Diabetes UK Cymru reports on failings in diabetes care
Further to our earlier blog post about the poor state of diabetes care in the UK, the Welsh Diabetes UK charity has now reported on the drastic increase in diabetes sufferers in Wales and the lack of NHS resources to meet patient needs.
In the BBC’s article yesterday, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-20403570, Diabetes UK Cymru reports that 70% of adults with Type I diabetes and 43% of those with Type II diabetes do not receive the necessary tests to monitor their condition, such as regular blood glucose monitoring. The report suggests that these failings are a “ticking time bomb” which could lead to patients developing serious health complications.
The report (titled ‘State of the Nation 2012’) also highlights that almost one third of inpatients experience at least one medication error whilst in hospital. This can have very serious consequences.
The Cwm Taf health board (in south Wales) has put a new scheme in place to try and prevent medication errors, including pre-printed medication charts to ensure no dosages are missed, and colour-coding blood sugar charts which, when they go into the red, alert staff to ensure the patient is treated urgently. The Royal Glamorgan Hospital has seen a decrease in medication errors from 50% to just 6%, proving that these simple measures are effective. Other health boards are currently considering whether to adopt the same approach.
The State of the Nation report also highlights concerns in relation to poor fluid intake and patients not eating properly. There have been particular failings within the Hywel Dda local health board hospitals – despite them having recruited additional specialist diabetes nurses. This board includes Bronglais General Hospital, Prince Philip Hospital, Glangwili General Hospital, Withybush General Hospital and various community hospitals and health centres across Wales.
If you require any information relating to diabetes care received please contact the medical negligence team.
Author: Katie Nairne