More than 600 referrals in six months

Diabetes injection kit

Frontline staff have referred 617 patients to the new diabetic pathway since it launched – making a huge difference in the way patients manage their condition.

The Trust has received really positive feedback and multiple case studies of patients who have been referred to clinical diabetes educators as a result of your SPOC referrals and have gone on to control their diabetes much more successfully.

In one instance a patient who was having up to 20 hypoglycaemic episodes a month has been given more support in managing her insulin pump therapy, and has not made any 999 calls since her referral.

Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “I am really pleased that this pathway is making such a difference; well done to every member of staff who has used it to improve the care we give to diabetic patients.”

The pathway has been funded by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN) and aims to reduce 999 calls in the future.

The pathway isn’t available in every area but if you make a referral and the patient doesn’t fall into the catchment area for the education programme, they will be referred to their GP.

The areas that the education pathway and leaflet are available are:

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, East and North Hertfordshire CCG, Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG, Ipswich and East Suffolk, North East Essex CCG, North Norfolk CCG, Norwich CCG, South Norfolk CCG, West Norfolk CCG, West Suffolk CCG.

Remember if you go to a diabetic hypo please ring SPOC and refer your patient.

 Number of hypo referrals made we 8th June


In west Suffolk a new community diabetes service has been launched following a successful pilot, which will see specialist diabetes nurses working alongside practice nurses in GP practices to deliver support for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Published 18th June 2015 

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