Doncaster in country’s top five for diabetes care

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Latest figures from the National Diabetes Audit have placed Doncaster in the top five in England for Type 2 diabetes care.

The NHS Atlas of Variation 2011, which forms part of the National Diabetes Audit, collects data from primary and secondary care organisations on each of the nine key care checks for people with Type 2 diabetes.

The health community in Doncaster was ranked fifth best in the country out of the 151 primary care trusts (now Clinical Commissioning Groups); with 67.1% of the 17,500 Doncaster people with the condition receiving all nine care checks.

Delivery of all nine care checks is a joint collaboration between GPs, Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, and the health trust that runs Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals.

The care checks, recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NIHCA), include eye screening, foot examinations, blood pressure, and cholesterol, blood glucose levels, weight, and urine testing for proteins, kidney function and a smoking review.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals is responsible for the diabetes eye screening service for all people with Type 2 diabetes in Doncaster.

In addition to this, the Trust carries out all nine care processes for the 5% of patients with complex Type 2 diabetes who are cared for in a hospital setting.

The uptake of people coming forward for their eye screening in Doncaster was 89.7%, which is a significant contribution to the overall 67.1% for the whole Doncaster health community.

Dr John Hosker, Consultant Physician for Diabetes at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, said: “These figures are very pleasing and it is very much a whole health community success.

“Achieving 89.7% up take of the eye screening has certainly gone some way towards our health community reaching the top five in the country.

“Eye screening is very important for people with Type 2 diabetes to prevent blindness and we aim to deliver the very highest quality of care for patients.

“The diabetes atlas from the national audit helps us to do just that by allowing us to compare quality of care and share best practice.”

Dr Nick Tupper, Chair of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is an excellent example of GP practices and our local hospital trust working closely and effectively together to provide great care for Doncaster patients.”

The Diabetes Atlas has been produced in partnership with the National Diabetes Information Service, Diabetes Health Intelligence and Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory, and can be assessed at

Diabetes affects over two million people in England and Wales. It’s caused by the inability to use or produce insulin and leads to raised blood glucose. If these glucose levels are not kept within normal limits, patients may develop long term complications. The National Diabetes Audit is considered the largest annual clinical audit in the world and the information it provides helps to improve services for people with diabetes.