The University Hospitals of Leicester are three general hospitals, the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) having approximately 953 beds, the Leicester General Hospital (LGH) having 708 beds and Glenfield Hospital having 465 beds. Each hospital has its own specialty. The Leicester Royal Infirmary has the only Accident and Emergency Department, which covers the area of Leicester and Leicestershire. The Leicester General has the Renal Unit and Glenfield has the Cardiac Surgery Unit.
The In-patients services tend to run differently at each hospital. The diabetes wards are ward 37 & ward 38 at the LRI.
We have several Diabetes Specialist Nurses who do one or two shifts a week covering the wards across the three University Hospitals of Leicester Diabetes Education HealthCare assistants help the Diabetes Specialist Nurse on the wards. The Diabetes Education HealthCare Assistants teach patients about injection apparatus and technique and blood glucose monitoring. Patients are referred by ward staff using the electronic referral system to the Diabetes Team only when there is a need for education or advice on control.
At present the link nurse system is under review. It is expected that Link Nurses will be on all sites and renamed ‘ThinkGlucose Champions’. This will involve training being done at ward level with the nurse and they will be expected to complete some competencies. However we do offer training for staff across all three sites dates will be announced shortly. Study Days are arranged for trained staffs all over UHL, which are normally over subscribed.
Some of these Link Nurses have become Diabetes Specialist Nurses. A number of study days are also arranged for Diabetes Education Healthcare Assistants and these are very well attended. We will also be offering training for clinic co-ordinators and porters in the management of diabetes emergencies’ in the future, please look out for theses dates
Inpatient referral to DSN will only be accepted via ICM. Bleep or phone requests will not be accepted for routine referrals - See Inpatient Referral Critera to DSNs
ThinkGlucose is a programme designed to support trusts to deliver a clinical pathway that improves the management of inpatients with diabetes as a secondary diagnosis. Follow our story of how we are implementing this programme in the trust by visiting our ThinkGlucose website page.