Nurses and patients with thei insulin pumpsEnsuring that young people who have diabetes get the right level of insulin can be difficult, and paediatric diabetes teams are always looking for new ways to support those that they care fore.
Two Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurses who work at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust ensured that that they were first to use a new type of insulin pump that would make it even easier for young people to manage their own health.
The nurses received support from Roche Diabetes Care to trial the new system in an ‘early access programme’, which allowed them to offer Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump therapy four months before it was released nationally.
The pump includes an innovative touch screen remote control handset and newly developed prefilled insulin cartridges which aim to make administering insulin easier for the users.
Two 17-year-old service users, Ella Hodges and Hannah Kenton, were the first people in the world to receive the pump outside of medical trials.
Ella, a student at Rochdale Sixth Form, said the new pump and it’s pre-filled insulin cartridges made her feel more confident about managing her condition.
She said: “It’s great, it’s really quick to use and maintain compared to the one I was using before.”
Hannah, who is studying at Oldham Sixth Form, added: “It definitely makes me feel more confident about going to university, it’s easier to manage.”
Lead Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale for Pennine Care, Mena Gilbert, said she and colleague Joanne Titchen had now introduced the new pump to other children in the service.
She said: “We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to be the first paediatric team in the world to launch the new pump which will help the children and young people and their families to manage their diabetes and insulin administration more easily.”
“There has been really positive feedback from both Ella and Hannah. They have both stated that they will now feel more confident about managing their diabetes when at university.”
Research shows using an insulin pump can help reduce instances of high blood sugars and associated hospital admissions.
The Paediatric Diabetes Team supports around 80 children and young people in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale to manage their diabetes, improve their health and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.