Diabetes services in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are among the best in the country in helping patients to manage their condition.
Latest data from NHS England ranks NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) the best in the country in supporting adult diabetic to control their blood glucose levels, with NHS West Lancashire CCG ranked sixth out of 211 CCGs in 2013/14.
In West Lancashire almost 6000 people live with diabetes. In Southport and Formby there are 6500. In West Lancashire a further 2,500 people have had a blood test which indicates they are at high risk of developing the chronic disease, with a similar number of patients across Southport and Formby.
Both West Lancashire and Southport and Formby CCGs commission diabetes services with a real focus on prevention as well as educating people on how to successfully manage diabetes in order to reduce the risk of complications in the future.
Testing blood glucose levels is one aspect of controlling diabetes. While Type 1 diabetics are encouraged to test their levels regularly, many Type 2 diabetics are testing more often than they need to which is proving costly and directing funding away from other areas of patient care as well as causing unnecessary discomfort to the patient.
Dr Bapi Biswas, local GP and NHS West Lancashire CCG’s lead for diabetes, said: “It is fantastic news that the people of West Lancashire are controlling their glucose levels. By controlling glucose levels, diabetics can help to successfully control their condition and go about their day-to-day business.
There are several key measures that are important in monitoring diabetes – blood pressure cholesterol and blood glucose levels. The latest National Diabetes Audit (2012/13) shows Southport and Formby to be in the top 25% of CCGs in the country for achieving targets against these measures.
Doug Callow local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s lead for diabetes added: “Improving care for people with diabetes is a priority for us and we’re pleased that all our work in this area is contributing to better support for our patients in Southport and Formby in managing their condition.
“We also work with our partners from public health to ensure that patients at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes have access to lifestyle advice and support through the Healthy Sefton service to help them stay healthy and well and diabetes free.”
Both CCGs commission diabetes services from Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust and part of this includes supporting people to successfully manage diabetes in the community in order to reduce the risk of complications in the future.
Bapi added: “A lot of the work we do at the CCG focuses on giving people the information and access to services they need in order to live with their diabetes. Type 2 diabetics don’t need to test as regularly as Type 1 diabetics so talk to your GP or come to one of the local diabetes services to find out how you can manage your condition.”
A number of diabetes services are available across West Lancashire, including Walking Away from Diabetes which is aimed at people who have been identified as being at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The course helps people to understand their risk and the changes they could make to significantly reduce the chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes. There are similar services in Southport and Formby, which focus on lifestyle diet and exercise available via lifestyle services referral.
NHS West Lancashire CCG’s Diabetes Patient Network gives service users the opportunity to have their say on how diabetes services should be delivered locally and to provide support to each other.
Doug said: “We would urge anyone with questions about their health and diabetes to speak to their GP practice, who will be happy to help.”
To find out more about these diabetes services in West Lancashire, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 100 or visit www.healthysefton.nhs.uk for information about the range of free services to help Sefton residents live healthier lives.