War on diabetes: An inside look

War on diabetes: Getting more regular foot checks

Polyclinics stepping up efforts to catch diabetic foot problems early and prevent amputations

Ms Rubiah Omar, a senior enrolled nurse at Bukit Batok Polyclinic under the National University Polyclinics, conducting a foot screening with the aid of the 10g monofilament device. At the National Healthcare Group, the polyclinics under its charge h
Ms Rubiah Omar, a senior enrolled nurse at Bukit Batok Polyclinic under the National University Polyclinics, conducting a foot screening with the aid of the 10g monofilament device. At the National Healthcare Group, the polyclinics under its charge handle about 300,000 visits a year by patients with diabetes.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

At Yishun Polyclinic, patients with diabetes used to be told to come in once a year for foot screening, but doctors soon realised this was not often enough.

Some were returning a year later with foot ulcers bad enough to require an immediate referral to the hospital, and possibly amputation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2018, with the headline 'More regular foot checks for diabetics'. Subscribe