The new Diabetes Day Centre (DDC) opened last week at the Louth County Hospital.
The unit was opened by Robbie Curran, Clan na Gael and Louth footballer and Mike Lyons, hurler with the Louth Hurling team, who only a few weeks ago led Louth to a brilliant win in the Lory Meagher Cup final at Croke Park.
The newly refurbished Diabetes Day Centre at Louth County Hospital offers significantly improved person-centred facilities and coordinated service for people with diabetes who attend Louth Hospital.
The Diabetes Day Centre will be a major resource for people with diabetes, the community and the Louth Hospital.
The Diabetes Day Centre team aims to promote self-management for people with diabetes and minimize the risk of developing diabetes related complications.
Individual education and structured education programmes will be provided in the Diabetes Day Centre for people with Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes and intensive management for people with diabetes who require support.
A Pre-Pregnancy Care service is offered for women with diabetes, and these include Type 1, Type 2, previous gestational diabetes (diabetes diagnosed in pregnancy) and specialist advice in planning a pregnancy, which is essential to achieve the best possible outcome for both mother and baby.
The Diabetes Day Centre is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of Health Care Professionals involved in the management of diabetes, and these include Endocrine Consultants, Diabetes Nurse Specialists, Dieticians and Podiatrists.
The centre operates both an appointment system and a telephone advice service.
Speakers at the opening included Ms. Louise O’Hare, Hospital Manager, Mrs. Catriona Crowley General Group Manager, Louth Hospital’s, Pauline O’Hanlon Diabetes Nurse Specialist and Professor Firth, Consultant Endocrinologist.
Four patients were presented with medals from Diabetes Ireland and Diabetes Uk in recognition of their achievement in living with Type 1 Diabetes for over fifty years.