Diabetes patients have become the second group to have their care moved closer to home.

North Kirklees patients no longer need to go to Dewsbury hospital after health chiefs re-located services to a range of health centres, GP surgeries and in their own homes.

An estimated 10,000 diabetes patients are set to benefit from the service re-design.

Last month kidney patients became the first within Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust to have their outpatient services moved out of hospital.

North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (NKCCG), who are now controlling the service, has appointed two new community diabetes nurses – Kathryn Jolly and Jo Bissel.

Kathryn said: “The focus of the service is to provide education and support to practice nurses and other community healthcare professionals, including care home staff.

“Having access to this specialist knowledge will result in improved diabetes patient care.

“It also means that we will be able to see the more complex diabetes cases closer to patients’ homes, such as local health centres and not in hospital, making it easier for patients to get appointments and resulting in improved care.

North Kirklees community diabetes nurses Kathryn Jolly (front) and Jo Bissell
 

“We also hope our input will result in fewer hospital admissions.”

Jo added: “Our aim is to build stronger links between primary and secondary care to provide excellent care for patients at the right time and in the right place.

“Our service will be proactive with the focus being patient-centred, evidence-based and dynamic to meet the needs of patients with diabetes.” 

The service will be aimed at those using insulin but who need help to gain better control, patients who have type 2 diabetes and are considering treatment with injectable therapies, and patients who use insulin but require specialist advice about dose adjustment.

Dr David Kelly, chairman of NKCCG said: “One of the CCG’s aims is to deliver as much care as possible closer to people’s homes so that services are more accessible and convenient.

“I am really pleased and proud that the new Community Diabetes Nursing Service can now be added to a growing list of healthcare services being offered in community settings rather than at hospitals.

“I am sure patients will benefit from having treatment closer to their homes and having the benefit of a service that promotes self-management and wellbeing.”