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Diabetes service claims double victory at awards
3:00pm Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Headlines
THE West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service, run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, has won two gongs at this year’s Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes awards.
The service won Best Primary and Community Initiative, as well as a newly created Best IT-led Initiative award after increasing the number of patients who are able to manage their own diabetes, making them more independent and less reliant on specialist health services.
The service was created to address the growing numbers of people with diabetes across west Hampshire.
By supporting and educating patients and health staff, the service is able to provide earlier diagnosis and preventative care, encouraging care management back into the community.
A newly developed computer database allows health workers to access patient information securely from any location, enabling them to work efficiently in a paper-free environment.
QiC Diabetes judges were so impressed with the idea that they decided to create a brand new category for Best IT-led Initiative.
They said: “This initiative really stood out as an integrated care model, with impressive patient involvement, good branding, and a hugely successful roll-out with immediate results that are saving money and delivering a better service to a greater number of patients.”
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