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THE head of a health trust for Fareham and Gosport has called diabetic foot amputation rates in the area as ‘hugely disappointing.’

As previously reported, 129 diabetic foot amputations took place in Fareham and Gosport between April 2009 to March 2012.

It gives an amputation rate of 4.9 per 1,000 adults with diabetes, compared to the national average of 0.9.

Dr David Chilvers, is lead of the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group.

He said: ‘The figures are hugely disappointing. Each one of these patients has had a life-changing event and we must do better.

‘We have already identified this as a priority and started initiatives to improve care.

‘Since the new year we have trebled the number of clinics at Queen Alexandra Hospital, which is resulting in more diabetic patients with foot disease being seen much faster.

‘There has also been education work by our community diabetes teams to help patients become experts in their conditions and know when things might need more treatment.’