Toenail cutting

This service is available in Somerset only (not North Somerset).

The mention of this service often raises a smile, but it is a serious response to a serious problem.  Toenails don't stop growing and can cause difficulties if they are not regularly cut. 

You may be interested in this service if you are aged 60 or over and:

  • are unable to hold clippers
  • are unable to bend down
  • are unable to reach your feet
  • have little strength in your hands 

What does the service offer?

Age UK Somerset offer clients a simple toenail cutting service provided by trained staff in a clinic environment.  We do not provide any other kind of podiatry or chiropody service and we can not help with corns, bunions, hard skin, etc. 

We can cut your toenails four times a year, that is every thirteen weeks.  There is a charge of £12 per appointment.  Appointments last approximately 20-25 minutes.

The service works in association with Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and receives funding to keep vulnerable members of society comfortable, mobile and independent; in some instances long toenails have contributed to falls and then hospitalisation.

To access this service you will need to ask your GP to refer you to the NHS Podiatry Service for an assessment as they need to see everybody first to ensure that our service will be suitable for them. 

We are unable to cut the toenails of anybody who uses certain medications, such as warfarin, some other anti-coagulants, and some oral steroids.

Over 1200 clients currently benefit from this service. 

 

To find out more about the Toenail Cutting Service please call 01823 345610 or email tnc@ageuksomerset.org.uk.