We have three nurses trained in the care of patients with diabetes, Sandy Norman, Rebecca Walker and Amelia Baker. Sandy and Rebecca have completed the ENB 928 course and are trained to initiate insulin therapy in general practice.
The clinic nurses are able to diagnose, plan treatment and monitor patients with Type I and Type II diabetes, and also diagnose and monitor patients with 'pre-diabetes'. A care-plan is agreed with the GP.
Stable patients are usually seen twice yearly (unless otherwise agreed). This involves an annual appointment with a fasting blood test, in the month of the patient's birthday, and a follow up six months later with a non-fasting blood test.
Appointments for diabetic clinic are usually booked in advance via the treatment room on 01271 314236.
Housebound patients are seen by the community nurses and their care shared with the GP and either Sandy or Rebecca. If necessary patients care is shared by specialists at the hospital. The nurses are constantly updating to provide up to date evidence-based care, attending regular courses for diabetes and diabetes related care.