It will run for two years initially to cover the type-2 diabetes patients across the Hambleton and Richmondshire districts. The programme started in January this year was originally operating in two local GP practices - Mowbray House Surgery in Northallerton and the Central Dales Practice in Upper Wensleydale.
Mowbray House GP Dr Duncan Rogers said: ‘We identified a gap in the provision of education to patients with type-2 diabetes and decided to put our own programme in place consistent in approach and content with the nationally accredited scheme.'
Jim Khambatta, senior commissioning manager at NHS North Yorkshire and York, said: ‘Structured diabetes programmes provide an understanding of the condition together with information and advice on important issues such as blood glucose management, diet and exercise. They are very effective ways of helping people cope with the day to day control of their condition.'
A spokesperson for NHS North Yorkshire and York added that this control leaded to 'a better quality of life and long term health benefits, with a reduction of later complications and hospital admissions'.
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