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Diabetes Service

People with diabetes are being asked to get involved with plans for a new community service.

Working with the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and GP practices, Sirona care & health has introduced a new community diabetes service.

Sirona has  launched a questionnaire to find out what people with the condition want from the service.

The aim is to improve the quality of life for individuals and enable them to live better for longer in their own homes, avoid unnecessary hospital admission and give them as much control and choice over managing their condition as possible.

It will be integrated within Sirona’s existing community services to ensure a wrap-around holistic approach giving the best possible level of support with care tailored to an individual’s needs, says Rosemary Carroll, Sirona’s head of Specialist Nursing Services.

The Diabetes Community Service offers support to people in their own home or a clinic setting. People will initially be referred by their own GP, however further developments so individuals can refer themselves are planned.

Rosemary said: “Individuals will have access to specialist assessment and an individually developed programme of care. We will be working with people to promote self-management and empowerment for those living with diabetes.

“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.

“Our aim is to give those with the condition as much choice and control over its management as possible and reduce the number of crises they experience. We particularly want to reduce the need for hospital admission and help those with diabetes to live longer and healthier lives.”

To make sure people with the condition are involved, Sirona has created an online questionnaire to help shape the service which is being created. To find out more please visit www.sirona-cic.org.uk/your-view

Anyone unable to access the internet should call Martha Cox on 01225 831328 or write to her at: Service User Involvement, Business Development Team, Midford House, Sirona care & health, St Martin’s Hospital, Clara Cross Lane, Bath, BA2 5RP for a paper copy of the questionnaire.

To read the detailed proposal click here

To take part in the survey click here

To read the report click here.

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