New study to explain high rate of diabetes emergency admissions to Nottingham hospitals

Tue, 08 Feb 2011
The NHS in Nottingham are conducting a survey to explain why emergency hospital admissions for diabetes are higher in the city than in most other parts of the country. NHS Nottingham City, which is responsible for healthcare in the city, is launching a new study into the reasons behind the high levels of admissions for diabetes-related complications, with the results being announced later in the year.

Although the latest figures show there are 12,846 adults in Nottingham with diabetes, which is below the national average, they have a greater rate of hospital admissions, with 600 cases occurring in the same year.

Figures also reveal that admissions for limb complications were 80 per cent higher than the national average, with 40 per cent greater for cases of hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia .

Shirley Smith, assistant director of commissioning community services at NHS Nottingham City, commented "We probably have similar numbers to the county, but people in the county are probably better at self managing and accessing services. We are very high when you compare accident and emergency attendances, that's why it's a priority area."

She added "The early findings show that a number of admissions seem to be from the younger generation. University students with diabetes are not particularly interested in following a strict regime. After a couple of nights the whole blood sugar management goes out of the window."
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