Viewpoint: Why we need joined-up thinking in diabetes care

Dr Ralph Abraham explains how the new identity for London Medical's diabetes practice is a culmination of a vision nurtured over 25 years.

Dr Ralph Abraham
Dr Ralph Abraham

On October 15 2016, the diabetes practice of London Medical marks a major milestone in our 25-year history by commencing operations as The London Diabetes Centre.

This marks the achievement of my original vision when I started this practice in 1991 – to found a clinic where people with diabetes, which is complex and requires different specialists and treatments for individual patients, will get better expertise and support at every level, every time, in the course of the disease they live with, for many years.

The London Diabetes Centre

The London Diabetes Centre is the UK’s most experienced team in the private sector and a global centre of excellence. Its experts have over 25 years’ experience and have treated almost 20,000 people with every type of diabetes, including paediatric  diabetes.
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This article has been funded by London Medical for GP Connect

The conviction that we treat the whole person – not just the disease – remained the touchstone of our success and reputation over the next quarter-century. Today, we are widely regarded not only as the most experienced diabetes team in the UK private sector, but also a global centre of excellence.

Almost 20,000 people with every type of diabetes have come to seek our expertise that ranges from preventative to tertiary.

What does our ‘whole person’ approach look like?

By consciously designing a one-stop shop where the patient is able to access a complete range of specialists required to treat diabetes, take all tests, and find the pumps, insulins, medications, advice and supplies they need in one integrated set-up, in one location.

This experience of complete care was new to patients when we first started, not to mention the ongoing monitoring, patient support and education services that we took to a whole new level.

How are we integrated?

By remaining an integral part of London Medical, thus providing on-site access to expertise in a wider range of specialities and facilities. This is not only necessary but absolutely crucial for the quality management of diabetes where complications implicate every system in the human body. Arteries. The heart. Blood pressure. The liver. Sleep apnoea. Nerves. Eyes. Kidneys. Feet. Skin.

Diabetes care involves different systems as glucose and the circulation connects them all. With cardiologists, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, diabetes specialist nurses, nutritionists, podiatrists, orthotic specialists, neurologists, dermatologists, we cover the field with our deep interconnectivity. This is unique in London, everyone in one place.

As The London Diabetes Centre, we are committed to continually bringing the most advanced treatments and technologies to our patients — from the young who are diagnosed with needing insulin injections, to adults with advanced arterial disease which puts them at risk of heart attack and stroke.

Equally, we look forward to continuing to work with the GP community in helping all who live with diabetes live life to the fullest.

  • Dr Ralph Abraham is a renowned diabetes specialist and founded London Medical in 1991.

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