Two pioneering children’s diabetes specialist nurses in Rochdale were the first in the world to use an innovative new insulin pump to help young people manage their condition.
The Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust nurses worked with Roche Diabetes Care to test its new Accu-Chek Insight insulin pumps with two 17-year-old patients with type 1 diabetes.
The pump includes an innovative touch screen remote control handset and newly developed prefilled insulin cartridges, which aim to make administering insulin easier for the users.
“We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to be the first paediatric team in the world to launch the new pump”
The nurses received support from Roche to trial the new system in an “early access programme”, which allowed them to offer insulin pump therapy four months before the device was released nationally this February.
As a result, the two patients became the first to use the new pumps outside of medical trials. They said the new pump and its pre-filled insulin cartridges made them feel more confident about managing her condition.
Mena Gilbert, lead paediatric diabetes clinical nurse specialist, and her colleague Joanne Titchen have now rolled out the new pump to other children in their service.
The trust’s paediatric diabetes team supports around 80 children and young people with diabetes in the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale area.
Ms Gilbert said: “We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to be the first paediatric team in the world to launch the new pump which will help the children and young people and their families to manage their diabetes and insulin administration more easily.”
“There has been really positive feedback from both [patients],” she said. “They have both stated that they will now feel more confident about managing their diabetes when at university.”