People living with diabetes are likely to have been particularly worried over the past few months about infection and the news that diabetes increases the risk of death due to COVID-19.
Sadly, some will have been directly affected, suffering from isolation, loneliness, serious illness or personal loss. Many will have had appointments cancelled or postponed and some will have encountered difficulties accessing clinical services, leaving them feeling uncertain and unsupported.
It is essential that we aim to re-establish diabetes services as soon as is practically possible, but that we do so in such a way that keeps everyone as safe as possible, taking account of the need to maintain social distancing and minimise the risk of infection transmission. Clinical services have rapidly transitioned to provide virtual clinics using telephone or video consultations, providing vital access to clinical support.
Dr Clare Hambling, from the The Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS) will join Dr Jessica Randall-Carrick for this interactive webinar to explore how ‘Remote Diabetes Reviews’ offer opportunities to deliver essential care in this context. We will consider the key tools and information which can be used to identify patients for whom a remote Diabetes review is appropriate, explore how to conduct a remote review safely and effectively as well as signpost to useful resources available to healthcare professionals working in this area.
Anyone with an interest in Diabetes Care
Clare Hambling, Chair GP, West Norfolk
Clare Hambling is a GP with a passionate interest in diabetes. She is Chair of the West Norfolk Diabetes Network and a member of the programme board for the East Anglia Diabetes Retinal Screening Service. She is an active contributor to the Eastern Academic Health Science Network’s Diabetes Projects Group, providing a primary care perspective on the development of an integrated “hypo pathway” for the whole of the East of England.
Jessica Randall – Carrick, GP, Thistlemoor Medical Centre, STP & CCG Joint Clinical Lead – Diabetes & Obesity, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough