A coalition of organisations has published guidance intended to help prevent diabetes-related admissions in the health service.
Their report argues that thousands of diabetes patients are not receiving the support they need from primary care to manage their condition or do not have sufficient access to specialist diabetes teams in hospital.
It calls on commissioners to ensure there are adequate numbers of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses and foot specialist teams, and that those frequently readmitted with diabetes specific emergencies are being supported.
The guidance – Admissions avoidance and diabetes: guidance for clinical commissioning groups and clinical teams – is published by the Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care.
The coalition of organisations includes the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse UK Group and the charity Diabetes UK.
Diabetes UK chief executive Barbara Young said: “The fact that people with diabetes are spending so much time in hospital is bad news for them because it means they are having serious health problems and it is bad news for the NHS because looking after people in hospital is extremely expensive.
“The solution is to be found in giving people the structured education and care planning support they need to be able to manage their condition and, when hospital admission is needed, ensuring hospitals have the specialist teams that can help people get better more quickly.”
She added: “This report is a clarion call to improve the care standards people with diabetes get, right from the moment they are diagnosed with the condition.”
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