Progress in fight for Di­a­betes ser­vices

MAN­AGE­MENT AT UHK MEET KERRY TYPE 1 DIABETIES SUP­PORT GROUP ON SER­VICES

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

THE Kerry Type 1 Di­a­betes Sup­port Group have met with man­age­ment at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Kerry to dis­cuss ser­vices for di­a­betes pa­tients at the hos­pi­tal.

The group has crit­i­cised the lack of vi­tal ser­vices that are avail­able at the Kerry clinic com­pared to the ar­ray of sup­ports at Cork Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, where many Kerry pa­tients are forced to at­tend to get the care they need.

The group say that ser­vices at the hos­pi­tal are the same as they were 30 years ago, de­spite the open­ing of a new di­a­betes unit two years ago.

The meet­ing last week fol­lows on from the launch of a cam­paign by the group to fight what they say are vi­tal life-sav­ing sup­ports to make lives eas­ier for pa­tients with Type 1 di­a­betes. Type 1 di­a­betes pa­tients are in­sulin de­pen­dent and live with the con­di­tion 24/7.

The group wrote a let­ter to hos­pi­tal man­age­ment ear­lier this year out­lin­ing the im­prove­ments they would like to see and fol­low­ing last week’s meet­ing they said they are hope­ful that progress will be made.

Among the changes that will be looked at by hos­pi­tal man­age­ment are the in­tro­duc­tion of carb count­ing - which helps di­a­betes pa­tients to reg­u­late their in­sulin but which, un­til now, was not sup­ported at UHK. Hos­pi­tal man­age­ment will also look at the struc­ture of di­a­betes pa­tients ap­point­ments to al­low them to ac­cess the care they need. Cam­paign spokesper­son, Siob­han O’Brien, said that the group are look­ing for­wared to work­ing with hos­pi­tal man­age­ment to fight for the ser­vices.

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