A retrospective audit of client histories from 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 was conducted. Assessment, investigations on admission, management, length of stay and outcomes were assessed and compared with evidence-based guidelines. A total of 62 clients with 115 admissions were identified. The finding that HBA1c (glycated haemoglobin) levels were measured on admission 50% of the time suggested there is significant variability in assessment, investigation and management of acute diabetes-related foot complications. There is a need to better utilise evidence-based clinical guidelines, and for greater emphasis on linking individuals who are at risk of hospitalisation into appropriate outpatient services to improve outcomes.