New diabetes care system in South Tyneside has benefitted 1,000 patients

A transformation in diabetes care in South Tyneside has benefited over 1,000 patients.
A transformation in diabetes care in South Tyneside has benefited over 1,000 patients.
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A transformation in diabetes care in South Tyneside has already benefitted more than 1,000 patients.

Three new one-stop shop-style clinics, which bring together nine separate annual health checks under one roof, have received a thumbs-up from patients since opening in April.

This was a major step forward, making the service simpler and freeing up GPs to spend more time with patients, planning their care together rather than carrying out tests themselves.

Dr Jon Tose, clinical director at NHS South Tyneside CCG

The new facilities are funded by NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and operated by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.

They were designed to offer a more personal service, with nine tests carried out together instead of several appointments at different times of year.

Dr Jon Tose, clinical director at NHS South Tyneside CCG, said: “This was a major step forward, making the service simpler and freeing up GPs to spend more time with patients, planning their care together rather than carrying out tests themselves.

“We’re delighted that the feedback from patients has been so positive.”

The service monitors patients’ condition in clinics based at Flagg Court, off Ocean Road, Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, and Glen Primary Care Centre in Hebburn.

Hilda Rutherford, 81, of South Shields, has been diabetic for over 35 years, and visits the new clinic with her daughter Wendy McConville, who is also diabetic. Hilda said: “It’s much easier to have all the tests in one place, so it’s all done and dusted in one appointment, which saves time and travel. The new service meant that a problem needing an eye test was spotted earlier, so I was able to get an appointment to follow it up more quickly.”