Chil­dren’s di­a­betes care team among the UK’s best

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THE pae­di­atric team look­ing af­ter chil­dren with di­a­betes at Orm­skirk Hos­pi­tal has been recog­nised as one of the best in the coun­try.

A na­tional au­dit found they were among the top per­form­ers for sup­port­ing chil­dren with Type 1 di­a­betes in terms of qual­ity im­prove­ments.

Jamie Cran­ham, age seven, from Scaris­brick, near Orm­skirk, has been at­tend­ing the hos­pi­tal since he was di­ag­nosed four years ago with Type 1, the most com­mon form of di­a­betes in young­sters.

His dad, An­drew, is the Chair of Lancelots, a Di­a­betes UK sup­port group for chil­dren with Type 1 di­a­betes. It is named af­ter the lancets used for skin pricks to mea­sure blood su­gar.

“Jamie is my role model,” said An­drew.

“I look up to him be­cause, from an early age and with­out a fuss, he’s been able to do all the things he does with the help of the team here at the hos­pi­tal.

“The Lancelots is some­where Jamie can meet chil­dren like him­self.

“It’s also great for help­ing par­ents, too, and we do fundrais­ing to give sup­port where it’s needed.”

Jamie is a pupil at St Cuth­bert’s Pri­mary School, Hal­sall, and, when the keen Liver­pool FC fan isn’t play­ing foot­ball, he dreams of de­sign­ing com­puter apps when he grows up.

His doc­tor at Orm­skirk hos­pi­tal, Dr May Ng, con­sul­tant pae­di­atric en­docri­nol­o­gist, said: “The Lancelots di­a­betes sup­port group and the sup­port of par­ents like An­drew and his wife, Holly, have been key to the suc­cess of this unit. With­out their sup­port, the bril­liant pro­fes­sion­als and the team that I work with wouldn’t be able to make the steady and con­tin­ued im­prove­ments to the care of our pa­tients.

“Di­a­betes care has changed enor­mously in my 18 years as a doc­tor.

“With our staff’s ex­per­tise and the en­thu­si­asm of the Lancelots, I know we’re ready to em­brace emerg­ing treat­ments and tech­nol­ogy that will ben­e­fit lo­cal chil­dren in the years ahead.”

Dr May Ng, from Orm­skirk Hos­pi­tal, with Jamie, An­drew and Holly Cran­ham

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