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The closure of the children's ward, from 9 February 2018, means that the medical staff will be moving to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. Therefore, if you would normally telephone Paisley switchboard for urgent medical advice, you should now telephone RHC switchboard on 0141 201 0000.

This DOES NOT mean any change to routine telephone contact with the Diabetes Service as the current numbers route calls to the team in working hours.

Many of you will have read that the Freestyle Libre is 'on tariff'. This means that it is possible for it to be prescribed in the NHS. However, this is not the same as 'everyone will get a Libre'. The Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board has barred GPs from prescribing and Consultants from recommending Libre until it reaches a decision on provision. It is likely that there will be a 'contract' with recipients about teaching, use of the device and benefits but the details are still being discussed. It is unknown how long a decision will take.

Be aware that, as a result of the plans for a 'sugar-tax', many products are being produced with less sugar. While this is a good thing, there are big implications for the treatment of hypoglycaemia.

Details here

Please help us to reduce non-attendance rates. Our clinics are struggling to cope with the DNA (Did Not Attend) rate which continues to run at around 20%. The problem is re-appointing for missed attendances as well as wasting clinical time.
It is estimated that the cost of a missed slot in an outpatient clinic is approximately £400 but the missed opportunity is worse as staff are hanging about waiting. We are aware that the hospital appointments system is frequently to blame but there is also a tendency not to inform us if you know that you cannot attend. PLEASE call as soon as you are aware that you will be unable to come and we can offer the slot to someone else. It's your service - help us to make it efficient.

We believe that our new targets are helping and the latest national figures show continuing improvement in GGC patients' glycaemic control. Of course it could always be better and Scotland still lags behind many countries, including England.

You can learn more about the new targets here.

Graphs showing all the latest results (updated quarterly) are displayed in the clinic waiting room.

Outpatient and Teaching Services remain at Yorkhill while inpatient services are managed by the same team but in the New Children's Hospital. The team delivers clinics in Glasgow, Paisley, Greenock, Oban and Stornoway.

In winter, activity levels fall and blood glucose levels usually rise. Watch out for this - look for patterns in your record book - and increase your insulin as necessary. Buck the trend and don't accept a higher HbA1c in the winter.

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