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A new approach to managing patients at risk of diabetes

Jenny Aston looks at how group consultations could save nurses’ time, and improve patient experience

In my role as an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) with a diabetes specialism, I am diagnosing increasing numbers of patients with both type 2 diabetes; and those at risk of developing diabetes (HBA1c of 42-47 mmol). Granta Medical Practices where I work, is a merged group of five practices – now a primary care network (PCN) with 44,000 patients.

Several years ago I developed a patient passport to try and help patients to become more aware of their long term conditions and encourage them to be more self-caring by providing them with their test results such as cholesterol and HBA1c.

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