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Taking diabetes care to schools

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Managing type 1 diabetes can be challenging for anybody with the condition. However, for many school children, living with diabetes can bring a whole new set of challenges. In particular how it makes them feel on a social level and the stigma attached to coming into hospital for routine check-ups.

Hillingdon Hospital has started to tackle these challenges and has moved care for children with diabetes from the hospital into the classroom. This has resulted in a large drop in rates of children missing appointments.

With at least 15,400 children in schools across England with diabetes, the burden of type 1 diabetes in school age (5-16 years) children is undoubtedly high.

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This is a brilliant service which has improved follow up for CYPD and achieved what most Paediatric diabetes services strive for by reducing DNA appointments. Let me know when the resources are available for other teams to use please.
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