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Issue:- 12 December 2014

Children's diabetes team among England's best

Picture shows members of the children’s diabetes team at Ormskirk hospital (left to right at back) Dr Jamal Farooqi, Staff Grade Paediatrician in Paediatric Diabetes; Lynne Finnigan, Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist; Ayesha Mehr, Paediatric Diabetes Dietitian; Zena Haslam, Paediatric Research Nurse; and, Linda Connellan (Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist). Second row: Moira Morrison, Paediatric Research Nurse; Judy Kirkham, Paediatric Diabetes Administrator; Dr May Ng, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist; Dr Astha Soni, Paediatric Diabetes Registrar; and Michelle Dodd Paediatric Diabetes Ward Link Nurse

CHILDREN'S diabetes services in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are among the best in the country, say experts. The service, which is provided by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, achieved nearly maximum marks in the national peer review assessment of trusts and services diagnosing and providing diabetes treatment to children and young people.  The 2014 National Paediatric Diabetes Peer Review Assessment team praised the "well led, cohesive team who have good working relationships with each other and are striving to deliver a patient-focussed service."

Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist Dr May Ng's team of nurses, dietitians and support staff provides the children's diabetes service from Ormskirk and District General Hospital.  Dr Ng said:- "This is a wonderful honour and a fantastic tribute to the team who have worked hard to make sure this is the service they would want for their families."

Dr Bapi Biswas, a local GP and board member of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); the health body that commissions the service; said:- "This is fantastic news and something to be extremely proud of. We are always working towards ensuring local residents have access to services that are of the highest quality."

The team treats children up to the age of 18 and has 120 patients with around 10 new cases diagnosed each year. The assessment team was particularly impressed that insulin pump therapy was offered to more patients in line with national guidelines and was actively promoted, even when children were inpatients. The service has more than 60 patients on insulin pumps and has a Facebook page.  They also noted a well established local support group, the Lancelots, which has championed change in standards of diabetes care delivered at the hospital.

Public welcome at Trust board meeting

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Wednesday, 17 December 2014, at 9am. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom, Corporate Office, Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Town Lane, Kew, Southport, PR8 6PN. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on:- 01704 704783. The agenda will be available on the Trust website in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be made available on the day.

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