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Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) Service

Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) Service

New Service Launched January 2016
A community-based diabetes specialist nurse service is provided.
The aims of the service are:
- to improve diabetes self-management skills using individualised care plans.
- to reduce the number of referrals to hospital for diabetes outpatient clinic appointments.
- to reduce the number of emergency hospital admissions for conditions such as hypoglycaemia and diabetic keto-acidosis (DKA).
- to increase the level of knowledge and expertise in other healthcare professionals providing care to people with diabetes.

Who is this service for?

The service sees adults (aged 18 years or over) with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes who need the clinical expertise of a diabetes specialist nurse. Anyone who is registered with a South Gloucestershire GP can be referred to the service.

How does this service work / what's involved in this service?

People referred into the Diabetes Specialist Nurse service receive a comprehensive, specialist assessment of their diabetes, including any necessary treatment changes. Individual management plans and diabetes targets are developed to help people to get better control of their diabetes and to reduce their risks of developing diabetes complications which can affect their quality of life.

It is hoped the service will reduce the burden on hospital diabetes outpatient services and help people to manage and live with their diabetes at home.

Examples of the types of referral to the service are:

  • to initiate insulin or other injectable therapies
  • insulin management skills – for people who need to learn how to adjust their own insulin safely and correctly
  • treatment changes – for people who need a diabetes medication review in order to improve their blood glucose levels
  • hypoglycaemia management – for people who are having problems with low blood glucose levels (hypoglycaemia) and need help to prevent/treat correctly

The service also offers sessions to people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes so they can learn how to manage their condition (this is also known as structured education and is usually delivered to small groups).

How do I access this service?

This service is available in a number of community venues across South Gloucestershire. You can be referred by your GP Surgery or another health professional.

What does this service cost?

There are no costs associated with this service.

In what areas is this service available?

The DSN service is available in the South Gloucestershire area only.

It is based at:

Leap Valley Surgery
Beaufort Road
BS16 6UG

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Leap Valley Surgery
01225 831327
Leap Valley Surgery
BS16 6UG
Monday - Friday
9.00am - 5.00pm

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