Welcome & Introduction

Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly. If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can cause serious health complications.

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. They’re different conditions, caused by different things, but they are both serious and need to be treated and managed properly.
 
Whether you have just been diagnosed or had diabetes for some time it is important that you get the right support for managing your diabetes. This will help to ensure that your diabetes, blood pressure and blood fats are all kept in check, as well as detecting any early signs of complications so that they can be caught and treated successfully. This can often mean a consultation with a doctor at Bassetlaw District Hospital.
 
As demand for these services are rising, we are starting to see that diabetic patients with more complex or specialist needs, often have to wait longer than necessary for their appointments. This is mainly because the consultant is seeing too many non complex patients. Many of which don't need to be seen in a hospital setting but can be seen by a community nurse instead.
 
In Bassetlaw we are proposing to implement a specialist community diabetes team. This team will be there to help GP practices take care of patients with non-specialist needs. They will up-skill the GP practice staff, provide clinics and have frequent meetings with consultants to discuss patients cases.
 
We would love to hear your views on this.
 
 

* 1. Are you affected by diabetes?

* 2. Are you or your family member/ friend Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic?

* 3. Please tell us where you or your family member/ friend receive your care of (please select all that apply)

* 4. In the new model of care we are suggesting that only patients with specialist needs will be seen in the hospital environment. These will include any hospital stays (admissions), complex Type 1 patients, diabetic foot problems, diabetic kidney problems, antenatal care and insulin pumps.

All other patients will have appointments and annual checks within the community setting, most often with their GP or practice nurse. It is likely that if you have problems managing your diabetes, the GP practice will ask the new community team to help manage your care. This may include consultants within the community.

Please outline any concerns/ thoughts or support for this model.

* 5. To help support patients self-manage their own condition we will be increasing the availability of education classes. these are proven to improve the health outcomes of people with diabetes and should be 'prescribed' to all newly diagnosed patients.

We want to make sure everyone gets access to these valuable sessions.

Please share any thoughts about what might make these sessions more appealing to you or those affected by diabetes near to you. For example, what time of day would be best, what locality and how would you like to receive the information.

* 6. Sometimes patients with diabetes need some advice. We would like to ensure patients can access advice quickly to avoid problems later. Please tell us which options you would prefer for gaining advice from a professional. Please select all that apply.

* 7. Options for healthcare is changing all the time. If you have any ideas about how we might be able to help you or others around you better manage your condition then please share your thoughts below.

* 8. As we develop changes in services we will be working closely with all the healthcare providers including consultants, nurses and general practitioners.

It is also important we listen to patients or those affected by diabetes.

If you would like to be involved further please share your email address below. We may contact you with further surveys or ask if you would like to attend a focus group.

* 9. Thank you for completing our survey - if you have any other comments please share them below.

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