Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news London Medical T2 care plan

NEWS

In early October London Medical, an

established private clinic based in the capital,

launched a Tye 2 care plan in direct response

to its patients needs.

Dr Ralph Abraham, Clinical Director

at London Medical comments, "We have

a strong heritage in diabetes care at

London Medical, having pioneered and

delivered personalised expert care here

for over 20 years. Our clinical expertise

is outstanding in the field and we're

delighted to have developed this new

model to enable even more patients to

benefit from education, support and

the most advanced treatments and

technology available."

The new Care Plan was lauched by

MP Keith Vaz, who has Type 2 diabetes

himself and who described his diagnosis

14 years ago as a 'wake up call'. He has

since founded a diabetes charity, Silver

Star Diabetes, in 2007 to fund Mobile

Diabetes Units to go into communities

and raise awareness of the condition.

He is extremely supportive of London

Medical's new Care Plan which addresss

concerns of current patients at the clinic.

According to a survey of its patients, it was

revealed that almost half (48%) of patients

feel that there is a stigma associated with

diabetes in the wider community. When

asked to name the biggest challenge in

managing their diabetes, many patients

focused on issues such as weight

management, choosing the "right" foods,

controlling sugar intake and avoiding

hidden sugars in foods. According to

the findings of a survey commissioned

by London Medical, 83% of Type 2

diabetes patients want to see contact

with a health care professional increased

to more than once a year to help manage

their condition, and a third (33%) of

those questioned are willing to pay for an

improved level of care.

These findings inspired the launch of

the new personalised, comprehensive

LONDON MEDICAL T2 LAUNCH

Diabetes Care Plan set to revolutionise

the standard of care available to diabetes

patients. The new programme provides

affordable and accessible care packages

as an alternative to what is currently

availalbe on the NHS .

The survey also explored issues

around the information and education

available to Type 2 diabetes patients

and found that 90% of patients felt that

it is important to keep up to date with

the latest information on diabetes care.

However, almost one in five (18%) of Type

2 diabetes patients rated the quality of

information available currently as 'average'

or 'poor'. Diet was a hot topic for patients,

with 59% of those surveyed saying they

wanted better information in this area.

This includes updates on new technology

in diabetes care, such as improvements

in blood glucose monitors (50%), as well

as simple, clear medical information and

advice on self-management and care.

Patients also wanted more advice and

reassurance, especially on the effects

on blood glucose levels from active

participation in sports and activities, and

dealing with difficulties while travelling

across time zones.

The Diabetes Care Plan will be

available at London Diabetes, a

specialised diabetes centre based within

the London Medical clinic, which has, over

the last 20 years, established a reputation

for delivering patient care for people with

diabetes. The continuous care scheme

gives consistent support to patients

in managing their diabetes, as well as

access to the latest in education and

technological developments in diabetes

and obesity management. Appointments

with a specialist consultant are available

Monday to Friday and at short notice

where required and where possible.

www.londonmedical.co.uk.

Dr Ralph Abraham, left, and

MP for Leicester East Keith

Vaz at the launch.

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