Close to home clinics service is under way.Byline: By NEIL NEIL Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited
NEIL Network Engineering and Integration Lab ATKINSON News Editor
CHILDREN and young people with diabetes are benefiting from a new service closer to home.
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust NHS Foundation Trusts (often referred to as "foundation hospitals") are hospitals which are part of the National Health Service in England. Function
They have a significant amount of managerial and financial freedom when compared to existing NHS Trust. has introduced paediatric Adj. 1. paediatric - of or relating to the medical care of children; "pediatric dentist"
pediatric 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 insulin pump
A portable device for people with diabetes that injects insulin at programmed intervals in order to regulate blood sugar levels. 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)