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Chiropodist accused of causing ‘excessive pain’ to patients

The Shetland Times

Shuropody, which sells foot-care products as well as treating people with painful foot conditions, claims to be the second largest provider of foot-care in the UK, behind only the NHS. Comments Foot-care brand Shuropody has raised 3m from the Business Growth Fund, the 2.5bn investment firm owned by Britains biggest banks. Founded by entrepreneur Frank Duffy in 2007, the Coventry-based company is aiming to double its annual sales to 30m over the next three years. Mr Duffy said the business, which sells foot-care products as well as treating people with painful foot conditions, is the second largest provider of foot-care in the UK, behind only the NHS. Following the purchase of 43 Scholl stores from Alliance Boots in July 2008, the company has expanded to 63 stores and concessions. However, Mr Duffy said Shuropodys latest expansion will be focused on concessions in garden centres and clinics located close to out-of-town supermarkets because of high rent and business rates on the high street. Related Articles Good news Britain: L&G can plug lending gap 08 Aug 2012 Were somewhere between healthcare and retail. The traditional high street model doesnt lend itself to what were doing, he said. He added that the company, which treats around 5,000 people each week, is hoping to benefit from providing foot treatments to more patients as the NHS continues to outsource services such as chiropody. Were primed for the changes that are going on with the NHS well be a national provider on a big scale. Mr Duffy, a former chief executive of the Dr. Martens footwear manufacturer R Griggs, said raising equity finance was the only available route to expanding the business in the current climate, as bank debt is either not available or too expensive. He said Shuropodys customers are typically mature females, who pay around 30 for a treatment.
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‘Compassionate’ Worthing chiropodist dies aged 74

Researchers at Highgate Cemetery claim to have uncovered the grave of Abraham Lincolns chiropodist. Dr Issachar Zacharie was said to be the most favoured family visitor at the White House, valued by the former president not only for his skills but also as a sounding board for the opinions of the Jewish community in America. The discovery was made as researchers drew up a new map for visitors plotting the last resting places of the likes of Karl Marx, TV presenter Jeremy Beadle and author Douglas Adams. Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive of Highgate Cemetery, said: Zacharies connection with Lincoln is fascinating, and especially topical just now. Were always keen to celebrate the exceptional achievements of people buried here at Highgate Cemetery. People know us for Karl Marx, but this is a place to reflect on all those who have gone before us, famous or not. Dr Zacharie died while living at an address in Mayfair and was credited as being founder of the Masonic Order of the Secret Monitor. He is buried in the East Cemetery near a piano memorial, commemorating classical pianist William Thornton. The map has been produced to coincide with the introduction of new entree prices for visitors from tomorrow (March 1). Dr Dungavell added: We dont expect to see Daniel Day-Lewis round here, but you never know.
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Much-loved chiropodist to the famous dies (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)

Alan Johnstone, of Watersfield Road, Worthing, practised as a chiropodist for 32 years, having retrained after a career in the Medical Corps in the Army and as a microbiologist for GlaxoSmithKline. He died on Thursday in his home after a battle with lung cancer. Despite being terminally ill, Alan had continued to see patients a week before he died. His wife, Gabrielle, said: He was determined to fight on and he didnt want to let his patients down. He used to say he loved it when someone hobbled in and floated out. Mrs Johnstone said Alan would often work all days and hours of the week, regardless of the time or occasion. She view website said: Sometimes he would get a call at 3am from an elderly patient who was confused and thought it was 3pm. He would usually gently persuade them it was the morning and tell them he would see them later. But sometimes he would get out of bed and visit them then. He would never get annoyed at them. He was very kind. An inquistive mind with a desire to learn, Alans interests included classical music and the arts, railway history and architecture, photography and horses, and even snakes. Whilst training to become a chiropodist, Alan also studied for a history degree with the Open University during his train journey commute from Worthing to London. Mrs Johnstone added: That was Alan. He always enjoyed learning.
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Chiropodist urges council to save trees if school gets ‘nod’

