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Revolutionary diabetes device earns praise from NI doctors

By Victoria O'Hara

Published 14/11/2015

A new device hoped to revolutionise the lives of people with diabetes is being praised by doctors in Northern Ireland for delivering
A new device hoped to revolutionise the lives of people with diabetes is being praised by doctors in Northern Ireland for delivering "excellent results"

A new device hoped to revolutionise the lives of people with diabetes is being praised by doctors in Northern Ireland for delivering "excellent results".

There are currently more than 400 patients across the South Eastern Health Trust area using the a new d-Nav insulin guidance service after successful pilot funding was put in place for up to 700 patients to use the device.

The service has been running for three years in the South Eastern Trust led by hospital physician Dr Roy Harper and has now been expanded and opened up to direct referral from GPs. Dr Kieran Walshe, a GP based in Dundrum with more than 30 years' experience in helping patients manage insulin, has more than 20 patients using the device already.

It is around the size of a mobile phone and allows users to easily regulate their own insulin.

Diabetes care in Northern Ireland costs the local economy around £400m per year.

Complications are mainly attributed to uncontrolled glucose levels that can be controlled through insulin if the dosage is adjusted. "Those with poor control in my practice have all achieved much better control using this service," Dr Walshe said.

Dr Stuart Gilmore, who is based in Glenavy, said the patients he has referred have been pleased with the results.

"We heard about the system through the South Eastern Trust promotion of the new service. We arranged a meeting with them and very quickly moved into referring our diabetes patients."

And he added: "We now have eight patients on the new insulin management service and the response from them has been hugely positive."

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