GP ‘delighted’ device will revolutionise care for diabetes

GP ‘delighted’ device will revolutionise care for diabetes

18 November 2015

A REVOLUTIONARY new insulin guidance service for patients suffering from diabetes has been described as a “game changer” by a local GP.

Dundrum doctor, Kieran Walshe, is one of a number of GPs across the South Eastern Trust area reporting what have been described as “fantastic outcomes for patients” using the new d-Nav service which constantly checks blood sugar levels.

The device, which does not infuse insulin, helps people map out their insulin treatment, charting glucose readings and suggesting what doses they might need. There are currently over 400 patients across the Trust area using the d-Nav, with funding recently put in place for up to 700 patients in total to use the device.

The service has been running for three years in the Trust area led by Ulster hospital physician Dr Roy Harper. After seeing excellent results, the service has now been expanded and opened up to direct referral from GPs. 

Already, a number of local doctors have referred their patients to help them take control of their insulin and gain better blood sugar control, thereby reducing the risk of serious complications from their diabetes.  Patients aged between 20 and 75 with type two diabetes, who use insulin and find it difficult to change their doses or find that control is not good, can benefit from d-Nav. 

Dr Walshe, who has more than 30 years’ experience in helping patients manage insulin, has over 20 patients using the d-Nav already and is very impressed with the service which he describes as a “game changer” for people with type two diabetes. He said it should be available to all eligible patients across Northern Ireland as soon as possible.

“The d-Nav provides exceptional feedback to patients with type two diabetes, a group who often struggle to alter their insulin dosage. Those with poor control in my practise have all achieved much better control using this service. 

“The insulin dosage is increased often to a substantial degree, which initially gave me some concerns regarding weight gain and increased hypoglycaemia,” he explained.

“However, given the d-Nav philosophy regarding insulin adjustment, of ‘increase slowly but decrease quickly,’it immediately became apparent that with clinical supervision, these problems can be anticipated and quickly overcome.”

Dr Walshe added: “A recent nationwide study of type two diabetes revealed 35 per cent of patients with this condition do not attain satisfactory blood glucose levels. Patients who have failed for years, despite optimal medical and nursing support, have achieved incredible improvements in their diabetes control using d-Nav, which should lead to a reduction in diabetes related complications, a major consequence of poorly controlled diabetes. 

“This is a significant advance in a difficult patient group. I’m delighted to see this service is available in the South Eastern Trust area and look forward to seeing it become available across Northern Ireland. The d-Nav can be a real game changer for people with diabetes and should be widely available.”

Patients can access the d-Nav Service via referral from their GP.  For more information contact d-Nav Facilitator, Judy Mahon on (028) 9048 1762 or 07477 680098.