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Diabetes Intermediate Care Service

Diabetes 300Sitting neatly between the GP surgeries and Acute Hospitals the Diabetes Intermediate Care Service provides support and education to people who care for, or those with, type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

   

Who we are

 

The service is run by a Service Manager, Nurse Consultant, Diabetes Specialist Nurses and Diabetes Dietitans.

 

What we do

 

We offer specialist advice and support for those with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We provide education sessions for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, nurses, carers and relatives. Another integral part of our role is raising the awareness of diabetes in the community.

 

How we work

 

To help you we can:

  • carry out a detailed assessment and offer treatment / management options based on your individual needs
  • offer you an individual care plan and promote self care whether possible
  • provide education/training to individuals, groups, carers and nursing staff in the form of Conversation Maps, DESMOND, DAFNE and more
  • provide you with appropriate literature to increase your confidence at self-managing your diabetes, for example managing hypoglycaemia, healthy eating with d iabetes and diabetes and driving
  • provide you with access to one of our Specialist Diabetes Dietitians      

How you can you access these services

 

All services are accessed via your GP through the Choose and Book service, however if you are housebound and have difficulties coming to clinic then your GP can refer direct to us and we will organise a home visit for you.

 

Waiting time

 

We aim to provide you with a clinic appointment within 4 weeks.

 

We aim to provide you with an education session appointment within 14 weeks but hope that we can often see you more quickly.

 

Where you can access these services

 

We have clinics all across the county that you can access at different times including:

 

  • Bridgwater
  • Burnham-on-Sea
  • Chard
  • Crewkerne
  • Frome
  • Glastonbury
  • Minehead
  • Shepton Mallet
  • South Petherton
  • Taunton
  • Wellington
  • Wells
  • Wincanton
  • Yeovil  

Contacts

 

To contact the service please telephone the team secretary on 01823 346191

 

Written referrals from GPs or Practice Nurses should be made via Choose and Book or sent to:

 

Referral Management Centre

Ground Floor

Mallard Court Express Park

Bristol Road

Bridgwater

TA6 4RN

 

Tel: 01278 727442

Fax: 01278 727431

 

 

Additonal information

 

For more information on diabetes please visit Diabetes UK at www.diabetes.org.uk