Close to home clinics service is under way.
CHILDREN and young people with diabetes are benefiting from a new service closer to home.
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has introduced paediatric diabetes clinics at health centres in Brighouse and Todmorden.
The service provides streamlined care, support and advice and helps children and young people manage their condition.
Dr Yvette Oade, consultant paediatrician and medical director, and Nancy Harrison, paediatric diabetes specialist nurse, run the clinics.
Dr Oade said: "The new clinics are an exciting service development. They help us to reach children and young people in a familiar, community setting.
"Our aim is to help children and young people with diabetes to manage their condition and improve their quality of life through medication, the use of current technology and education."
Seventeen-year old Stephanie Gee, one of the patients, praised the new service.
Stephanie was diagnosed with diabetes eight years ago and needs insulin therapy to control her glucose levels.
For a number of years she managed her treatment by administering insulin injections. Just over a year ago her treatment regime was changed to insulin pump therapy.
She said: "It is very convenient coming to a clinic close to home. It means I have to take less time out of college to attend appointments.
"My life has improved since I started using an insulin pump. It is easy to use - and it's great that I no longer have to inject myself."
CARE PROJECT: Pictured are (from left) patients Stephanie Gee and Lewis Porter, consultant paediatrician Dr Yvette Oade and paediatric diabetes specialist nurse Nancy Harrison (S)