A new one-stop-shop for diabetes patients has officially opened its doors at a Sheffield hospital.
The new Diabetes and Endocrine Centre will provide specialised care and education at the Northern General in Fir Vale, bringing treatment and monitoring facilities together under one roof.
Services include a dedicated outpatient nursing team, podiatry rooms, eye screening, a blood-taking room, consultation spaces and hi-tech equipment.
The centre’s manager Joanne Ferraby said: “Previously, specialist services for patients with diabetes were separated and dotted across the large hospital site.
“The new centre allows us to enhance patient care by looking after all aspects of the condition in one appointment.
“The new design prevents patients from having to make additional trips into hospital and saves time taken up by travelling from one clinic to another.”
A patient education suite has also been developed within the centre to teach patients how to manage their diabetes better.
Joanne added: “An added bonus of the move has been the improvement in communication between specialities.
“The site hosts a large multidisciplinary office which accommodates research, podiatry, dietetic, psychology, specialist nursing - inpatient, outpatient and community teams - as well as administrative staff.
“With us all now working together, it is much easier to look at improving ways of working for our patients.”
Patient Susan Dunigan, aged 60, said she was ‘extremely impressed.’
“The new centre is a pleasant and colourful environment,” she said.