Foot Care Services To Continue On Islands

A foot care service will be continuing on the islands.

There had been fears that the service would end when our only qualified podiatrist, Kris Taylor, retires in the summer.

But Scilly’s LINk health watchdog has announced that Rebecca Carr will be taking over the service and has been working with Kris and the Council to ensure a smooth handover.

Kris says she’s “more than delighted” that the service will continue and says Rebecca will be able to provide the majority of the treatments that are currently on offer.

Rebecca has been studying for the past year to become a Foot Health Practitioner and plans to start offering the service in July. She’s recently spent two weeks on the mainland where she had to treat 13 patients and says she’s keen to use her new skills.

Rebecca has been running a mobile hairdressing service on the Islands for several years and realised that her clients often overlapped with those of Kris. She felt it could help diversify her business by taking on both services.

Rebecca says she’ll be able to offer nail cutting, treatment for corns, calluses, cracked heels, athlete’s foot, fungal and thickened nails, verrucas, and ingrowing toenails.

Patients with a podiatric clinical need, such as those with diabetes, are seen at St Marys Hospital with emergencies dealt with at West Cornwall Hospital.

Peninsula Community Health is not commissioned to provide any other podiatric or general foot care service and that’s where Rebecca will come in.

Rebecca’s training was part-funded by £4,500 grant from the Local Action Group, who felt a loss of the service would have an impact on the elderly population on the islands, as well as forcing more people to travel to the mainland.

Kris will be working with Rebecca during the handover and says she hopes she’ll enjoy the work as much as she has over the last 14 years.