I asked my diabetic nurse if I could be referred to the diabetic foot care team about a year ago because I needed my very hard toenails cut and my feet have the once over by the specialist to check that all was well. She warned me that they were cutting down on referrals and I may not get to see them so I waited and waited and heard nothing so I assume that if you don't look after your health and are in danger of losing a toe or two you will be referred. I have now made an appointment at a private clinic that will cost £38.00 for 30 minutes treatment. I yearn for the days when we had a National Health Service, not what we have now a fragmented and dispirited, almost bankrupt shadow of its former self that means if a certain department refers you then they have to pay for it and some of these services are privatised entities so they don't act in the best interest of the patient in my opinion. [rant over] Sorry!