Who is the service for?
This is an assessment and treatment service, for all people registered with a North Manchester GP, who are suspected or know to have lower limb peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Referrals can be made by all health professionals directly to the service.
What does the service provide?
Our aim is to improve the early detection and ensure best clinical treatment for all people with PAD, to improve quality of life, cardiovascular and limb outcomes. We provide the following:
- Awareness raising to encourage early referral of peripheral arterial disease
- Offering people an appointment within 1 month of referral, in a choice of 5 clinic locations
- Performing non-invasive peripheral arterial assessments, diagnosis and severity assessment
- Providing key education on cardiovascular risks and healthy options
- Promoting best medical therapy in partnership with General Practices
- Negotiating key healthy lifestyle changes – smoking, exercise and well-being
- Referring people with severe or deteriorating circulation problems directly to Vascular Consultants
- Referring people with non-vascular symptoms to other clinical services as necessary
Who will patients meet while under your department/service’s care?
They will be usually contacted initially by our Admin staff at Harpurhey Clinic, to organise a convenient appointment, by phone and in writing.
When they attend an appointment they will be seen by one of our Vascular Specialist Podiatrists or Nurse, who will take a clinical history and ask questions about leg and foot symptoms.
They will then perform a clinical assessment, which involves checking pulses in the arms, feet, knee and groin areas (wear loose clothing), followed by taking blood pressures in both arms and at the ankles.
This will help confirm if there are any lower limb arterial problems and the severity of any arterial disease found. They will then explain the findings and plan appropriate treatment, lifestyle changes and support.
This may involve medicines, quitting smoking, increasing exercise and in a few cases referral for a vascular surgical opinion. All people with peripheral arterial disease will then be managed in partnership with their GP and seen back for a review within 3 – 12 months.
When is the service available?
The service is a non urgent community based service, available 5 days per week, Monday – Friday, between 9am and 4.30pm
Where is the service provided?
The service is focussed on providing close to home access at a range of clinic venues around North Manchester, including:
- Harpurhey Health Centre
- Newton Heath Health Centre
- Cornerstone Centre, Beswick
- Cheetham Hill Primary Care Centre
Department Contact details:
Leg Circulation Service Office:
Harpurhey Health Centre
1 Church Lane
Tel: 0161 861 2439/2430
Fax: 0161 205 5860
You will need to bring a full list of your medicines and any clinical letters you have about your medical conditions.
Admin Staff: Kim May and Alice Lumley
Clinical staff: Martin Fox and Sue Matthews
Service Manager: John Bevans