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Trust launches diabetes pathway with London Ambulance service

Diabetes services in Richmond

Friday 11 September 2015 

The trust’s Richmond diabetes service is launching an innovative new partnership with London Ambulance Service to improve care for local people with diabetes who have a hypoglycaemic episode.  

On Monday 14 September, the Richmond diabetes team will launch a new Hypoglycaemia Alert Pathway with the ambulance service - where anyone calling 999 for hypoglycaemia will be assessed and treated by London Ambulance Service before either being transferred to hospital if necessary - or referred to the trust’s diabetes specialist nurse team for treatment and advice to prevent further events.  

Unstable patients will be assessed by specialist teams - either in clinic or in patients own homes - and the patient's registered GP will then be notified of the referral and the outcome. 

About hypoglycaemia 

Hypoglycemia occurs when blood glucose fall below normal levels. Symptoms can include sweating, fatigue, weakness and feeling dizzy.  Hypoglycemic episodes can range from mild to severe. Although mild hypoglycemia is generally able to be treated by the individual, severe hypoglycemia will need aid from a family member, doctor or from emergency services. 

Find out more  

For further information about the diabetes service’s new scheme with the London Ambulance Service - contact HRCH.diabetesrichmond@nhs.net or call 020 8714 4070.