The Community Diabetes Nursing Service, provided by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has been rolled out by NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of its Diabetes Redesign.
It will benefit all adult diabetes patients throughout North Kirklees with the main aim of preventing them from going to hospital for treatment.
Instead, they will be able to access a range of services in their own communities including their local GP practices and health centres. Patients who are housebound will also be able to receive support and reviews in the comfort of their own homes.
There are almost 10,000 patients with diabetes aged 17 and over in North Kirklees with an estimated 3,000 patients still undiagnosed. It is expected the new service will reduce the need for hospital referrals by a minimum of 25 per cent.
The new service, which patients will be able to access through their GPs, will be delivered by two newly-appointed community diabetes nurses – Kathryn Jolly and Jo Bissel.
It is aimed at those using insulin but who need help to gain better control, patients who have type 2 diabetes and are considering treatment with injectable therapies, and patients who use insulin but require specialist advice about dose adjustment.
The nurses will work closely with Dewsbury and District Hospital and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as well as with primary care to support practices, community staff and care homes to enhance the overall healthcare experience of patients living with diabetes.
Kathryn said: “The focus of the service is to provide education and support to practice nurses and other community healthcare professionals, including care home staff. Having access to this specialist knowledge will result in improved diabetes patient care.
“It also means that we will be able to see the more complex diabetes cases closer to patients’ homes such as local health centres and not in hospital, making it easier for patients to get appointments and resulting in improved care. We also hope our input will result in fewer hospital admissions.”
Jo added: “Our aim is to build stronger links between primary and secondary care to provide excellent care for patients at the right time and in the right place.
“Our service will be proactive with the focus being patient-centred, evidence-based and dynamic to meet the needs of patients with diabetes.”
Dr David Kelly, chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG said: “One of the CCG’s aims is to deliver as much care as possible closer to people’s homes so that services are more accessible and convenient.
“I am really pleased and proud that the new Community Diabetes Nursing Service can now be added to a growing list of healthcare services being offered in community settings rather than at hospitals. I am sure patients will benefit from having treatment closer to their homes and having the benefit of a service that promotes self-management and wellbeing.”
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