|'We should ALL have a right NOT a fight for an insulin pump' by a person trying to get a pump in Glasgow|
|Yorkhill Children's Hospital - Media Statement release|
Some of Yorkhill's services may be reduced or stopped due to the reduction of nursing staff - this includes the pump service, and home and school visits for newly diagnosed children. Around 20 children currently use Insulin Pump Therapy at Yorkhill, while those children will continue with this treatment there will be no new pumpers for the foreseeable future.On 14th July 2010 Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board press office released a media Statement on Insulin Pumps.
NHS GREATER GLASGOW AND CLYDE STATEMENT ON INSULIN PUMPS
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has an established insulin pump service which takes on a set number of new starts per year and training is ongoing.
We also intend to expand paediatric pump access through savings generated by the shift from home monitoring of non-insulin dependant Type II Diabetes.
It is estimated that these savings will amount to around £300,000 which NHSGGC believes will be adequate to finance the expansion of the paediatric service in line with the clinical advice received from the Diabetes Managed Clinical Network (MCN).
It is clear from this advice that the important priority is to enable more children with diabetes to access pumps.
There is also further guidance and evidence awaited which will inform our consideration of any further expansion of pumps as will the availability of funding and other priorities for service development.
Glasgow receive 5 pumps per year and Clyde receive 2, 1 for an adult and 1 for a child. Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board have less than 1% of their patients on pumps, this figure is well below the Scottish average and a shocking statistic for the largest Health Board in Scotland. Even after the release of the above media statement we are still hearing parents continue to be advised the pump service is supended and children due to start pumping in the next few months will not be getting their pump.
We will keep you updated with news of the situation as we hear about it.