CONCERN Trees outside the old Clarence Street YMCA

Gillian Francis, from Lerwick, who worked in Mid Yell Health Centre, is charged with causing excessive pain and bleeding to patients, saying to a colleague that she wanted to repeatedly stab her manager and placing inappropriate content on her Myspace page, which included young women in provocative clothing. Ms Francis is currently facing more than 20 charges at the competence and conduct committee in a six-day hearing in Nottingham. The main charges allege that she had an unhealthy attitude to pain. She is charged with providing inappropriate treatment, including a toe-popping technique, causing patients agonising pain and bleeding. It is alleged that in 2009 she failed to stop a patients treatment after the patient complained of pain and asked her to stop. Instead she continued treatment, causing further suffering. This also breached patient consent. In this case she failed to wash her hands or change her gloves, and did not take into account a pre-existing medical condition and failed to provide follow-up advice. It is also alleged Ms Francis openly criticised colleagues treatment of patients, discussed personal problems with colleagues during treatment sessions and carried out treatment, which caused undue pain, to a patient in their bayview wellness home after she had been suspended by her employer. She is further charged with bringing the profession into disrepute by her inappropriate and aggressive entries on her Myspace page. Ms Francis also allegedly referred patients to the orthotics department when there was no need and unnecessarily modified orthoses.
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Or contact us by email or phone . Search: Chiropodist urges council to save trees if school gets nod 12:48pm Tuesday 23rd April 2013 in News CONCERN Trees outside the old Clarence Street YMCA BLACKBURN chiropodist Christopher Hunt has called on the borough council to protect the avenue of trees lining Clarence Street if it approves the bid to build the new Tauheedul Islam Boys School on the site of the former YMCA building at Edinburgh House. He had written to councillors supporting the application for the new educational institution. Mr Hunt, whose runs a chiropodists and podiatrists in Wellington Street, said the empty YMCA building is an eyesore in its present state but is concerned that the trees lining Clarence Street are left intact as they are historic and on a preservation order. His letter was considered by Blackburn with Darwen council planning committee as it noted a petition signed by 499 supporters of the school proposal last week. It follows the councillors receiving four similar documents, with 88 signatures, opposing the scheme. Tauheedul wants to open the new school in September next year. Plans for purpose-built premises were submitted in February. If approved later this year, they will allow the demolition of the former YMCA building so work can start on the new education complex. Bosses at Tauheedul hope that the existing boys school, which opened last year, will move from its current buildings, in Robinson Street, Little Harwood, in September 2014.
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Grave of Lincoln’s chiropodist discovered at Highgate Cemetery

Text ‘SLPICS’ to 80360. Got a story? Call the newsdesk: 020 8744 4260 Search: 7:00am Sunday 16th June 2013 in News By Amy Dyduch Sorely missed: John Johnson A well-known chiropodist in East Sheen, who treated many feet of the famous, died peacefully, surrounded by family, in the East Surrey Hospital last month. John Johnson, 87, had been living in the Honeywood House Nursing Home in Rowhook for nearly two years, having suffered with Alzheimers disease for some time. He opened up his practice in early 1960 in the big white house on the corner of Wallorton Gardens, East Sheen, initially assisted by his mother, Ada Johnson, before his wife June took over the receptionist role in 1973. Mr Johnson was popular with patients because of his excellent time keeping and dry sense of humour and a comical fish tank in the waiting room which contained a model foot bone and was labelled 2 Piranhas – Beware! proved a great source of conversation. His daughter Sue Wiltshire said: He was very well known in the area and popular. His patients loved him. Mr Johnson was a proud pioneer in minor foot surgery and was one of the earliest trained podiatrists of his generation and patients were disappointed when the practice closed in 2002. Family described him as a much-loved husband of 61 years to June, father and father-in-law to Susan and Bob, Sally and Pat, Paul and Sandy, and grandpa to Jade, Anna, Catherine, Joanna, Matthew, Annabel, Alex and Jacob. The funeral service and cremation was held at Guildford Crematorium on Friday, June 14.
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