"Disappearing Diabetic Care"

About: St Richard's Hospital

The care of type 1 diabetics has been under monetary pressures for a long time, but recently it has become abundantly clear that Type 1s are not being given the attention their Chronic Illness deserves. The boxes might be ticked but the actual individual care is becoming less available each year and having had to use the service over more than 30 years I have a very wide view of this retraction of care. One example is the complete lack of psychological help. It is known that people with Chronic illnesses can and often do require this type of support. However this is now nigh on impossible to access unless you are suicidal. The cost to the NHS both locally and nationally will be huge if the lack of care continues as more and more Type 1 diabetics become less well and need more and more NHS care of the serious side effects.

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Response from St Richard's Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to leave this posting. Feedback such as yours is very powerful, it is important that the voice of the patient is heard by those providing the service. Your comments about the lack of psychological diabetes provision have been shared with the nurse consultant for diabetes and the diabetologist. If you would like to discuss your concerns further we would be very pleased to hear from you. As we do not have your contact details we would be grateful if you would contact us directly. You can do this by visiting our website www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/contacts/pals/, or calling our PALS department on 01243 831822 or emailing palschichester@wsht.nhs.uk.

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