"Invaluable service"

About: Cavendish Hospital

(as the patient),

I briefly left the care of DCHS whilst under the care of the Maternity team at SHH. We worked particularly hard to try and gain some control of my blood glucose during this time.

I was then transferred back to the care of DCHS, After much difficulty gaining control of my blood sugars Michelle (my Diabetes Specialist Nurse) introduced me to 'Florence'. I have found this to be an invaluable service I was struggling with remebering to test at certain times of the day. I now get a text message from 'Flo' every morning to remind me to check my blood glucose levels before I drive to work as I do not eat breakfast, and every evening to check my blood glucose levels before bed, correcting if necessary. In doing this I have managed to self titrate the doses of my basal insulin and with close supervision of my Diabetes Specialist Nurse we have been able to accurately titrate the carb/insulin ratio of my bolus insulin. This has resulted in much better overall glycaemic control and much more efficient use of my time with Michelle.

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Response from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

Dear SJO
Thank you for your feedback.
We have been delighted to see how a telehealth system is helping people to manage their diabetes and I am really pleased that its helping you. I know with busy working lives anything that reduces hospital appointments when you have a long term condition is also helpful.
We will share your feedback.

Michelle Denyer.
Lead Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse.