Imporved diabetes care for Bury and Rochdale residents

Diabetes service image mainA brand new diabetes service has been launched which will improve the care that people living in the boroughs of Bury or Rochdale receive and ensure they can enjoy the best quality of life possible.

The Bury and Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) Diabetes Service launched in September.  It has been commissioned by NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS HMR Clinical Commissioning Group and is jointly run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The new service has seen hospital and community-based diabetes health professionals from the two boroughs join together to form one integrated community diabetes service.  A similar integrated service has been successfully running in Oldham since early 2013.

Adults who have diabetes and are registered with a GP in Bury or in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale will now see the majority of their diabetes care delivered within their local community, at a health centre, clinic or GP practice.

Depending on their needs and the complexity of their condition, they could be cared for by the service directly, or even by their GP or practice nurse.  Only people needing the most complex and specialist services will now receive their care at Fairfield General Hospital or Rochdale Infirmary.

The service will also deliver nationally accredited training and education for both service users and healthcare professionals to support effective management of their condition and reduce the risks of complications developing.

Benefits for service users include a better experience overall, better quality and improved coordination of care, a reduced risk of hospital admissions, care closer to home for many people and faster access to specialist care.  Meanwhile, the NHS will benefit from improved partnership working and cost effectiveness.

Service Manager Linda Adams said: “Following the success of the Oldham service, I’m pleased that people in the Bury and Rochdale boroughs can begin to reap the same benefits. 

“Community and hospital based staff have combined their unique skills and experience to offer people a seamless service.  We will be building on this by working in close partnership with our colleagues in primary care to ensure that people with diabetes stay healthy, avoid hospital and enjoy a good quality of life.”

Dr Sonal Sharma, HMR CCG’s clinical lead for diabetes, said: “It’s exciting that people with diabetes are now able to access streamlined, specialist services and the expert support necessary to help them manage their condition more effectively themselves, putting them in control of their own healthy future.”

Fin McCaul, NHS Bury CCG’s Clinical Lead for long term conditions, added: “This is really good news for patients living with diabetes, by teams working together in one single service, we can offer more joined-up care and support, whilst helping patients to better manage their condition on a day to day basis.  Care will be provided closer to home rather than having to take a trip to hospital wherever possible.  This is an excellent example of patient-centred services and how, by working together, we can bring about real benefits for local people.”

Anyone affected by the changes will receive a letter explaining where they should attend their next appointment.

Looking ahead, the service will spearhead an ongoing programme of work to highlight the symptoms of diabetes to ensure people seek the care they need quickly.