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A DIABETES charity has welcomed the commitment of health leaders in the Portsmouth area to bring down amputation rates.

As reported, Portsmouth has one of the highest diabetes-related amputation rates in England, with 4.3 amputations per 1,000 people per year, compared to the England average of 2.6 per 1,000.

This was due to people reporting problems at a late stage.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been working with the Fareham and Gosport CCG, South Eastern Hampshire CCG, community providers Solent NHS Trust, and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital, to bring this figure down.

Changes include bringing in a new way of flagging up problems and getting them seen to, and increasing the number of multi-disciplinary foot clinics.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK’s regional manager for the south east, said: ‘We welcome the fact that the CCGs have promised to work with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust to turn this situation around.

‘It is really good news that it is committed to ensuring people with diabetes in the area get adequate foot care.’