_____ east surrey hospital diabetes team commended for work with children _ surrey mirror

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A DIABETES team have been commended for their work.

The children’s team at East Surrey Hospital have been given a Quality in Care Award.

Judges praised their work at the Earlswood hospital, which they said embraced technology to help promote self-care.

The team of doctors, nurses, dietitians and psychologists, led by consultant paediatrician Dr Neemisha Jain, work with children and their parents to show how technology can help independent

diabetic living.

Every year, they support 250 children and young people with the condition at the hospital, which is run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Central to the care they provide is technology, such as insulin pumps, electronic glucose pumps, and software programmes to view results.

These devices gives anyone with diabetes more control, allowing them to better look after themselves.

Dr Jain said: “We have made the best use of a variety of types of different technology to engage our patients and give them the confidence in controlling their diabetes.”

Children’s diabetes clinics are held at East Surrey, Crawley and Horsham hospitals. A central database and new technology means up-to-date information, such as recent blood sugar test results, can be downloaded by any of the diabetes team during an appointment.

The trust’s chief executive, Michael Wilson, said: “I know the team have worked very hard to make sure their patients get the benefit from all that technology offers. Their work helps our younger patients to take control of their condition and live their life to the full.”