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Services for Children Living with Diabetes praised by Sherwood Forest Hospitals Patients

Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2018 9:43 AM

Young people with diabetes and their families have praised the care they receive from Sherwood Forest Hospitals in new independent data released today.

Ninety eight percent of young people and 98% of parents/carers agreed that they would recommend the clinic to a friend or other family with a child who has diabetes, when asked about their care as part of the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA) between August and October 2018. 

When asked if they have a positive relationship with the diabetes team, 100% of parents and 96% of young people said yes, while the same percentages also felt that the team involves them in decisions about their care.

The service also received overwhelmingly positive feedback in a number of other areas, including:  

  • 100% of parents felt that they were able to see the same doctor on most visits, that the clinic waiting area is age appropriate, that the team understands their individual needs and that they are communicated with an a way that they can understand.
  • Young people also agreed they were mostly able to see the same doctor (96%), that the waiting areas were age-appropriate (81%), that the team understands their needs (96%) and that they are communicated with in a way that they understand (94%).

Helena Clements, Clinical Chair for Women’s and Children’s division at Sherwood Forest Hospitals said;

“These are a really pleasing set of results that reflect that we are putting our patients and their carers at the heart of our paediatric diabetes care, building strong relationships with them in the process. It is vital that we get young people off to a good start when they develop diabetes so that they have the very best chance of having well controlled diabetes in adulthood.”

NPDA spoke to 43 parents / carers and 48 young people who use the Sherwood Forest Hospitals paediatric diabetes service (6 August to 29 October 2018).