Patients will not suffer

THE FRASER Coast Health Service has a full-time diabetes nurse educator service available for local patients and this will continue, Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Health Service District Northern Cluster Manager Beth Norton says.

“That service provides education for newly diagnosed GP-referred diabetic patients.

“The nurse educator also facilitates group consultations for gestational diabetic patients and community education for newly diagnosed diabetics.

“This includes visits to schools, pharmacies, nursing homes and residential facilities.

“This clinical nurse educator works in collaboration with a doctor and can help patients set goals that make it easier to adopt new habits and reduce the risks of diabetes complications.

“We also have four full-time general physicians and a visiting medical officer who have the ability to treat diabetic patients and, in addition to this, the district is in the process of employing a clinical director of internal medicine who ideally will have a specialist interest in diabetes.

“The district will also continue its association with larger specialist tertiary hospitals in Brisbane, whereby visiting specialists are also to treat local patients.

The health service is also investigating other options available to further assist diabetes patients, including the use of tele-health that links local services to a tertiary facility. This has been successfully used in the past and is currently in use in many regional services.”

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