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[IPk] Re: Transferring hospitals

In a message dated 25/09/2002 11:04:57 GMT Daylight Time, email @ redacted 

> Have others had to travel great distances to find a hospital who would help
> them.  If so how do you get transferred and how do you find out if they 
> will
> take you as a patient??

Hello Jackie

It is worth ringing hospitals and asking to speak to someone in their 
diabetes clinic.  Once you have got through, ask if they have a diabetologist 
and if so, ask for the secretary's name.  Ask the secretary if they have any 
patients on pumps (remember that there may be 2 diabetologists - one for 
children and one for adults).  If they haven't, they usually know the nearest 
hospital who do have.  Once you find a hospital who have patients on pumps, 
ask how you can get an appointment.  They will usually say that you need to 
go through your GP but they might take your name so that they can look out 
for a letter coming.  If not, ask the secretary if she would make a note of 
your name.

I would add though that our hospital were not keen to take on Danielle on the 
pump, but our pump nurse said that it would not be a problem because all she 
needed was support from a diabetes specialist nurse and a consultant.  As she 
travels the country, she said that she could get the support from any of the 
next nearest hospitals to us.  In the end, our consultant said he wanted to 
learn about the pump because I said that they were going to be one of the 
last hospitals to catch on at this rate.

The best thing you can do is get a pump nurse to come and visit you.  She 
will guide you as to the best way to go about it.  She rang our consultant 
and explained things to him and she is meeting him with us in a few weeks.  
Get information from the pump companies and then arrange to see a nurse.  
You've got nothing to lose.

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