Karori Medical Centre – supporting patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes

These stories show how Karori Medical Centre in Wellington is helping patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes to manage their conditions.

Karori Medical Centre

A team approach to managing diabetes

Increasingly, health professionals in hospitals and GP practices are joining forces to give people the best possible care. This is certainly the case at Wellington’s Karori Medical Centre. Read more

‘Some people have real difficulty sticking to their medication because they often have other things going on in their lives ... So you have to address those things, and treat the whole person rather than just their disease.’

Lorna brings specialist hospital advice to Karori Medical Centre

Lorna Bingham has been a specialist diabetes nurse with Capital & Coast DHB for 20 years. She works closely with practices such as Karori Medical Centre, supporting practice nurses with their diabetes nurse-led clinics. Read more

‘... when the specialist works with general practices, we know who is seeing the patient and that they are not falling through the cracks.’

Specialist training for practice nurses means people can be treated by those they know

Karori Medical Centre practice nurses Jacqui Levine and Heather Wilson say training and support from Lorna has been invaluable in developing their diabetes management skills and enabling them to start people on insulin. Read more

‘Patients need a lot of support through it and having them know and trust you can really help.’

Karori Medical Centre supports Chris to manage his diabetes

Chris Ward speaks highly of the care and support he has received from the Karori Medical Centre as he manages his diabetes. Read more

‘I have someone I can go to directly who will have a quick answer for me.’

Understanding diabetes key to managing it properly

Sally says it helps her make changes when the doctors and nurses are so encouraging.

The GPs and nurses at Karori Medical Centre have been working with Sally (not her real name) to manage issues with her medication and metabolism. Read more

He Tama Wairua, He Tama Tinana

Reducing risk, changing lives

Specialist diabetes nurse Lorna Bingham works closely with a community-based health and exercise programme primarily for Māori and Pacific men who are concerned about their diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk. Read more

An evaluation found that 94% of participants had increased their cardio-fitness.

Exercise and education course means Fred now ‘does everything right’

Fred Lefaoseu saw himself as an active man, who played president’s grade rugby and walked regularly. So it came as a huge shock when he had a heart attack last year, at the age of just 42. Read more

‘My father was a type 2 diabetic and died of a heart attack at 65.... I knew I had to do something.’

A life saver and life changer for Rod

‘It’s an incredible support network ... community health at its most effective.’

In 2013, Rod’s doctor told him he was pre-diabetic and that his cholesterol level was creeping up – even though he was on a very high dosage of cholesterol-reducing medication. Fred Lefaoseu told him about He Tama Wairua, He Tama Tinana and invited him along. Read more

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