Public invited to find out more about podiatry at Fairfield General Hospital

Public invited to find out more about podiatry at Fairfield General Hospital
05 January 2016

PODIATRY staff at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury are holding a free event for the public about the importance of podiatry, which can improve foot function, reduce pain and keep people mobile.

The talk takes place on Wednesday 13th January 2016, 2.00pm–3.00pm, at the Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital, Bury. Entrance is free and open to the public, staff and the Trust’s Foundation Trust members.

Jacky Schofield advanced podiatrist at the Trust will host the event which will give people the chance to find out more about the podiatry service and the treatments available at Pennine Acute.

NHS podiatrists provide varying interventions to manage foot health including foot function, the treatment of painful foot lesions, nail surgery, circulation assessments and the management of foot ulcers.

Patients who get referred to the Trust’s podiatry service will see a specialist podiatrist to assess how they can be helped by treatment. As well as providing services in hospital the Trust also has podiatry services in the community, in local clinics and in the home for housebound patients.

Jackie Schofield advanced podiatrist at the Trust said:

“I have been a podiatrist for over 25 years, always in the NHS, and I am passionate about how regular foot health treatments can improve health, reduce foot pain and improve mobility for our communities.

“As well as seeing patients within the Pennine Acute catchment area, we also see patients from outside our ‘footprint’ under the NHS Any Qualified Provider scheme, in which people who live outside North Manchester can access. Come along and find out how.”

In 2015 the North Manchester community podiatry service carried out over 22,000 treatments, improving foot health and mobility in clinics close to patients’ homes.

The Trust also provides a podiatry service for staff to improve their mobility and foot health, showing Pennine Acute’s commitment to their staffs’ health and wellbeing.

 ‘Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at our four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s Foundation Trust members the opportunity to learn more about the services at PAHNT. So far, more than 12,000 people have signed up to become FT members.

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email

Did you know:

  • Podiatry treatment has been proven to improve foot health and reduce painful feet
  • Just under 3 million people access NHS podiatry in the UK.
  • Regular podiatry can reduce foot complications caused by diabetes.
  • Podiatrist treatment and assessment reduce lower limbs amputations in people with diabetes.