000 steps per day. In this context it is widely recognised,
and important to understand that poor foot health has a direct
impact on an individual's independence, quality of life and health
Between 75% and 80% of the adult population has some form of foot
problem with women having approximately four times as many problems
Our team consists of qualified podiatrists, and foot care
technicians. All of our podiatrists are registered with the
national regulatory body, The Health and Care Professions
The podiatry department offers patient assessment, diagnosis, care
planning, treatment and health education services to persons who
present with a medical and, or podiatric condition affecting the
feet that requires professional intervention possibly as a result
Further information can be obtained from:
The Society of Chiropodists
The Health Professions
Where is the service provided
The podiatry service is coordinated from Bishop Auckland Hospital
with clinics available in a range of venues throughout Derwentside,
Durham and Chester le Street, Sedgefield, Durham Dales and
When is the service provided?
Appointments are available between 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday and
can be arranged through the booking office at Bishop Auckland
Hospital 08:30 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday, though a
message can be left on the answer phone at other times and calls
will be returned within 48 hours.
How do people access the service?
To receive care you must be referred to the Podiatry Service by
All referrals are prioritised so that we can deal with urgent cases
first. At your first appointment your condition will be assessed
and an appropriate course of treatment will be agreed which may
simply consist of advice, a short course of treatment or in some
cases more prolonged care.
Telephone: 01388 455200
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community