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Amputation rates too high

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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Somerset has the fourth highest amputation rate for people with diabetes in England, according to new figures released by Diabetes UK.

The new figures, based on NHS data, show that while the overall diabetes-related amputation rate in the area has improved slightly, it is still far too high.

In previous years the South West as a region had the highest rates of amputation in England. This year there has seen a slight improvement.

The South West Strategic Clinical Network has made driving down amputation rates a priority for the region and has established a footcare sub group of leading experts who are working with Clinical Commissioning Groups and GPs across the region to support improvements.

In Somerset, 4.6 per thousand people with diabetes per year have had a lower limb amputation between 2010 and 2013.

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