Nurses hand out pills

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Cen­tral Auck­lan­ders with di­a­betes will soon find it eas­ier to get their med­i­ca­tion by see­ing a spe­cial­ist nurse for their pre­scrip­tion in­stead of the doc­tor.

In the near fu­ture three Auck­land Dis- trict Health Board nurses will join three di­a­betes nurses al­ready pre­scrib­ing at the DHB.

The de­ci­sion by the Min­istry of Health comes af­ter a 2011-12 ‘‘demon­stra­tion’’ by 12 spe­cial­ist nurses prac- tis­ing in di­a­betes in the lower North Is­land showed that they could man­age the pa­tients safely and ef­fec­tively.

Nurses and pa­tients were so pos­i­tive about the change the min­istry de­cided to roll out the sys­tem na­tion­wide.

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