The Area's Sole Practice


26 January 2012

KEEP your feet in tip-top shape with the help of a newly-accredited Grimsby practice.

The Achilles Centre, on Dudley Street, has been given the accolade by the Society Of Chiropodists And Podiatrists. It is believed to be the only practice to have the accreditation across North East Lincolnshire.

To achieve such high recognition, staff at the centre had to undertake a careful review, ensuring they were meeting a very strict criteria.

This included sterilisation procedures, clinical governance, data protection, referral pathways, continual professional development and disability access.

Following completion of this, an external podiatrist visited the centre to carry out checks, along with an independent inspector appointed by the Society Of Chiropodists And Podiatrists.

Delighted with their recognition is podiatrist and director of the Achilles Centre Angela Cottingham.

Angela set up the centre over 12 years ago, and is proud of its high achievements.

She said: "This accreditation means such a lot to us here at the practice.

"It is the culmination of ten years of hard work building this business from a single-handed practice to what you see here today.

"It makes us different from everyone else, putting our own stamp on the service.

"The accreditation is only given to practices which achieve set national standards and show best practice.

"The vast majority of people we serve are from the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area, however, we do get some clients who travel in from elsewhere."

The practice has recently taken on a new podiatrist, who has joined two others and a physiotherapist already working at the centre.

Geoff Allen, centre manager at the practice, said: "I think this year is going to be a good one for us, especially now we have the accredited status.

"We applied for the accreditation because we feel our clients have the right to be confident that their care is being provided in a safe environment.

"Clients should feel that they are being treated by fully qualified professionals who keep their knowledge up-to-date, which is something we pride ourselves on.

"Not only are we the only accredited practice in North and North East Lincolnshire, but the only one within more than a 40-mile radius.

"I hope this generates an uptake in even more clients to our centre.

"We received a certificate from the Society Of Chiropodists And Podiatrists, which will go proudly on display for all to see when they visit us."

For more information about the Achilles Centre or to book appointments, visit www.achillescentre.com

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