Diabetes Mind Map (Side Two)

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  • Diabetes
    • HSC Staff involved in Care
      • GP
        • A GPs role in a patients diabetes care may vary but a GP is usually pay a service users first contact for any health concerns. Generally, they will help coordinate a service users care and will submit a professional referral which will refer the service users to specialists in that field.
      • DRN (Diabetes Specialist Nurse)
        • This is a nurse with a specialist knowledge of diabetes, they will give service users support and advice between appointments such as blood sugar checks and adjusting medication. They can also usually help run patient diabetes group education courses like DESMOND, A patient may not need to see a DRN it depends on their treatment and personal situation.
      • Practice Nurse
        • A nurse from a service users GP surgery may support their diabetes care, depending on their specialist knowledge.
      • Diabetes Specialist
        • This doctors is a diabetes specialist, they are usually based at a hospital or diabetes clinic, although some areas have community diabetologists based at their GP surgery.
      • Registered Dietitian
        • This is an expert in food and nutrition who can speak to the service user (They will speak to both Type 1 and Type 2 patients) about the right diet for the service user. When a service user is first diagnosed with diabetes they should always visit a dietician and have regular reviews with them.
      • Registered Podiatrist
        • One of the many symptoms of diabetes is having cuts and sores that do not heal properly, this can lead to issues with the feet that can lead to severe infections or worse.   Podiatrists are experts in feet and legs, a patient will probably have a yearly foot check to ensure there are no serious issues that can lead to problems for the service user, if there is something that needs extra care that cannot be solved at the GP clinic or by a nurse, a podiatrist will be needed.
      • Optometrist or Opthamologist
        • This is a doctor who is an expert with eyes, they will oversee the treatment of patients and will diagnose types of retinopathy, a patient may not be seen by an ophthalmologist but they look at photos of a service users eyes when patients go for their diabetic yearly eye screening to check for any underlying issues. They can also help treat blurry vision which is one of the numerous issues associated with diabetes.
      • Pharmacist
        • A qualified pharmacist at a service users pharmacy will help a service user by monitoring their medicines and ensuring they have their prescriptions and they can also advise patients on any treatments they may need to help any symptoms they may be experiencing.
      • Psychologist
        • Living with diabetes can be difficult and can take a serious toll on the service user and their family, if a patient is struggling with the emotional effects of diabetes a GP can refer you to a psychologist to talk to which will provide support and mental health help to make their treatment easier.
    • Adjustments required
      • Flexibility for working hours in order for them to have time to eat food and test
      • Providing a private place for the individual to inject the insulin
      • Modified equipment e.g for visually impaired people


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