Referral to the High Risk Foot Service

Referrals accepted from: General Practitioners, specialists and podiatrists


Eligibility: Patients with diabetes aged 16 years and over with one or more of the following foot conditions:

  • Ulceration (acute or chronic)
  • Infection (including cellulitis and osteomyelitis)
  • Acute inflammation (red, hot, swollen), particularly Charcot foot


How to refer:

STEP 1: Address referral to one of the following Specialists:

  • A/Prof Katherine Tonks
  • Dr Joel Lasschuit


STEP 2: Please include: 

  • Referral reason, type of diabetes, past medical history, current medication, recent HbA1c
  • Any other relevant information/investigations (e.g. inflammatory markers, culture results, radiology reports)
  • Contact details for the patient


STEP 3: To facilitate rapid triage email referral to or fax to 8382 3327  

 Referrals are triaged for clinical urgency by a senior podiatrist.


STEP 4: The HRFS will contact your patient to arrange an appointment.

In addition, for urgent referrals (including suspected osteomyelitis or acute Charcot foot) please discuss with the registrar on-call:

  • During office hours (8.00am- 4.30pm, Mon-Fri, excluding public holidays) call the Diabetes Centre on (02) 8382 2622, and ask to speak to the Diabetes Registrar.
  • Out of office hours call the hospital switchboard on (02) 8382 1111, and ask to speak to the Endocrine Registrar on-call.