Diabetics to get new service for their condition from South Gloucestershire team

August 31 2015

A NEW community diabetes service will be introduced in South Gloucestershire in the autumn.

A NEW community diabetes service will be introduced in South Gloucestershire in the autumn.
Under the system, support will be offered to diabetics for their condition in their own home or at a clinic.
People will initially be referred by their own GP but it is hoped they will eventually be able to refer themselves.
The diabetes community service will be run by Sirona, which already provides a number of publicly funded health and social care services in the district, and it has launched a questionnaire to find out what diabetics want from the service.
Sirona said the aim of the service was to improve the quality of life for individuals and enable them to live better for longer in their own homes, avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and give them as much control and choice over managing their condition as possible.
Rosemary Carroll, Sirona’s head of specialist nursing services, said: “Individuals will have access to specialist assessment and an individually developed programme of care.
“There can be complications from diabetes, such as amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke. This new service aims to ensure individuals have support as early as possible as this has the potential for significant health benefits.”
The online questionnaire can be found at www.sirona-cic.org.uk/your-view but anyone without internet access should call Martha Cox on 01225 831328.