Progress in fight for Diabetes services
MANAGEMENT AT UHK MEET KERRY TYPE 1 DIABETIES SUPPORT GROUP ON SERVICES
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.