"Meeting Diabetes Standards"
About: Caithness General Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics Caithness General Hospital Trauma & orthopaedics KW1 5NS Dunbar Hospital / General Medicine Dunbar Hospital General Medicine KW14 7XE
Posted by gangrene (as ),
I have been a type 1 diabetic for 25 years. There are national standards in place for annual assessment of various diabetic complications, including pedal neuropathy. I have not seen a podiatrist for over 2 years now, which was the last time I had my feet professionally checked. I believe the local GP surgery have some kind of care-sharing arrangement but it seems to me that they don't bother sharing the care.
As a qualified senior nurse, I have worked in many areas of the NHS nationally, but have never experienced such an apparent sad lack of care as that I have found in NHS Highland. Fortunately, I am able to manage my own diabetes, but I am very anxious about patients who are not.