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Re: [IPk] Funding

In message <email @ redacted>,
Kentish, Julette <email @ redacted> writes
>Dear Pat, There are lots of ways patients can do this. I have been
>thinking of this for sometime now and I would be inclined to get my
>consultant to send a letter to the GP stating that it is recommended
>therapy for you because of blah, blah, blah....
My consultant has now said he's going to do this.
>Despite the idea of shared care about your diabetes between primary (GP)
>and secondary care (Your consultant) I think ultimately it is your
>consultant's responsibility to inform your GP of any changes to your
I have found that consultants and GPs rarely communicate effectively (I
have, for example, surprised a previous GP, who received a letter from
my eye specialist, assuring the GP that the deterioration in my eyesight
was due to pregnancy, and would resolve itself after birth.  I know I
could shed a pound or two, but ... I can't conceived!

>We would automatically have notes to do this as part of any
>assessment for BDEC. I doubt the forum could have authorisation to send

What is BDEC?  I assume it's a pump by another name.

>a letter to your GP because we are not a part of your direct care
>pathway. I agree that it is difficult, and perhaps may get the GP off
>side to simply have the support group tell him what is happening with
>his/her patient, because ultimately he should be in charge of this (it
>is his drug's budget that will pay for your insulin etc..).

Thanks for this.  When my GP is informed (and I hope I'm informed that
he's informed), I can suggest that he contact the group.  I know he's
interested in diabetes (which is a head start).

Best wishes,
Pat Reynolds
email @ redacted
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