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 specialist diabetes nurse Lorna Bingham has been invaluable in developing their diabetes management skills and enabling them to start people on insulin.

Left to right: Jacqui Levine and Healther Wilson

Heather says moving to insulin, which has to be done through self-injection, is often a difficult process for patients.

‘Patients need a lot of support through it and having them know and trust you can really help. It’s quite an intensive time, starting on a low dose and gradually increasing it. There’s a lot of communication going on between the nurses, the patient and the GP as we work to get the dose right and it helps when that can all happen in the same place.’

Both Heather and Jacqui feel more confident with their diabetes management.

‘We’re able to give more consistent messages to patients when everyone has similar levels of understanding, and this is reassuring for the people we care for,’ says Jacqui.

This story is part of Karori Medical Centre – Supporting patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Read the next story in this series: Karori Medical Centre supports Chris to manage his diabetes.

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