Foot ulcer

Emergency department referrals

All urgent cases must be discussed with the on call Registrar to obtain appropriate prioritisation and treatment. Contact through:

  • Caboolture Hospital (07) 5433 8888
  • Redcliffe Hospital (07) 3883 7777
  • Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (07) 3646 8111
  • The Prince Charles Hospital (07) 3139 4000

Urgent cases accepted via phone must be accompanied with a written referral and a copy faxed immediately to the Central Patient Intake Unit: 1300 364 952.

Red flags

Consider immediate referral to the emergency department for patients with the following

  • Cellulitis failing to respond to oral antibiotics within 48 hours
  • Infected foot ulcer with systemic features
  • Acute charcot arthropathy

Podiatry led Multidisciplinary High Risk Foot services are provided at 7 services in Metro North Hospital and Health Service. Patients will be allocated based on their postcode and clinical complexity.

Deadly Feet Program

Deadly Feet is a multi-disciplinary service providing early assessment, risk modification, and specialist intervention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of lower limb conditions associated with diabetes and/or peripheral vascular disease. Patients are reviewed by a vascular consultant, a specialist vascular sonographer, and a podiatrist within one 90 minute appointment in the Deadly Feet clinic at Redcliffe Hospital, Caboolture MATSICHS or Galangoor Duwalami Primary Healthcare Service, Hervey Bay.

Deadly Feet offers relaxed referral criteria to support equitable access to health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Referrals can be made through GP Smart Referrals and no prior pathology or medical imaging are required. Alternatively referrals can be made by contacting the Deadly Feet project team by phone on 07 3647 1500 or at

Referral requirements

A referral may be rejected without the following information.

  • Duration of ulcer
  • Past history of foot ulcer or lower limb amputation
  • Relevant medical history ie. diabetes, neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease
  • Current medications
  • Presence of foot deformity
  • Presence of any red flags

Out of catchment

Metro North Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary care or services that are not provided by their local Hospital and Health Service. If your patient lives outside the Metro North Health area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, inclusion of information regarding their particular medical and social factors will assist with the triaging of your referral.

  • Impact on employment
  • Impact on education
  • Impact on home
  • Impact on activities of daily living
  • Impact on ability to care for others
  • Impact on personal frailty or safety
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can’t order, or the patient can’t afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary
  • Presenting symptoms (evolution and duration)
  • Physical findings
  • Details of previous treatment (including systemic and topical medications prescribed) including the course and outcome of the treatment
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Details of any associated medical conditions which may affect the condition or its treatment (e.g. diabetes), noting these must be stable and controlled prior to referral
  • Current medications and dosages
  • Drug allergies
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use
  • Full name (including aliases)
  • Date of birth
  • Residential and postal address
  • Telephone contact number/s – home, mobile and alternative
  • Medicare number (where eligible)
  • Name of the parent or caregiver (if appropriate)
  • Preferred language and interpreter requirements
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Contact details – telephone, fax, email
  • Provider number
  • Date of referral
  • Signature
  • Willingness to have surgery (where surgery is a likely intervention)
  • Choice to be treated as a public or private patient
  • Compensable status (e.g. DVA, Work Cover, Motor Vehicle Insurance, etc.)

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Hotline: 1300 364 938

Medical Objects ID: MQ40290004P
HealthLink EDI: qldmnhhs

Metro North Central Patient Intake
Aspley Community Centre
776  Zillmere Road

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