Tag - NHS

Islet cell transplants becoming a welcome reality

It’s great to see stories where people are successfully undergoing islet cells transplants.

Kathleen Duncan has made the news this week for becoming the first woman in Scotland to receive an islet cell transplant.

A number of NHS centres around the UK are starting to roll out islet cell transplantation as a treatment procedure. The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s transplant unit, where Kathleen’s transplant was carried out is one of these with other islet cell transplant centres including London, Bristol, Oxford, Newcastle and Manchester.

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NHS Trusts: Fat cuts vs fat cats

In the news we’re hearing two different sides of the NHS. Purse strings are being being drastically tightened on NHS Trust budgets whilst the top NHS earners’ own take home pay is healthily growing year on year.

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Top 10 ways to meet diabetes carbohydrate guidelines

In our previous blog post, one of our readers, H Myrie asked us how much food would you need to eat to meet the Department of Health’s carbohydrate recommendations for people with diabetes?

In other words, how much food would you need to eat to take in 225-300g of carbs?

So to answer the question, we’ve compiled a list to show how much of different items you’d need to eat within a day to meet this government recommendation which is passed down to us via the NHS.

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My 20,000 strong healthcare team

Where would I be without my 20,000 health team?

They’re open 24 hours a day and weekends too. I can ask almost any question I like and usually get a detailed response. What’s more, many of my questions are answered even before I’ve asked them.

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What will become of the NHS?

The Government is planning some bold changes to the structure of the NHS –by way of their proposed Health and Social Care Bill.

Health and Social Care Bill 2011

One of the key propositions is to hand GPs control of commissioning and budgeting. Each GP practice will join a commissioning consortium. It is not currently known how many consortia there will be but it is likely to be at least a few hundred. The idea is that by directly involving GPs in commissioning, decisions for where money is spent will be moved a step closer towards patients.

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Why so little spent on diabetes research?

With all the money spent on treating diabetes, is it not about time that governments committed some more money towards research to help beat the rising tide of diabetes?

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With diabetes costing the NHS so much, what can we do?

Recent news reported that the cost of prescriptions for type 2 diabetes and other metabolic conditions is over $50 billion per year, making up over 20% of the total prescription costs of the US. In the UK we have a similar situation.

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Are analogue insulins such a waste of money?

The recent news from Channel 4 and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) about whether the NHS is wasting millions of pounds of money by prescribing analogue insulins to type 2 diabetics has provoked a fair weight of discussion on the diabetes forum.

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